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South Sudan celebrates independence, urges end to war

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 00:51

During celebrations marking the third anniversary of South Sudan's independence President Salva Kiir urges rebel leader Riek Machar to resume peace talks. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Song rings out in South Sudan. They're celebrating the third anniversary of their independence. But behind the party, a young nation on the verge of famine. Their president, Salva Kiir, spoke during the festivities -- urging rebel leader Riek Machar to lay down his arms and resume peace talks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENT, SALVA KIIR, SAYING: "United we stand, divided we fall. Therefore let us put this war to an end before the war puts us to an end." Talks have stalled since a ceasefire was declared on May 9th, with both sides accusing each other of violating previous peace deals. More than 10,000 people have been killed since clashes broke out in Juba on December 15.

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South Sudan celebrates independence, urges end to war

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 00:51