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South Sudan warring parties set for direct peace talks

Published on Jan 4, 2014 10:49 AM
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South Sudan army soldiers talk on Dec 25, 2013 at Bor airport after they re-captured the town from rebels. South Sudan's warring parties are set to begin direct talks on Saturday in a bid to end the conflict pushing the world's youngest nation towards civil war as fighting intensified for control of a key oil town. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - South Sudan's warring parties are set to begin direct talks on Saturday in a bid to end the conflict pushing the world's youngest nation towards civil war as fighting intensified for control of a key oil town.

On Friday, the army moved on rebel-held Bor as government and rebel negotiating teams gathered at a luxury hotel in neighbouring Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

"We have enough forces who will defeat the rebels within 24 hours," army spokesman Philip Aguer said in South Sudan.

There have been reports of intense battles involving tanks and artillery on the outskirts of Bor, a dusty oil town that has already exchanged hands three times since fighting began.

 
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