ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The U.S. envoy to South Sudan says "thousands" of people in South Sudan have died since a cease-fire was signed in January.
The comments Thursday in Ethiopia by Donald Booth highlight that the January truce has not been effective. Booth said the U.S. is deeply disappointed in the South Sudan government and rebels for failing to abide by the Jan. 23 deal. He urged immediate respect for the cease-fire and for foreign forces -- a reference to Uganda -- to withdraw.
Leaders from around the region gathered in Ethiopia for a meeting of a regional bloc of nations known as IGAD.
The government of Kenya said the IGAD countries authorized the deployment of a "Protection and Deterrent Force" to South Sudan by mid-April as part of its monitoring and duties.