UN blames South Sudan's leaders for 'catastrophe'

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is blaming South Sudan's "man-made political, security and humanitarian catastrophe" and the threat of famine on its feuding leaders.

The council again threatened targeted sanctions against those impeding the peace process.

A year after the outbreak of clashes between fighters loyal to President Salva Kiir and supporters of former vice president Riek Machar, the council issued a presidential statement Monday strongly condemning the serious human rights violations and abuses that have caused the death of tens of thousands of civilians and displaced nearly two million people.

It demanded that Kiir and Machar end the violence and "make the necessary compromises for peace."

Without a credible peace agreement, the council warned, "the risks of famine, state failure and regionalization of the conflict persist."

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