Security Council "disappointed" by South Sudanese leaders' failure to end fighting

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Mark Lyall-Grant (right). UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The Security Council has been disappointed by the failure of the leaders in South Sudan to make progress in their talks to end the conflict in the country.

That's what the President of the Security Council, Ambassador Mark Lyall-Grant of the United Kingdom said in the capital Juba, before leaving the country on Wednesday.

He is part of a 15-member delegation of the Security Council that has been visiting South Sudan.

Thousands of people have been displaced by fighting that broke out in December last year between government forces and fighters loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.

Ambassador Lyall-Grant spoke to reporters about the Security Council's visit to South Sudan.

"Well in some ways its been rather disappointing, we have had engagements with President Kiir and with Riek Machar but we did not hear much from them that gave us hope that there would be rapid agreement in the talks in Addis Ababa. Both said they recognized there was no military solution to the crisis, but the two positions remain far apart and so the Security Council gave them both a very strong message and said that we were extremely disappointed by what had happened in this country in the last seven months." (29")

Ambassador Lyall-Grant said the Security Council supports the peace process in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an eight country trade block in Eastern Africa.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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