World Bulletin / News Desk
A total of 100 jailed soldiers have escaped from a military prison in Juba, a South Sudanese army spokesman said Monday.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Philip Aguer said that the soldiers had escaped two weeks ago during clashes between elite forces and Republican guards.
Five soldiers had been killed in the clashes, triggered by a dispute over wages.
Aguer said that the army has issued orders for the arrest of the escaped soldiers.
The army spokesman denied that the soldiers had joined rebel forces loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when President Salva Kiir accused sacked Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt.
The violence has already claimed more than 10,000 lives.
The U.N. estimates that some 3.7 million South Sudanese are now "severely food insecure," while more than 867,000 have been displaced by the violence.
Following weeks of talks in the Ethiopian capital, the two sides signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in January.
IGAD, int'l mediators threaten S. Sudan sanctions
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and international mediators threatened to impose sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties if the latter failed to abide by an agreement to cease hostilities and redouble peace efforts, a well-informed diplomatic source said Monday.
"The envoys of the United States and the European Union notified the country's political rivals that the international community might resort to imposing sanctions if they do not abide by the agreement or make progress in negotiations," the source told Anadolu Agency.
The source added that the E.U. envoy had told South Sudan's rival camps that sanctions could be imposed on anyone involved in violence or found to have hampered the political process in the nascent country.
"The U.S. envoy also told them that there is coordination between the U.S., the E.U. and the African Union on the possibility of imposing sanctions on people who orchestrate the war and reject peace in South Sudan," the source said.
He added that IGAD, an East African trade bloc, and international mediators were running out of patience with both sides of the conflict.Last Mod: 25 Mart 2014, 09:49