Opposition Parties Refuse Signing Peace Agreement with South Sudan Government

Opposition Parties Refuse Signing Peace Agreement with South Sudan Government

South Sudan’s opposition parties have rejected what was to be the final version of the peace agreement with the government.

The move threatens to destabilise the fragile process.

On Tuesday, opposition leader and former Vice President Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, representing the splintered opposition parties, refused to initial the document.

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The development came in Khartoum, the capital of neighbouring Sudan where the peace talks are being held, said Suna, Sudan’s state-run media.

South Sudan earlier this month celebrated when both sides signed a power-sharing agreement and it appeared to signal an end to the country’s five-year civil war.

The opposition is contesting several outstanding issues in the most recent version of the agreement, including how many states South Sudan should have and their boundaries as well as security arrangements.

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