U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference during his visit to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa May 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri)
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Kerry came to Africa in large part to broker an agreement among the African Union -- and eastern Africa states in particular -- to send peacekeepers to South Sudan as quickly as possible to stanch the brutal killings that have largely broken down along ethnic lines and threaten to throw the country into outright civil war. It's estimated that thousands of people have been killed since the fighting began nearly six months ago, and about 1 million others have fled their homes. But it remained unclear, despite Kerry's lobbying, whether the AU would send enough troops to South Sudan to help United Nations forces quell the violence. U.S. officials believe the AU is willing to deploy at least 5,000 troops to South Sudan.The U.S. has said it wants Uganda to withdraw from South Sudan.After a decades-long fight for independence, South Sudan peacefully broke away from Sudan in 2011 .Kerry demanded that Kiir and Machar hold accountable those who have directed or organized the killings, and threatened anew to impose financial and travel sanctions against officials who are believed to be involved.
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