Peace deal between warring parts of South Sudan comes into effect

Peace deal between warring parts of South Sudan comes into effect

Hopes high as South Sudan ceasefire comes into effect


A slip of political dispute between President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar in 2013 has degenerated into a major conflict.

The violence led to split within the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), leaving soldiers to fight alongside ethnic lines.

A 2015 peace agreement to end the conflict was weakened after renewed fighting in July 2016 forced Machar to flee the country. But a cease-fire by South Sudan’s warring sides began today amid concerns over whether this latest attempt at peace will hold.

Reuters reports that the” agreement signed Thursday after internationally brokered talks is an effort to salvage a 2015 peace deal. The United States has called the agreement “the last chance for the implementation of the peace process.”

“South Sudan’s civil war is entering its fifth year and no one knows how many tens of thousands of people have been killed. Parts of the East African nation are on the brink of starvation and well over one million people have fled to neighboring countries.

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council warned of “costs or consequences” for South Sudan’s government and opposition if they undermine efforts to implement the 2015 peace deal. Consequences could include further sanctions.

Under the new agreement, the warring sides also committed to grant badly needed humanitarian access to conflict-affected areas and to release prisoners of war, political prisoners and abducted women and children.

South Sudan’s opposition on Friday accused government troops of attacking after the deal’s signing.

A spokesman for the opposition, Lam Paul Gabriel, has told The Associated Press they will respect the agreement but said the rebels were ready to defend themselves if the government did not.

“I doubt if it will hold but we will abide by it as we have always done,” he said.

South Sudan plunged into ethnic violence in December 2013, just two years after a long-fought-for independence from Sudan, when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, started battling those loyal to his former vice president, Riek Machar, a Nuer.

The UN and others have warned against ethnic violence and other abuses, including the recruitment of children as soldiers and the widespread use of sexual violence as a weapon of war 

Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

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