South Sudan peace talks postponed


The East African bloc of nations IGAD said it postponed this month’s talks aimed at securing the implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal, the latest bid to end a four-year civil war.

Despite several agreements and ceasefires, fighting has rumbled on in South Sudan with barely a break since first starting at the end of 2013, two years after independence.

Government and rebel groups signed the latest ceasefire in December in Addis Ababa, aiming to revive a pact reached in 2015, but the truce was violated within hours.

IGAD, due to hold a new round of talks on April 26 and other international bodies have been seeking to resolve differences between the two sides, including working on the release of rebel leader Riek Machar.

The bloc said last month Machar should be released from house arrest in South Sudan as soon as possible, on condition he renounces violence.

This month’s talks were due to be held in the Ethiopian capital. The bloc said they were postponed, without giving a reason or setting a new date.