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South Sudan's Kiir In Ethiopia For Talks With Rebel Leader

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May 09, 2014 AT 4:15 AM
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Ethiopia's capital on Friday to meet rebel leader Riek Machar under growing international pressure for an end to ethnic fighting that has raised fears of genocide. The talks in Addis Ababa will be the first since the outset of a nearly five-month conflict during which both government forces and rebels have committed crimes against humanity, according to the United Nations. Cranking up pressure on two leaders who have been embroiled in a long power struggle, the European Union threatened sanctions against anyone blocking peacemaking and a deal on reforms to tackle endemic poverty and disorder.