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Leaders sign deal to end South Sudan’s civil war, but challenges loom

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NAIROBI — South Sudan’s president signed a peace deal Wednesday intended to end a 20-month-old civil war that has killed thousands in the wake of the country’s historic independence in 2011.

President Salva Kiir signed the accord under massive pressure from the international community, which threatened to impose further sanctions if the deal was not completed before September. Rebel leader Riek Machar, Kiir’s former deputy, had signed the document one week earlier.

A report (http://voicesforsudan.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a355f19603af18815dc774a2c&id=181082c2e9&e=e541dff86f) by the United Nations earlier this week described how both sides had managed to supply themselves with arms and ammunition, “leading to large-scale violations of international humanitarian law.”

Experts praised the role played by the United States and other members of the international community in bringing both sides (http://voicesforsudan.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a355f19603af18815dc774a2c&id=a238264dd1&e=e541dff86f) to the negotiating table.

The United States was intimately involved in South Sudan gaining independence, and it has provided millions in civilian aid and military assistance in the subsequent years. As

South Sudan’s conflict simmered, the White House found itself trying to support one of the world’s poorest nations while trying to ensure that its funds were not being diverted to fuel the civil war. (See more details on the Enough Project statement)

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has signed a peace deal with rebels after a threat of sanctions from the UN.

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