Ethiopia mediating peace deal in South Sudan's ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry says delegations from South Sudan's warring factions will meet for the first time today for peace talks in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is playing a leading role in trying to get the two sides to negotiate a peace deal. But those efforts have been overshadowed by continuing violence in parts of South Sudan, which has been hit by unrest since mid-December.

 Ethiopia mediating peace deal in South Sudans ethnic clashes

South Sudanese children. AP image

President Salva Kiir yesterday declared a state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei, two states where rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar control the capitals.

The fighting has exposed ethnic rivalry between the country's two largest ethnic groups, the Dinka of Kiir and the Nuer of Machar. The United Nations says there is mounting evidence that people were targeted for their ethnicity.

AP

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Updated Date: Jan 02, 2014 13:54:46 IST