South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses a news conference at the Presidential State House following the recent fighting in South Sudan's capital Juba, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Machar has not been seen in public since he left the capital after days of intense fighting earlier this month between rival troops that left over 300 people dead and threatened to torpedo a shaky 2015 peace deal.Juba was rocked by days of heavy fighting in early July between government forces and fighters loyal to Machar which erupted as he was meeting Kiir in the presidential palace.Kiir had appealed on Thursday for Machar to return to Juba and work towards rebuilding peace, pledging to guarantee his safety.The latest violence in the capital echoed the fighting that first triggered the civil war in December 201 and marks a fresh blow to a deal reached last year to end the bitter conflict which began when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.
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