Chairman Royce Announces Hearing on the Turmoil in South Sudan

Jan 8, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that on Wednesday, January 15, he will convene a hearing to examine the current turmoil in South Sudan.  The hearing, entitled “South Sudan’s Broken Promise?” will begin at 10:00 a.m. 

The hearing follows a letter sent from Chairman Royce and other Congressional leaders to the South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit to express their deep concern about the growing ethnic violence and deteriorating security situation in South Sudan.

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “South Sudan has taken a disastrous turn - Africa’s newest nation is Africa’s latest crisis. The U.S. has expended significant time, money, and energy to usher in an independent southern Sudan. Sadly, we now see political figures that once stood up against the brutal regime in Khartoum, with hopes of bringing freedom and prosperity to their people, now turning their weapons against one another. The Committee will hear from the Administration why we’re at this tragic point and how best to use our influence moving forward.”

What:

Hearing:  “South Sudan’s Broken Promise?”

When:

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15

Where:

2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses:

The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Earl W. Gast
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Africa
U.S. Agency for International Development

***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates. 

***Coverage note:  All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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