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Security Council pessimistic on S. Sudan peace deal

Mark Lyall Grant (2nd R), British ambassador to the U.N., speaks to the media as Eugene-Richard Gasana (2nd L), Rwanda's ambassador to the U.N., Barnaba Marial Benjamin (L), South Sudan's minister of foreign affairs, and Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. stand beside during a visit by the U.N. Security Council in the Office of the President in Juba August 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu)

JUBA: U.N. Security Council envoys said Wednesday that hey had little hope of a swift end to South Sudan's eight-month long conflict, despite threatening sanctions during meetings with the warring leaders.

"We did not hear much from them that gave us hope that there will be rapid agreement," in peace talks, British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters after meetings with President Salva Kiir and talks via a video link with his sacked deputy, rebel chief Riek Machar.

 

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