South Sudan ceasefire talks open

KHARTOUM - Talks to end the South Sudan conflict have opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's foreign ministry says.

Negotiators for the government and rebel sides have been meeting mediators but have not yet held face-to-face talks, it is understood.

Delegates began arriving in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday but talks were delayed until the full negotiations teams had arrived.

Meanwhile, the US is moving out some of its embassy staff from South Sudan.

The state department announced a "further drawdown" of its embassy in Juba, and said it would no longer be providing consular services to US citizens in the country.

It also urged citizens to leave on an evacuation flight from Juba "to the nearest safe haven country" on Friday.

At least 1,000 people have died and more than 180,000 people have been displaced in fighting that erupted in mid-December.

What began as a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar has taken on the overtones of an ethnic conflict, correspondents say.

Aid workers are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands of people are living without shelter, clean water and sanitation.

Comments (3)

Thank YOU JESUS CHRIST for answering our prayers. YOU are proving to be the same, Yesterday, Today and Forever. Emmanuel

Above - 3 January 2014

We are sick to the soles of our boots with this nonsense..I hope Kiir has learnt a lesson from all this..that it does not make him and his deputy (literally these guys worked in the same office) better men by killing their compatriots then offer to talk when they are neck deep in blood. Offering handshakes dripping with children blood to each other and spectators in the glare of world cameras is great for television but painful for a sane world forced to watch this endless needless is so 18th century!!!!

gutter poet - 3 January 2014

Real - 7 January 2014

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