South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has failed to sign a peace deal in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, aimed at ending the civil war in his country.
The government has initialled a draft agreement, but requested a further 15 days before signing in full.
International sanctions had been threatened by mediators if both sides failed to reach an agreement on Monday.
Tens of thousands have died and more than two million have been displaced since fighting broke out in 2013.
Rebel leader and former Vice-President Riek Machar did sign the deal.
President Kiir’s team had “reservations” over the deal and wanted 15 days for “consultations” before returning to sign it, Seyoum Mesfin, mediator for the regional group Igad, told the media.
Mr Mesfin described it as “a great day in the forward movement of the peace process in South Sudan”, despite noting that the signing of the deal was “not complete”.
Grant Shapps, the UK’s Minister for Africa, at the talks, said now was not the time to celebrate.
The contents of the deal are not yet clear, but there was disagreement about power-sharing in a transitional government. Several previous ceasefire agreements have failed to hold.
South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, having gained independence from Sudan four years ago.
The leaders of Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia were also at the summit, as part of an international peace-building effort which includes the US, UK, EU, Norway, China, the African Union and the UN.
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