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The Netherlands suspends cooperation with South Sudan

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The Netherlands is suspending all programs it had agreed to work on with the government of South Sudan.

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"Yesterday I spoke to the minister of cabinet affairs to tell him about my disappointment of lack of progress in the peace talks in Addis Ababa," Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lillanne Ploumen told a press briefing at the Netherlands embassy in Juba.

"I informed him that we will continue to remain committed to the people of South Sudan but we have decided to stop at this point the programs that we have with the central government of South Sudan because again we feel the government and the opposition should put more weight behind the peace process and should show more progress in the peace process," she said.

She, however, pointed that her government will continue assisting the needs of the affected people of South Sudan.

"That means that we are contributing to the relief operations going on by the agencies," she said. "We will also continue to work with different organizations to provide for the vulnerable people."

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