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UN chief: 'Personal ambitions' of South Sudan's leaders jeopardize nation's future

FILE In this Saturday Dec. 28 2013 file photo, a man with a gunshot wound in his leg is carried by stretcher from one ward to another inside the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

FILE In this Saturday Dec. 28 2013 file photo, a man with a gunshot wound in his leg is carried by stretcher from one ward to another inside the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebel fighters continue, and aid officials say the international community must help residents stave off mass hunger. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. secretary-general says the "personal ambitions" of South Sudan's leaders are jeopardizing the nation's future.

Monday marked one year since fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, and spiraled across the country. The U.N. says more than 1.9 million people have been displaced by the warfare, battles that often pit fighters loyal to President Salva Kiir against those who support former Vice President Riek Machar.

Ban Ki-moon called on South Sudan's leaders to agree to an inclusive power-sharing arrangement to begin a transitional phase of governance.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, meanwhile, highlighted the "dreadful" situation that civilians face. Al Hussein said residents have been victims of targeted killings, looting and violence over the last year.