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South Sudan’s peace move fails


SOUTH Sudan’s warring leaders have failed to reach a deal on ending their 15-month-old civil war, Ethiopia’s prime minister said Friday.

A statement said Sudan Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar missed a deadline to reach a peace agreement by midnight Thursday, and that further talks on Friday “did not produce the necessary breakthrough.”

“This is unacceptable, both morally and politically,” Hailemariam Desalegn said in the statement issued by the east African regional bloc IGAD, which has been trying to mediate a peace deal.

In the statemen addressed to The people of South Sudan, Hailemariam gave IGAD’s harshest criticism yet of Kiir and Machar.

“Continuing a war flagrantly disregards the interests of you, the people. It is an abdication of the most sacred duty leaders have to you, their people: to deliver peace, prosperity and stability,” he said.

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