S Sudan peace deal close to collapse
29 November 2015, Nirapad News: South Sudan’s repeatedly broken peace deal is at a “critical stage”, the African Union has warned, calling on rival forces to honour commitments amid fears it is close to collapse, says an online report.
AU Commission chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma warned that all sides must “abide by the commitments they have entered into under the peace agreement, including the permanent ceasefire.”
Internationally backed ceasefire monitors of the August 26 deal held their first meeting Friday in Juba—but with battles raging, rebels failed to turn up.
Dlamini-Zuma, in a statement released late Saturday, said the rebels must “ensure that they attend subsequent meetings” of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), set up by East Africa’s IGAD bloc.
The United States, Britain and Norway, key backers of the peace process, have warned the deal will “unravel” if the rivals continue to miss deadlines.
“Each day, the fighting and abuses continue, and an already grave humanitarian situation grows worse,” a joint statement Wednesday read.