South Sudan rebel chief Machar refuses to sign peace deal

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar. The United States has recommended Dr Machar, President Salva Kiir's army chief Paul Malong and his information minister Michael Makuei face UN sanctions. AFP PHOTO

South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar on Tuesday refused to sign a final peace deal with the government that aims to end a brutal civil war, a Sudanese mediator said.

“The main South Sudanese opposition groups, including the SPLM-IO (Machar faction), refused to sign the final document demanding that their reservations be guaranteed in it,” Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed told reporters.

The warring South Sudanese parties have held weeks of talks in Khartoum in search of a comprehensive peace deal to end the conflict in the world’s youngest country that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions since it erupted in December 2013.


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