By MATTHEW LEE
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is visiting the world’s newest country, South Sudan, to press its leaders and their counterparts in the north to resolve festering differences that threaten to re-ignite civil war.
Clinton arrived Friday in South Sudan‘s capital of Juba for a brief visit to congratulate the nascent nation on its anniversary and offer U.S. support, but, more importantly, to stress the urgency of ending disputes with Sudan over oil and territory. Those disputes have led to clashes between the two countries which many fear could crater the 2005 peace deal that ended what was then Africa‘s longest-running civil war.
The two sides had faced a Thursday U.N. Security Council deadline to reach agreement on the issues or face possible sanctions, but the council deferred action until at least Wednesday.
A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Clinton would express concern about a “lack of movement” in resolving the situation but also reaffirm America’s strong support for South Sudan. The U.S. was instrumental in helping to negotiate the 2005 peace agreement, and the official said Washington is “heavily