The South Sudanese government has renewed its ceasefire offer, but rebel leader Riek Machar has said talks must be held before his fighters will give up their arms.
South Sudanese Vice President James Wani Igga told reporters: “Dr. Riek has put obstacles to this genuine call by issuing preconditions that the ceasefire cannot be reached unless a negotiation is conducted.”
James Wani Igga was speaking outside a military hospital in South Sudan’s capital Juba.
Fighting between rival groups of soldiers erupted in the city almost two weeks ago. This triggered clashes across South Sudan, in which more than 1,000 people have been killed.