South Sudan Minister Says Renewed Rebel Attacks May Wash Down Scheduled Peace Talks

“Well, of course this [attack] blast the peace talks which are the IGAD initiative,” Makuei told Gurtong.

Last Tuesday the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in a special sitting on South Sudan in Nairobi resolved a number of resolutions in an effort to end current political stalemate in the country.

Among the resolutions included release of political detainees accused of masterminding a coup d’état mid this year to over throw South Sudan’s government and cessation of hostilities.

Government had earlier on said it accepted to the IGAD resolutions including cessation of hostilities.

On Tuesday morning the rebels are reported to have launched fresh attacks in the Jonglei State capital, Bor, bringing into question Riek’s acceptance of cessation of hostilities as urged by the IGAD.

“There is still fighting going on there [Bor],” Makuei said, adding the fighting is within the town of Bor after it was captured last week on Tuesday.

IGAD resolved that 31 December is the last date between government and Dr. Riek to have started peace talks in an effort to end the current crisis in the country which has now displaced and killed “thousands.”

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