New York/Juba, September 16, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s rival factions could easily go back to a ‘full-scale’ war at any time, a new report released on Monday by a United Nations panel shows.
The report also says all parties to the September 2018 peace agreement have resumed recruiting child soldiers to increase their numbers.
“Ironically, the prospect of a peace deal has accelerated the forced recruitment of children, with various groups now seeking to boost their numbers before they move into the cantonment sites,” the panel chair says.
South Sudanese rival leaders President Salva Kiir and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) Dr. Riek Machar met last week in Juba to work put ways to speed up the implementation of security arrangements.
The two leaders have not released any official statement about what they agreed on. However, their close assistants said the only issue they did not agree on is the number of states issue.