US Condemns Lack of Leadership in S. Sudan Peace Talks

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The US condemned on Friday a lack of "political leadership" to resolve South Sudan's civil war, following a collapse of peace talks in Ethiopia.

Talks held in Addis Ababa between South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar fell apart Friday, Ethiopia's prime minister said.

US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kiir and Machar had "again failed the people of South Sudan by refusing to make the compromises necessary for peace".

"We strongly condemn the lack of political leadership to resolve this man-made conflict that has exacted a terrible cost over the past nearly 15 months," Harf said in a statement.

South Sudan's internal war began in December of 2013 after Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of attempting a coup.

Their personal feud has spiralled into massacres, rapes, the displacement of civilians and pushed the country towards famine.

The east African regional bloc, IGAD, has been trying to mediate a peace deal between the two sides.

Failure of the talks also opened the door to UN sanctions against individuals deemed to be threatening peace efforts.

The US said it will "look forward" to the review of the South Sudan situation, as provided for in a UN resolution, laying the framework for sanctions.

"There is no excuse for further fighting, and we will ensure that those who commit acts of violence -- or otherwise undermine efforts toward peace -- are held accountable," Harf said.
 

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