South Sudan government, rebels to hold ceasefire talks

|By:, SA News Editor

South Sudan's government and rebels were due to start ceasefire talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa today in an attempt to end over two weeks of ethnic bloodletting that has left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced at least 180,000.

The discussions will come after rebels regained the key city of Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, which has untapped oil reserves. The fighting has cut crude output in South Sudan, which has the third-largest reserves in sub-Saharan Africa.

The rebels are led by Vice President Riech Makar, who was sacked by President Salva Kiir in the summer. The latter is from the Dinkas group and Makar is from the Nuer, with some but not all of the dispute split along those ethnic lines.

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