South Sudan rebel leader says government wants to derail peace talks

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 31, 2014 10:56 AM

JONGLEI STATE, South Sudan (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar said on Friday the government's threat to charge him with treason was an attempt to scuttle peace talks, and called on President Salva Kiir to resign after weeks of fighting in the country.

"I am not aware of why we should face those charges for an alleged coup that never happened," Machar told Reuters in an interview in his bush hideout in South Sudan's Jonglei state. "(It) is another attempt to stop peace talks."

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"It would be best for Kiir to resign. We are due for elections in 2015. Before the elections, there would be an interim government," Machar said.

(Reporting by Goran Tomasevic; Editing by Richard Lough)