South Sudan: Salva Kiir signs peace deal

By Editorial Board - 27 August 2015 at 8:45 pm
South Sudan President Salva Kiir, seated, signs a peace deal, as Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, center-left, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, center-right, and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, right, witness the signing while standing behind, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy Riek Machar. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

AP Photo/Jason Patinkin

Yesterday, the South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, has signed the peace deal with rebel leader Riek Machar.

The signing comes more than a week after Kiir initially refused to sign the negotiated deal. A ceremony was held in the capital Juba and was attended by African regional leaders.

The presidents of Uganda and Kenya along with the prime minister of Ethipia attended the event on Wednesday. They were all involved in mediating the negotiations.

United Nations Security Council had threated to take immediate action by Wednesday if Kiir did not sign the agreement.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent, Anna Cavell, reporting from the capital, said that the agreement could be very important for the future of the country.

“However, some of the top commanders have split from [rebel leader] Machar, and they say the peace deal means nothing to them, so … it does not mean that it would end the fighting,” she continued.

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