Security Council urged to convince Sudan and South Sudan to stop fighting

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Continued hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan are causing growing concern at the United Nations.

On Tuesday the Security Council was told that the two countries "are locked in a logic of war."

The comment came in an informal interactive dialogue between council members and UN Special Envoy Haile Menkerios and former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who chairs the African Union High Level Implementation Panel.

United States ambassador Susan Rice is Security Council president for April:

"They described a disturbing situation in which both parties are locked in, and I quote, 'a logic of war.' Mbeki and Menkerios described the divergent views of the two parties on the current situation. They stressed that hardliners are winning the day in both Juba and Khartoum, and urged the Security Council to engage with both governments directly to convince them to walk back their positions."

Ms. Rice said the chamber has committed to make every effort to convince both sides to cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table.

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