Fighting resumes in South Sudan after Salva Kiir refuses to sign peace deal

By Editorial Board - 19 August 2015 at 5:40 pm
In this photo taken on Saturday, July 25, 2015, People waiting for food distribution in Dablual. Soldiers believed to be South Sudanese government troops and allied militia stole relief food and killed seven people in an attack in a rebel-held part of Unity state, a local official said Thursday. The attack happened Monday in the village of Dablual. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

The chief mediator to the South Sudan deal told BBC that Salva Kiir’s refusal to sign the deal which would have ended the 18-month civil war was “mind-boggling”.

Seyoum Mesfin told the BBC that if Kiir refuses to sign in 15 days the regional body Igad will say “enough is enough”.

Fighting between the pro-government camp and the rebel forces resumed after Kiir’s refusal to approve the deal on Monday.

The BBC reported that nearly two million people are now homeless due to the conflict which broke out in 2013.

Kiir declined to sign the peace deal on Monday.

Riek Machar, leader of the rebels, told reporters “we do not have any reservations on the ceasefire. We have no reason to continue fighting. There is no reason why he [Kiir] requested for more time. He has got a good agreement.”

Seven ceasefires have been agreed upon and then broken since the beginning of the conflict in 2013.

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

Africa Times is an independent participative online news site for Sub-Saharan Africa. We aim to empower all African voices through publishing content by a range of people, from academics to bloggers. We are dedicated to bringing the world an African view on life, up-to-date African news and analysis.

Twitter: @_AfricaTimes

Leave a Reply