U.K. monitors South Sudan ceasefire deal

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The U.K. is closely monitoring a ceasefire deal signed between South Sudan’s government and rebel factions, Reuters reports British special envoy Chris Trott to say.

South Sudan has been dogged by a civil war since December 2013, sparked by a political feud between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel chief, Riek Machar.

Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup against his rule, an accusation the latter refuted. Machar went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.

The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, prompting the United Nations to rank South Sudan as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis.

A peace deal signed in 2015 was continually violated, rendering it ineffective. The warring factions however signed an agreement in December to re-commit to the 2015 deal as the country works towards an election this year.

Trott said the U.K. had noticed violations of the peace deal and would work with regional partners to identify individuals guilty of undermining the treaty.

”Anyone that spoils the chances of peace should understand that we are watching…any breach of the peace process,” Reuetrs quotes him to say.

“We have seen…violations of the agreement and what we are saying to the parties is that this is unacceptable.”

Early this month, several people were killed after fighting broke out near Juba.

The army blamed the rebels who they said attempted to seize a military outpost west of Juba.

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