South Sudan president ready for talks with rivals

2013-12-18 22:08
President of South Sudan Salva Kiir wearing army fatigues speaks in this still taken from a televised address in Juba South Sudan. (AP)

President of South Sudan Salva Kiir wearing army fatigues speaks in this still taken from a televised address in Juba South Sudan. (AP)

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Juba - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said on Wednesday he was ready for any dialogue with the former vice president whom he accused of being behind a coup attempt, Kiir's spokesperson said.

"He was asked whether he would accept any dialogue, and he said he is ready for dialogue," presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters by telephone.

Kiir, who had been responding to questions at a news conference, said there were no current talks with former vice president Riek Machar, who he sacked in July.

The two men are from rival ethnic groups that have clashed in the past.

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