The United States says it has begun consulting other countries about imposing United Nations sanctions on any South Sudanese leader, who undermines the peace process currently being worked out.
Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, said in a statement that Washington was proposing such sanctions “if an agreement is not signed by the government within 15 days and a cease-fire is not implemented promptly by all parties.” The resort to the ultimatum came after South Sudan President Salva Kiir declined to sign the pact, asking for two weeks. His deputy and rebel leader, Riek Machar accepted the terms, which is expected to end the two-year conflict in the war-torn country. The deal proposes in part a transition that is expected to see Kiir and Machar contest the country’s leadership. South Sudan slipped into turmoil in 2013 and about 10,000 people killed and 2 million displaced.