MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, local media outlets reported that the country’s rival political parties had reached a peace agreement, and the country’s president would sign the deal within 15 days.
"We have not reached a final agreement with the armed opposition headed by Riek Machar. The government delegation will return to Juba to determine a new term for a meeting to settle disputable issues," Mawien Makol told Sputnik.
According to him, a key issue of disagreement is the existence of two armies in the country and a dispute over proposed power-sharing between government and the rebels.
Violence in South Sudan started in late 2013, after President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. The accusations sparked ethnic attacks, with clashes between government forces and rebel groups ongoing despite a number of ceasefire agreements.
More than 50,000 people have been killed amid the violence, according to the International Crisis Group.