South Sudanese rebels ‘approve’ peace deal

South Sudanese Rebel leader Riek Machar PHOTO COURTESY

Rebels in South Sudan have agreed to sign the final peace deal with the government which is expected to happen formally at the Intergovernmental Authority for Development – IGAD summit.

The signing of the peace agreement was expected to happen last Tuesday but was met with disapproval from the rebels.

Rebel leader Riek Machar refused to sign the peace deal demanding that their reservations for the deal be guaranteed.

“By signing this document today, we have reached the conclusion of these negotiations, which consisted of two rounds, one about the outstanding issues and the other on the subsequent issues… The concerns of these parties will be discussed at IGAD summit,” said Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed at a press conference in Khartoum.

Last month both the rebels and the government signed a peaceful ceasefire agreement that saw promise to end the 6-year civil war.

The war has seen the destabilized the oil economy with thousands of residents being forced to flee since  December 2013.

The young nation sunk into civil war after months of tensions between president Salva Kiir and Rebel leader Riek Machar.

Several peace deals signed by the two factions have crumbled even before implementation with both parties accusing each other of sabotage.