South Sudan President, Rebel Leader Hold Direct Talks in Kenya

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar held direct talks in Kenya on Saturday to discuss the 18-month-long conflict in the oil-producing nation, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

Five hours of discussions took place in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, at Kenyatta’s instigation, according to a statement e-mailed by the presidency on Sunday.

“President Kiir and Dr Machar expressed their full commitment to the on-going peace processes and reaffirmed their commitment to securing peace for their people,” Kenyatta said.

Fighting between government and rebel forces that erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 has left tens of thousands of people dead and more than 2 million displaced, according to the United Nations.

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