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Vol 57 No 3

Published 5th February 2016

South Sudan

Peace deal stalls again

Rival leaders oppose UN calls for sanctions against them but still block progress towards a government of national unity 

Despite damning reports from the United Nations and African Union, and threats of action against those seen as obstructing a peace deal, there is not enough political will to pressure President Salva Kiir Mayardit to rescind his unilateral division of the country into 28 states. China and Russia oppose efforts by the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on both Salva and his rival and sacked Vice-President, Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, for serial human rights violations and breaches of international law. In turn, Riek insists Salva must reverse the creation of the 28 new states before he will go to Juba to form the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) which is at the heart of the peace deal agreed last August.

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