South Sudan's failure to OK peace deal 'outrageous,' US says

2015-08-19 05:13
US Scecretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir Mayardit. (Jim Watson, AFP)

US Scecretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir Mayardit. (Jim Watson, AFP)

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New York - The United States is criticising South Sudan's government for refusing to sign a peace deal by yesterday's deadline.

At the United Nations, US deputy ambassador, David Pressman, called it "outrageous" that South Sudan President Salva Kiir declined to sign a peace agreement with rebel forces.

Kiir said on Monday he needs another 15 days to sign, Mediators said rebel leader Riek Machar signed the accord.

Both the US and Britain say the UN Security Council must act to pressure those preventing an end to the conflict that has killed thousands.

But neither of the permanent council members mentioned further sanctions in their statements on Tuesday.

South Sudan has been at war since December 2013, and multiple attempts at a peace agreement have failed.

In July, the Security Council imposed sanctions on six generals for feeling the fighting.

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