Peace deal in South Sudan not signed

South Sudan President Salva Kiir fails to sign deal to end 20 months of war in South Sudan saying it needs more time

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President of South Sudan Salva Kiir attends a meeting during his official visit in adis Ababa on August 17, 2015

A peace deal proposed by regional leaders, to end the 20 months of civil war in South Sudan in order to avoid sanctions, was not signed on Monday as South Sudan President Salva Kiir refused to sign the deal saying he required more time, according to the mediator of the crisis.

The mediator for the regional group IGAD, Seyoum Mesfin, President Kiir asked for two weeks before signing the peace deal. South Sudanese rebels have already accepted the deal.

"In the next 15 days, the government will come back to Addis Ababa to finalise the peace agreement," Seyoum said.

Several rounds of negotiations have failed to end assaults by fighting sides, with both sides engaged in a war of attrition despite signing ceasefire deals.

The conflict in South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, has killed over 10,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.

The country has descended into chaos in December 2013 when a political row between Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar spiralled into armed conflict that reopened ethnic faultlines.

Last month, Aug. 17 was set as the deadline to end the drawn-out talks by IGAD - the East African bloc mediating the talks - which gave both sides what it called a compromise pact on power-sharing and other contentious issues, proposing a three-year interim period as a solution to the conflict.  



TRTWorld and agencies