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The international community needs to take a more active role in defusing the crisis in South Sudan where gunbattles between forces loyal to the president and vice president resulted in the death of 200 people, the Atlantic Council's J. Peter Pham said. Contending that South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, and his vice president, Riek Machar, have been forced into a "shotgun marriage" as a result of an agreement on a unity government, Pham, who is director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center, said it is unreasonable to expect to successfully impose reconciliation upon warring factions that are not ready for it.After more than two decades of war that left around 2 million dead, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 .
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