South Sudan peace talks adjourned

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Riek Machar

 

Peace talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels adjourned on Friday without a date being set for the next meeting.

East African intergovernmental body IGAD, which organized the talks, is expected to issue a statement later on Friday on the way forward after the conflicting sides failed to agree on a power sharing deal.

The two sides had allowed for any obstacles to be ironed out by the end of Thursday on a deal aimed at ending fighting that erupted in December 2013 after a political dispute that saw President Salva Kiir sack Riek Machar from his position as deputy president, but that was not the case.

The 5th March deadline meeting which took place on Thursday in Addis Ababa Ethiopia failed to reach a compromise forcing the tow sides to extend it to Friday.

However the meeting was again was adorned due to lack of progress over a power sharing deal.

On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and asset freezes on officials in the conflict-torn country or an arms embargo.

The resolution threatens to blacklist anyone undermining security or interfering with the peace process.

Fighting erupted in December 2013 after a political dispute in which President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar as deputy president.

The fighting in South Sudan has killed more than 10,000 people and driven more than 1.5 million from their homes. The conflict runs along ethnic rifts that pre-date independence.

An African Union report, yet to be officially released, calls for Kiir and Machar to be barred from a transitional government and for the oil-producing country to effectively be placed under AU control, sources and a draft of the report said.