South Sudan rebels urge president to make more concessions as deadline for peace deal nears

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — A spokesman for South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar says peace talks are deadlocked over how to share power and that the only way forward is for the president to make concessions.

Puoch Riek Deng, who is attending the South Sudan peace talks as a member of Machar's side, said Tuesday that both sides have "disagreed on almost everything" since the resumption of the final round of negotiations in Ethiopia. He said he hoped President Salva Kiir would make concessions on issues such as power and wealth sharing "for the sake of peace."

Kiir arrived in Ethiopia early Tuesday to attend direct talks with Machar.

Regional mediators have given the factions up to March 5 to try to reach a conclusive peace deal.

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