UN warns that violence could deter South Sudan talks

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The United Nations has warned that South Sudan talks could be undermined by the on-going violence in the country.

VOA reports Adama Deng, the U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, to say that President Salva Kiir’s administration should concentrate on creating meaningful dialogue that includes the opposition, as well as a path to justice.

“I should remind President Kiir and his government so to acknowledge that peace is not made among friends, it is made among enemies,” said Dieng, who added that South Sudanese should begin to look at themselves as brothers and sisters.

The world’s youngest nation descended into war in December 2013 after Kiir accused his then deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup against his government. Machar denied the allegations but then went on to mobilize a rebel force to fight the government.

A peace deal signed in 2015 has continually been violated by both sides, though the UN still pressurizes them to dialogue and come to an agreement.

Machar has been living in exile in South Africa after fleeing Juba in September. He was replaced by Taban Deng-Gai as first vice president.

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