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South Sudan leader affirms commitment to peace

AP , Saturday 27 Sep 2014
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The president of South Sudan says his government is "unwaveringly committed" to ending the conflict with his former vice-president that has killed thousands.

In his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday, Salva Kiir urged the international community to pressure rebels led by political rival Riek Machar to sign what he called "a crucially important document" that forms the basis for resolving the crisis peacefully and inclusively. He said he has already signed the protocol agreement along with regional leaders.

South Sudan has been wracked by violence since December. Government troops continue to fight the rebels despite a cease-fire agreement in January which was reaffirmed in May.

Kiir said his government has "unreservedly honored" the peace agreements and accused the rebels of violating them "too many times."

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