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Kerry urges S.Sudan's Kiir, Machar to negotiate

People arrive to seek refuge in the UNMISS compound in Juba, on December 18, 2013US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday urged both South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his sacked vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar to stop fighting and open talks, the State Department said. Kerry called both men and urged them to "accept a cessation of hostilities and begin mediated political talks," the State Department said in a statement. Machar, whose forces have clashed several times in recent days with Kiir's troops, told Radio France Internationale: "Yes we are ready for talks.