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South Sudan's leaders agree deadline

11 June 2014, 08:10

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's president and rebel chief met on Tuesday in a bid to end six months of civil war, agreeing to forge a transitional government within a 60-day deadline, Ethiopia's prime minster said.

"They agreed to complete the dialogue process within the coming 60 days on what how, when and who... [for] the formation of the transitional government," Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn said, after the rare meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar alongside regional leaders.

Mediators, frustrated by the failure of previous deals including two ceasefires, threatened tough action if the rivals once again ignore agreements made.

"Any attempt to stand in the way of peace will have consequences," Hailemariam warned.

The crisis in the young nation has already killed thousands and forced more than 1.3 million people from their homes.

Both Kiir and Machar had also agreed to "fully to commit themselves to already signed agreements", Hailemariam added.

Last, best chance

Kiir and Machar met on the sidelines of a regional leaders' summit in Addis Ababa organised by the East African IGAD bloc, which is brokering the slow-moving negotiations.

"If they don't abide to this agreement... IGAD as an organisation will act to implement peace," Hailemariam said, warning of possible "sanctions and punitive actions" without giving further details.

US envoy to South Sudan Donald Booth said the talks offered "the last, best chance for the warring parties to prove their commitment to holding their nation and their people together".

It was the first encounter of the enemies since signing a 9 May ceasefire - broken within hours - and only the second meeting since the civil war began in mid-December.

"The time for military action to change the status quo on the ground has passed. It's time now to move forward," Booth added, speaking at the summit opening.

Delegates for Kiir and Machar have been meeting in luxury hotels in the Ethiopian capital since January, with both sides bickering over the agenda and even the venue of discussions.

Previous rounds of peace talks have made little progress and been repeatedly delayed, so far costing over $17m, IGAD officials said.

Earlier, mediators issued a stinging rebuke of the rivals, accusing them of seeking military victory rather than a negotiated end to the civil war.

Mahboub Maalim, IGAD executive secretary, said both Kiir and Machar were "stupid" if they thought they could win on the battlefield.

"If we want to apportion blame, it's theirs. I think sometimes they thought they could win on the ground militarily, something which is very stupid," Maalim said.



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