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AU sanctions call unlikely to end fighting in South Sudan or relaunch all-inclusive peace talks

30 January 2018

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African Union (AU) chairman Moussa Faki stated on 28 January, during the regional bloc’s 30th annual summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that it was time for sanctions to be imposed on individuals blocking peace in South Sudan.

Faki’s statement came just days after the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that South Sudan’s government was an unfit partner for peace. Ambassador Haley was reacting to the numerous violations of the most recent (December 2017) ceasefire agreement signed between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s government and opposition groups including former vice-president Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO).

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