‘Final chance’ for South Sudan’s sparring chiefs
The African Union said on Friday that South Sudan’s duelling leaders had one final chance to form a government, backing US warnings that patience with the fledgling nation’s government had run out. “I think both our friends here in Washington and us think that this cannot be a game of extending all the time,” said Smail Chergui, the AU’s commissioner for peace and security, after talks between the US and AU. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar – whose falling out in 2013 sparked a conflict that has since killed hundreds of thousands – agreed to form a coalition government by November 12. But African mediators gave them 100 extra days.