partlycloudy
Saturday September 22nd, 2018 1:26AM

Fighting breaks out in South Sudan 2 days after peace deal

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Fighting has broken out in South Sudan two days after the warring sides signed what the government called a "final final" peace agreement to end the civil war. Each side blames the other for the attacks.

Clashes erupted Friday morning in Central Equatoria state when government troops stormed bases in Lainya and Kajo Keji counties, opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said.

"That means the regime is not serious about the peace," Gabriel told The Associated Press.

The government called the accusations "propaganda." The attacks were instigated by opposition forces that emerged from hiding along the Ugandan border and were trying to reclaim territory, spokesman Lul Roai Koang told the AP.

An investigation into the reports is underway, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, the body charged with monitoring the cease-fire, said on Twitter. It reminded all parties of their commitment to refrain from hostilities. The body reports to the East African regional bloc that negotiated the peace deal.

South Sudan's five-year civil war has killed untold tens of thousands of people and created more than 2 million refugees, Africa's largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Half of the remaining population of 12 million faces hunger and the economy of the oil-rich nation has collapsed.

President Salva Kiir and the head of the armed opposition, Riek Machar, signed the latest attempt at peace on Wednesday in neighboring Ethiopia. Under the power-sharing arrangement Machar will once again be Kiir's deputy — an arrangement that sparked the civil war in December 2013 when supporters of the two men clashed. Machar's return to the vice presidency in 2016 was short-lived when fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, and he fled the country.

Many international observers have expressed skepticism about this new agreement. "We remain concerned about the parties' level of commitment," said a statement by the United States, Britain and Norway, the troika that worked to bring South Sudan to independence from Sudan in 2011.

___

Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africa

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
Hurricane Florence has lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses
9:09AM ( 8 minutes ago )
Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad
Syrian activists say residents in the country's last opposition-held province, Idlib, are demonstrating against President Bashar Assad, in defiance of an expected government offensive to retake the territory
9:08AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Monster typhoon barrels closer to north Philippines, China
Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation is underway
9:02AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
No joke as ex-comic becomes Slovenia's new prime minister
Slovenia's new prime minister used to make people laugh, but there is nothing funny about his new role
7:08AM ( 2 hours ago )
Kremlin: Britain could ask to interrogate poisoning suspects
The Kremlin says that Russia would consider a request by British investigators to come and interrogate the two men accused of poisoning a former spy.
6:48AM ( 2 hours ago )
Abe aims to rewrite Japan constitution as he seeks 3rd term
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is vying for a third three-year term as ruling party leader, extending his stay in power to work on his long-cherished ambition _ to revise the country's constitution
6:20AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP World News
Florence rolls ashore in Carolinas, tears buildings apart
Hurricane Florence has lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge, ripping apart buildings and knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses
9:09AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad
Syrian activists say residents in the country's last opposition-held province, Idlib, are demonstrating against President Bashar Assad, in defiance of an expected government offensive to retake the territory
9:08AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Monster typhoon barrels closer to north Philippines, China
Typhoon Mangkhut has retained its ferocious strength and shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation is underway
9:02AM ( 15 minutes ago )
The Latest: Perry says US energy sector ready for hurricane
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the U.S. electricity sector was well prepared for Hurricane Florence even as hundreds of thousands of homes lost power
8:56AM ( 22 minutes ago )
Russian Orthodox Church debates strategy on Ukraine
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is chairing a meeting of top priests to decide how to respond to Orthodox Christianity's leading body move to send two envoys to Ukraine.
8:53AM ( 25 minutes ago )