AU threatens South Sudan factions with sanctions
31 January 2015, 18:56
Addis Ababa - The African Union on Saturday joined regional
and international organisations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions
Sanctions will be imposed on all parties in South Sudan who
continue to undermine the cessation of hostilities agreement, the African Union
Peace and Security Council said.
The council urged the government and rebels to establish the
structure for a transitional government of national unity before the end of the
African Union summit in Addis Ababa, which concludes on Saturday.
The UN Security Council and IGAD have also threatened
sanctions on those hindering the peace process.
Fighting broke out December 2013 between President Salva
Kiir's troops and those loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.
Kiir and Machar have met at least twice this week to hold
The two sides have signed several peace deals brokered by
neighbouring governments, but none have stopped the warfare.
Much of the violence has pitted the Dinkas, who back Kiir,
against the Nuer, who support Machar.