Back to square one. A presidential decree read out on state television confirmed Mr Machar’s reappointment as vice president. This returns the government to where it was before the war broke out.
, BBC News
South Sudan President Salva Kiir has reappointed bitter rival Riek Machar as vice-president as part of a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of war, state television reported.
The civil conflict erupted in December 2013 after President Kiir accused Mr Machar of plotting a coup.
Since then thousands have died and more than two million have been displaced.
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South Sudan’s civil conflict has raged on since December 2013, despite several ceasefire agreements. Is the latest peace accord the real deal? (Photo: by Jason Patinkin/IRIN)
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South Sudan’s latest peace deal is unravelling as fighting picks up and a new declaration by President Salva Kiir threatens the most delicately struck parts of the agreement.
Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and rebel leader Riek Machar, a Nuer, signed a peace deal last month meant to end 21 months of fighting when a power struggle between the two degenerated into violence marked by army massacres of Nuer in the capital, Juba.
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“President Salva Kiir won’t attend the September 29 UN General Assembly because he feels like he is been treated like a schoolboy” – Information Minister Michael Makuei.
South Sudan’s president will snub a UN meeting aimed at boosting peace efforts because he feels he was summoned there like a “schoolboy”, a minister said Friday.
United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, to New York later this month in a bid to bolster their struggling peace accord.
Machar has said he will attend the September 29 meeting, but Kiir will only be sending his deputy.
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President Salva Kiir signs a peace agreement on 26 August that may not be worth the paper Ii’s written on. (Photo: Charles Lomodong)
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Yielding to the threat of U.N. sanctions, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir grudgingly a landmark peace deal Wednesday that would cede considerable power to his bitter enemy, rebel leader Riek Machar, as part of a power-sharing arrangement aimed at ending the young country’s 20-month-long civil war. signed
Or did he?
Continue reading South Sudan Signs a Peace Deal that is Unlikely to Last
Calls for targeted sanctions, including an arms embargo, grow louder as South Sudan’s leaders missed several of the ceasfire deadlines despite repeated pledges to put down their weapons. In practice, both sides have demonstrated a clear commitment to a military solution instead of a negotiated settlement. But how effective are the sanctions to deter the conflict?
, Sudan Tribune
THE African Union has supported calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan as fighting resumed between its warring parties, in violation of the cessations of hostilities agreement.
The AU commission, at the meeting held in Namibia, had briefed its Peace and Security Council on the developments and situation in South Sudan.
The Council expressed its concern over the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, including the escalation of hostilities and the grave humanitarian situation of civilians affected by the ongoing conflict.
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They have successfully fail to agree even for the sake of agreement … just like the Palestinians and the Israelis. Is it time to question IGAD itself for the failure as in the case of the United States for the Israel-Palestinian peace talks?
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday expressed deep disappointment after troubled talks to end more than a year of bloodshed in South Sudan broke off without a deal a day earlier.
Friday’s adjournment was the latest impasse in negotiations over the world’s youngest country, where a political row between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar triggered a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people.
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“Machar should not be rewarded with position of first vice president…. Where in the world is somebody who planned a coup brought in to share power that he wanted to take wholly for himself?” – President Salva Kiir
, The East African
AS THE South Sudan peace process continues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir spoke with The EastAfrican at State House in Juba.
As the president of South Sudan, why do you think your country is facing an internal war only three years after Independence?
The conflict came as a result of personal ambitions of individuals who wanted to take power by illegal means because they were afraid that they would not be elected if they went to the people. They opted for a military coup; when they failed; they transformed themselves into a guerrilla insurgency.
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“I am against arms embargo simply because that would undermine the government’s ability to defend itself against the insurgency … and even if one were imposed, it won’t be effective since ally Uganda wouldn’t enforce it.” – Susan Rice
, Foreign Policy
THE U.S. security advisor, Susan Rice, has for months resisted appeals from key allies, including Britain and France, to push for a weapons bans on South Sudan, diplomats, human rights advocates and congressional officials told Foreign Policy (FP) magazine.
President Barack Obama’s national security team, US secretary of state,
John Kerry and its ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power want an arms embargo imposed on South Sudan.
Both Power and Kerry have reportedly argued internally that South Sudan’s Salva Kiir has ignored Washington’s diplomatic appeals to halt the killings in the ongoing conflict, calling for more coercive measures, including an arms embargo on the young nation.
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