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China to dispatch special envoy to South Sudan

Iran Press TV

Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:31PM GMT

China says it will send a special envoy to South Sudan to help find a solution to the conflict between government forces and rebels in the African country.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the decision during a visit to Saudi Arabia, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website on Thursday.

Wang said the envoy will head to South Sudan soon to communicate with all parties, expressing Beijing's willingness to help the situation in South Sudan quickly return to stability.

On Thursday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn arrived in South Sudan's capital, Juba, to mediate a ceasefire between government forces and rebels loyal to former vice president, Riek Machar.

The South Sudan crisis broke out in mid-December, after President Salva Kiir accused Machar, who was sacked in July, of attempting to stage a coup.

The violence has spread to half of the country's 10 states, with reports of mass ethnic killings in days of heavy clashes that have pitted forces from Kiir's Dinka tribe against rebels from Machar's Nuer tribe.

Both President Kiir and his former deputy have expressed willingness to negotiate an end to the conflict, which has already left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011 after its people voted in a referendum for a split from the North.

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