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 Saturday it would continue peace talks to end a 20-month civil war, but without President Salva Kiir attending, his spokesman said.Tens of thousands of people have been killed in a war marked by widespread atrocities on both sides, and diplomats have warned any failure to sign a peace deal could trigger "serious consequences" for the rival leaders.Mediators had expected Kiir to travel to Addis Ababa before the deadline to meet with rebel chief Riek Machar and sign a possible deal.But Ateny said that instead, Vice-President James Wani Igga would go in his place.Regional mediators, backed by U.S. President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Ethiopia, had given Kiir and Machar until August 17 to halt the civil war.Makuei said that there were still details of the agreement that had not been discussed.
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