Kiir warns global powers against siding with rebels: official

January 11, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said on Saturday that any attempt to impose sanctions against his government would undermine efforts to end the current conflict.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir speaks after meeting with Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (AP/ Ali Ngethi)

“We have already accepted in principle to cease hostilities and engage in dialogue without preconditions. We are now ready for ceasefire. If the other side reciprocates, we will certainly implement the agreement”, a senior government official quoted Kiir as saying.

The senior member of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) claimed president Kiir is disappointed by calls from the international community on his government to release nine political detainees, held since three weeks for an alleged coup d’état.

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