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UN Mission in South Sudan
South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said he will no longer tolerate rebels carrying out attacks on government positions, threatening to order his troops to pursue rebel forces despite the risk of international sanctions.
South Sudanese lawmakers voted Tuesday to delay elections and extend the terms of all elected officials, including President Salva Kiir, the National Assembly and state governors, by three years -- a year longer than the Cabinet called for last month.
The United Nations Security Council has voiced its “profound disappointment” at the failure of all parties in South Sudan to conclude an agreement that would bring the country closer to resolving its ongoing conflict and usher in a period of national unity and peace.
South Sudan's Kiir shrugs off UN threat of sanctions (18.03.2015)
Kiir also told South Sudanese at a rally in Juba that the government was ready to continue fighting rebels if they preferred war, comments likely to frustrate African mediators and Western powers trying to end more than a year of conflict.
The incident, a UN spokesperson said, occurred Tuesday at the site in Unity state, where the mission protects some 53,000 civilians.
The South Sudanese government has welcomed extension of peace talks with rebels after direct negotiations between two warring factions hit a deadlock a week ago.
Troubled talks to end more than a year of fighting in South Sudan broke up without a deal on Friday, prompting the mediator (Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia's prime minister and the chairman of regional body IGAD) to say leaders on both sides were failing in their duty to find peace.