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The fighting Parties in South Sudan agree to hold Peace Talks

The government of Ethiopia announced on Tuesday that negotiators representing the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir and his political rival, Riek Machar, were on their way to Addis Ababa to begin peace talks. Ethiopian officials said in a statement that the two sides were expected to reach an agreement on the cessation of hostilities. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Machar had announced from his hide out in South Sudan that he would be sending delegates to the peace talks. Leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, had invited the two sides last week to begin talks not later than Tuesday, December 31st. Salav Kiir immediately announced that he was ready, but Machar gave conditions, including the release of his political allies who were arrested when the conflict began on December 15th. On Monday, Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, visited the capital of South Sudan and threatened that the regional countries would send a force to fight Machar’s forces if he refused to negotiate. Meanwhile, a militia group supporting Machar known as the white army advanced on the town of Bor in Jonglei state on Tuesday. The town was retaken last week from the rebel forces. A United Nations spokesman in Bor said the town had come under attack in the morning hours of Tuesday. Machar later announced that his forces had recaptured it. A government army spokesman confirmed that fighting had taken place in the town on Tuesday. It is not very clear who is actually in control of it.


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