South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) exchanges signed documents with South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar in northern Tanzania's town of Arusha on January 21, 2015, as Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete (C) looks on. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER
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South Sudan's government said Friday it was pulling out of peace talks to end a 20-month long civil war after rebel forces split despite international threats of sanctions.South Sudan's civil war began in December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.Regional mediators, backed by U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Ethiopia, gave Kiir and Machar until August 17 to halt the civil war.During previous peace talks held in luxury Ethiopia hotels, Kiir, Machar and their entourages have run up millions of dollars in expenses while failing to sign a single lasting agreement.
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