S SUDAN: Peace talks suspended with no any deal

ADDIS ABABA, MARCH 6, 2015(CISA) –Peace talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels adjourned on March 6 and there was no date set for the next meeting, an IGAD mediation official said in a statement.

Earlier Peace talks between South Sudan’s Government and rebels were extended to March 6 after the warring leaders President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar failed to meet an IGAD peace deadline of March 5.

According to the roadmap issued last month, talks were to have been completed by 5 March, with the goal of a transitional government by April.

East African intergovernmental body (IGAD), which had organised the talks, has been mediating a power sharing deal between the two rivals, in Addis Ababa.

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, reported Reuters.

Fighting in South Sudan erupted in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir dismissed his deputy, Riek Machar accusing him of plotting a coup.

The war quickly took on ethnic tones. Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed while more than 1.5 million are now displaced from their homes.

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