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South Sudan rivals discuss ceasefire, detainees

Published on Jan 7, 2014 5:56 PM

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Peace talks between the South Sudan government and rebels continued in Ethiopia on Tuesday with discussions on a possible ceasefire and the release of prisoners, officials said.

"This morning at nine we met," South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei said, adding that the topics raised were a "cessation of hostilities" and "the question of detainees."

Talks between government and rebels have been slow to get off the ground since delegates arrived at a luxury hotel in Addis Ababa last week.

The talks, brokered by the East African regional bloc IGAD, are aimed at ending more than three weeks of fighting in the world's newest nation. The conflict has left thousands dead and close to 200,000 people displaced.

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