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IGAD meeting in Nairobi backs Kiir, will not accept overthrow

27 December 2013, 17:07

Nairobi - South Sudan's neighbours said on Friday they would not accept any violent overthrow of President Salva Kiir's democratically elected government after almost two weeks of clashes between government troops and those loyal to his former deputy.

Speaking at an extraordinary heads of state meeting held by east African body Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), president Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kiir and ex-vice president Riek Machar to seize "the small window of opportunity" and start peace talks.

"Let it be known that we in IGAD will not accept the unconstitutional overthrow of a duly and democratically elected government in South Sudan. Violence has never provided optimum solutions," Kenyatta said, according to a statement released by State House.

- Reuters

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