US pulls out from peace monitoring groups in South Sudan

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The United States has pulled out of peace process monitoring systems in South Sudan due to the country’s failure to meet reform milestones, the State Department said on Friday. South Sudan has continued to face chronic instability even after rival leaders President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar agreed to form a unity government more than two years ago, following a conflict that left nearly 400,000 people dead between 2013 and 2018. A transition period is set to end in February 2023, but many key provisions of the deal have not been met, including drafting a permanent constitution. …

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