Thursday 19 October 2017

Sudanese rebels stall attack in hope of deal

Chief of Staff of South Sudan's army, General James Hoth Mai speaks during a media update, with regards to the current fighting with rebels in north of the country, in Juba January 2, 2014
Chief of Staff of South Sudan's army, General James Hoth Mai speaks during a media update, with regards to the current fighting with rebels in north of the country, in Juba January 2, 2014

Hannah McNeish Nairobi

SOUTH Sudan's rebels will hold back from attacking the capital Juba in the hope of achieving a "negotiated settlement", their leader said yesterday.

Riek Machar, the former vice-president whose revolt began on December 15, added that government forces should stop trying to capture territory under his control.

Mr Machar's insurgents now hold large areas of three of south Sudan's 10 states, including all of the country's vital oilfields. His rebels have advanced southwards towards Juba since capturing Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, on Tuesday.

He said that his force clashed with the army 15 miles outside Bor yesterday, destroying a large military convoy.

Mr Machar and his rival, Salva Kiir, the president, have both sent delegations to peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

But the rebel leader said the "agenda" for these negotiations was "not yet agreed upon" and his essential precondition -- the release of 11 political allies who were arrested when the revolt began -- had still not been met. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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