South Sudan’s future at grave risk: Kerry

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NAIROBI  – U.. Secretary State John Kerry said on Monday Sudan’ government and had failed to compromises needed to end a civil conflict and this was putting the future the world’ youngest nation at “grave risk”.

Sudan split from Sudan as an independent nation in 2011, helped by the and financial backing the United States and Western powers.

But a crisis between Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, who he sacked as his deputy in 2013, erupted into a conflict in December of year. has rumbled on since then with both sides ignoring repeated agreements to stop.

Sudan’ … have not yet chosen to the compromises needed for peace,” Kerry told a news conference in Nairobi, noting that the put at “grave risk” the promising future the oil-producing nation once had.

The United States, like the , has imposed on commanders on both sides. On Monday, Kerry said Washington was offering that could help set up a justice mechanism to hold to account those for violence.

Peace talks sponsored by the African regional grouping IGAD and backed by the United States and others have been stalled for weeks during which time there have flare-ups in the .

The conflict has killed more than 10,000 since it started in 2013 and has driven hundreds of thousands from their homes, some fleeing to neighbouring states.