South Sudan's President Salva Kiir attends peace talks at a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, June 21, 2018. South Sudan's armed opposition on Thursday rejected any "imposition" of a peace deal to end the five-year civil war and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

South Sudan peace deal attempt fails as Kiir rejects Machar

June 22, 2018 - 3:52 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's civil war has failed as President Salva Kiir rejects working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.

Government spokesman Michael Makuei says "this is simply because we have had enough of him."

The rivals met this week in neighboring Ethiopia on its prime minister's invitation.

Opposition spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel says "there was nothing agreed upon in the talks" and accuses the East African regional bloc of favoring South Sudan's government.

Makuei says Machar is welcome to visit South Sudan but "we don't want to have another fight."

Machar fled after new fighting erupted in the capital in July 2016, ending a brief attempt at peace in which he returned to his role as Kiir's deputy.

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