Top of the Morning: South Sudan’s Short-lived Ceasefire

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A VERY Short Lived Ceasefire in South Sudan…  “U.N. official confirmed there had been fighting in the area of the flashpoint town of Bentiu, saying shooting came from both sides. Both army and rebels also reported clashes elsewhere. President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar met face to face on Friday to sign the ceasefire deal – the second time the two sides have promised to stop fighting after an accord in January swiftly collapsed. All fighting was supposed to stop 24 hours after the signing late on Friday.” What’s Next? The USA, EU and other countries with influence in the region have pressed hard for this ceasefire accord. If this fighting is more than just sporadic or isolated, expect more sanctions to be imposed, and swiftly. Deeper Dive: Reuters

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