South Sudan peace talks delayed

2014-01-04 20:01

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Addis Ababa - An African official who is working to organise peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan says that direct talks between the sides have been delayed.

Mahboub M Maalim, the executive secretary of an East African bloc of states known as IGAD, said on Saturday the talks have been delayed in part because no agenda has yet been set. Officials had hoped direct peace talks would begin on Saturday after preliminary talks were held on Friday.

Violence has spiraled across South Sudan since 15 December. President Salva Kiir accuses the former vice president, Riek Machar, of an attempted coup.

Machar denies the accusation, but forces loyal to him now control two state capitals, including the town of Bor, about 120km north of the country capital, Juba.

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