South Sudan’s foreign minister says the government will on Wednesday begin consultations with civil society, political parties and other stakeholders to determine how best to move the peace process forward.
This after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a peace deal document with rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar on Monday at peace talks in Ethiopia. Kiir said he needs 15 days for consultations before signing a peace deal that is expected to end South Sudan’s conflict.
South Sudan Foreign minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin says the proposed peace document, which Kiir refused to sign, is unlikely to solve the country’s 20-month conflict.
He says Kiir refused to sign the deal because mediators did not update the document with changes recommended by officials at a recent heads of state summit in Entebbe, Uganda.