South Sudan rivals to start ceasefire talks as fighting rages
JUBA (AFP) - South Sudan's warring parties were on Wednesday due to start talks aimed at ending more than two weeks of bloodshed but rebel leader Riek Machar has warned his forces will keep fighting until a ceasefire deal is reached.
Machar has rejected face-to-face talks with his rival, President Salva Kiir, but has sent representatives to the talks in the Ethiopian capital as concerns soar over atrocities being committed in the world's youngest nation.
UN humanitarian officials say thousands are feared dead in the conflict which erupted on Dec 15 when Kiir accused Machar - who he sacked as his deputy in July - of mounting a coup against him.
Fighting quickly took on an ethnic nature, pitting Kiir's Dinka tribe against Machar's Nuer.