For the first time since formation of the transitional government of national unity on April 29, South Sudan presidency has met to review the implementation of the August 2015 peace deal.

In a joint meeting held at the presidential palace in Juba, President Salva Kiir, his first deputy, Riek Machar and second deputy, James Wani, were shown on the national television sitting together in the discussions.

In the brief broadcast, it was reported that the three leaders reviewed the implementation of the deal, with emphasis on the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

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There were however, no more details of the discussions or its outcome.

There are many contentious issues in the agreement, including the number of states, cantonment of forces and reconstitution of the national legislative assembly, among others.

Donors have not yet pledged or brought in financial support to the new government, citing lack of commitment to peace by the former warring parties.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council has renewed sanctions against a number of individuals allegedly obstructing a peace agreement in South Sudan.

The resolution, approved Tuesday, extends sanctions for a year and welcomes the formation of a coalition government between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar, in April.

South Sudan’s Ambassador to the UN Joseph Moum Malok said his government was working to implement the peace agreement and was disappointed that the resolution failed to recognize his country’s right govern and manage its own affairs.

 

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