This United Nations handout photo shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he tours Shams Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on May 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/UNITED NATIONS/ESKINDER DEBEBE/HANDOUT
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South Sudan's rebel chief Riek Machar has said he will attend direct talks with President Salva Kiir in a bid to end to a four-month long civil war, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.Machar, who was forced to flee his rebel base into the remote bush near the border with Ethiopia after a major government assault captured his former headquarters at the weekend, pledged to do all he could to attend, Ban said.Ban's visit comes days after US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into the capital, a visit in which he extracted promises from Kiir to meet face-to-face with Machar, a former vice-president.However, until speaking to Ban, Machar had never formally confirmed he would attend talks.
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