Fighting erupted in the South Sudan capital, Juba, in mid-December. It followed a political power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his ex-deputy Riek Machar. The squabble has taken on an ethnic dimension as politicians' political bases are often ethnic.
South Sudan Peace Deal Unsigned As Rebels Seek Detainee Release -- Bloomberg Businessweek
An accord to halt fighting in South Sudan hasn’t been signed because rebels are demanding the release of leading opponents detained by the government before they agree to a truce.
“We’ve agreed on a cessation document but rebels are reluctant to sign it,” South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei said in an interview today at the negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. “They’re connecting the signing with the release of the detainees, which is not in place.”
Violence erupted in South Sudan on Dec. 15 after President Salva Kiir accused former deputy Riek Machar, whom he fired in July, of trying to stage a coup. Machar denies the charge. The dispute escalated into clashes between members of Kiir’s ethnic Dinka community and Machar’s Nuer group. Peace talks between negotiators from both sides are into their third week in Addis Ababa.
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