South Sudan leaders recognise need for political solution to conflict

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UN human rights chief Navi Pillay meets former Vice-President Riek Machar in South Sudan (UNifeed – video capture)

The President of South Sudan and the leader of rebel forces both recognise the need to solve an ongoing conflict in the country through political dialogue, according to the UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay.

Thousands of people have been killed and a million have fled their homes as government troops continue to battle opposition rebels who support the former Vice-President Riek Machar.

Navi Pillay, who is in South Sudan has met both President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar in the last two days.

She said they were willing to talk, but neither wanted to make the first move.

"I note that both President Kiir and Dr Machar do note that there's a need for a political solution but each wants the other to do something before they get to the table and I've urged them to do that in the interest of South Sudan." (18″)

 Ms Pillay said she was concerned by the emergence of an ethnic dimension to the conflict.

She called on the government to protect all civilians in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1’06″

 

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