Still no signing of South Sudan peace deal


South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar refused to sign the latest draft of a peace deal with the Juba government to end a years-long conflict, Sudan’s foreign minister said.

“The main opposition party, led by Machar, as well as another group, refused to sign, demanding guarantees over their reservations” about the deal, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed told reporters in Khartoum.

Sudan helped broker talks between the rebels and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir which appeared to achieve a breakthrough in recent months, with the sides signing up to a ceasefire on August 5.

Previous peace agreements held for only months before fighting resumed, which Kiir blames on foreign influence.