South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar (R) and former SPLM Secretary-General Pagan Amum during a peace signing attended by leaders from the region in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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Regional power Uganda told South Sudan's warring factions Tuesday to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal to end a 20-month-old conflict.Kiir asked for another 15 days to discuss the deal, shrugging off pressure from regional mediators to meet a Monday deadline for an agreement.South Sudan, an oil producer which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, descended into chaos in December 2013 when a political row between Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar spiralled into armed conflict that reopened ethnic faultlines.Machar signed the deal Monday but Kiir only initialled it.Western diplomats urged Kiir to accept the deal swiftly.
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