JULY 22, 2017
Western donors freeze support for ‘obsolete’ South Sudan peace deal
FILE PHOTO: South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, October 18, 2015.
Tiksa Negeri/File Photo
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Western donor nations will commit no further resources to support implementation of South Sudan’s peace deal, until East Africa’s leaders find a credible way of relaunching an agreement ripped apart by a worsening conflict.
Signed in 2015, the deal collapsed when rebel leader Riek Machar, appointed First Vice President in a unity government under President Salva Kiir, fled the country after fighting broke out in the capital Juba last July.
The government says it is implementing the peace deal after appointing a replacement for Machar, and the West has stood by it until now.