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UN gravely alarmed at South Sudan crisis, urges president and former VP to end violence
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 1:16 PM EST
The U.N. Security Council is expressing "grave alarm" at the rapidly deteriorating security crisis in South Sudan and is urging the president and ousted vice president to swiftly end the violence and promote reconciliation.
The U.N.'s most powerful body calls on President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar "to demonstrate leadership in bringing a swift and peaceful resolution to this crisis" in the world's newest country.
It welcomes regional efforts to open a dialogue and mediate between key leaders.
France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud, the current council president, warns that the crisis could lead to civil war if a solution isn't found quickly.