The UN Security Council holds a vote to impose sanctions on South Sudan's warring factions at the UN in New York on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/HANDOUT/UNITED NATIONS/LOEY FELIPE
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Peace talks aimed at ending 15 months of civil war in South Sudan appeared deadlocked Thursday just hours before the expiry of a regionally-imposed deadline for a deal.Kiir and Machar shunned the opening of talks on February 23, only met directly for the first time Tuesday and broke off talks Thursday.South Sudan's war began in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar, his former deputy, of planning a coup.In a bid to force a deal, the United Nations this week passed a resolution that will allow the imposing of sanctions on individuals deemed to be undermining peace efforts -- including leaders or officials who obstruct peace talks, impede humanitarian aid deliveries, recruit child soldiers or attack U.N. peacekeepers.
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