South Sudan warns U.N. that sanctions could fuel confrontation

November 25, 2014 5:21 PM

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South Sudan warns U.N. that sanctions could fuel confrontation

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Sudan warned the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that imposing sanctions to try to end nearly a year of violence in the world's youngest state would likely "harden positions toward confrontation rather than cooperation."

Fighting erupted last December in South Sudan after months of political tension between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy and rival, Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened deep fault lines among ethnic groups, pitting Kiir's Dinka against Machar's Nuer.

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