East Africa To Take Charge Of South Sudan Ceasefire

Talks aimed at securing a ceasefire between government and rebel forces in South Sudan continue to falter. East African leaders have thrown their weight behind a plan to deploy regional troops to help keep the peace.

Two months on from the 24 January ceasefire between the government of South Sudan and the rebels led by dismissed former vice president Riek Machar, politically-fueled ethnic violence continues.

East African states have set in action a previously-discussed plan to deploy troops to help enforce the now undermined ceasefire. Meanwhile the latest round of talks between the two factions, scheduled to begin on 20 March, has been delayed after Juba chose not to send a delegation to the talks in Addis Ababa because of a dispute over who should be represented.

South Sudan’s neighbors are largely wary of getting involved in the ongoing violence, but are frustrated by the continuing fighting, and worry that it could escalate into a broader regional conflict. (CONTINUED - 1061 WORDS)