October 20, 2018

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Fighting resumes in South Sudan

Fighting resumes in South Sudan

Fighting resumed in parts of South Sudan between government troops and rebel forces, two days after the president declined to sign a peace deal, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

President Salva Kiir, under international pressure to reach a compromise agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar, surprised mediators on Monday when he refused to sign the peace agreement after days of negotiations, saying he needs more time to consult.

That decision has been condemned by the international community, with the U.S. saying it will pursue new U.N. sanctions as a consequence.

With fresh reports of aggression between the country’s warring factions, it remains unclear if Kiir will ever sign the deal, which includes provisions on how to share power with Machar and also calls for a demilitarized capital. Read more

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