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US, Britain push for UN sanctions on South Sudan

South Sudan President Salva Kiir arrives to the John Garang Mausoleum grounds in Juba on July 9, 2015 for celebrations as part of South Sudan's fourth independence dayThe United States and Britain pushed for UN sanctions against South Sudan’s government Tuesday, over its failure to sign a peace deal to end a brutal two-year civil war. South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar met a Monday deadline to sign the power-sharing agreement, but President Salva Kiir only initialed part of it and said he would return to the table in early September to finalize the accord. “There must be consequences for those who continue to stand in the way of peace,” she said, calling for UN Security Council sanctions if the government does not sign the deal within 15 days.

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