S. Sudan rebel chief sends peace envoys but still fighting

Former South Sudan vice-president Riek Machar addressing a press conference at the Stanley Hotel, Nairobi on November 28 2011. Machar has agreed to send envoys to peace negotiations in Ethiopia Tuesday, but rejected face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir, warning that his forces will continue to fight. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has warned that Machar must comply with the ceasefire deal or face action by regional nations. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Machar, a former vice president accused of sparking deadly conflict by attempting a coup over two weeks ago, said his troops were still marching on the capital after claiming to have recaptured a key town.
  • Ignoring a deadline from regional powers for an immediate ceasefire, he said any halt in the more than two weeks of fighting "needed to be negotiated".
  • Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has also warned that Machar must comply with the ceasefire deal or face action by regional nations.

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar agreed to send envoys to peace negotiations in Ethiopia Tuesday, but rejected face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir, warning that his forces will continue to fight.

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