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Without clearer American leadership and backing, said Awan Riak, a top adviser to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the cycle of violence that has gripped the country since it achieved independence will only continue.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit greets the European co-sponsors of the International Engagement Conference, including (from left) Endre Stiansen, special envoy from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Cevdet Yilmaz, minister of the Turkish Ministry of Development, and Susan Page, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, after speaking about the Republic of South Sudan at the Marriott Wardman Park on Wednesday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of Southern Sudan (Associated Press)

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Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of Southern Sudan, outlines a multipoint plan for development in southern Sudan in the lead up to and after independence in Juba on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, on his return from Khartoum where he attended the formal announcement of southern Sudan's referendum results. Southerners cast ballots for independence by margin of nearly 99 percent. The results signify that southern Sudan is set to become the world's newest country in July 2011. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)

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**FILE** Sudanese First Vice President Salva Kiir swears an oath in front of President Omar Bashir in Khartoum, Sudan, after an election marred by boycotts and fraud allegations in May. (Associated Press)