South Sudan: Leaders fail to meet deadline for Peace Deal

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South SudanWashington DC:
President of South Sudan Salva Kiir and his rival, rebel leader and former Vice President Riek Machar today once again failed the people of South Sudan by refusing to make the compromises necessary for peace.

The Us has strongly condemned the “lack of political leadership to resolve the man-made conflict that has exacted a terrible cost over the past nearly 15 months in South Sudan and reiterated the commitment to continue to work closely with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in its efforts to bring an end to the “senseless conflict”.

The conflict in South Sudan is a humanitarian catastrophe that continues, with more than two million people displaced.Its fallout has even led to the world’s worst food security crisis.

A US statemnent today said the entire South Sudan region is facing economic, security, and humanitarian costs from this conflict. There is no excuse for further fighting, and we will ensure that those who commit acts of violence—or otherwise undermine efforts toward peace—are held accountable. The US has called for the UN Security Council’s planned review of the situation, as called for by Resolution 2206, which the Security Council passed unanimously this week.

Today, the IGAD Chairman called on regional and international partners to work together to reinvigorate the peace process and agree to a common approach toward an end to the crisis. The United States and its Troika partners support vigorous efforts to end this conflict, and will work with IGAD, the African Union, and other international partners to urgently seek a way forward.