South Sudan's armed opposition rejects 'imposition' of peace

2018-06-21 20:30

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South Sudan's armed opposition is rejecting any "imposition" of a peace deal and asking for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years.

An opposition statement calls Wednesday night's meeting "cordial" and says the two sides discussed the prospects for peace "in broad terms."

Kiir and Machar met in neighbouring Ethiopia, whose Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed invited them and has presided over discussions.

Images from Wednesday's meeting show South Sudan's rivals being coaxed by Abiy into an awkward hug.

South Sudan's five-year civil war has continued despite multiple attempts at peace deals. Tens of thousands of people have died and millions have fled to create Africa's largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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