South Sudan's government and rebels
are set for New Year's Day peace talks in Ethiopia's capital,
Addis Ababa, to thrash out a ceasefire to end weeks of ethnic
bloodletting in the world's newest state.
Both sides agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, mediators said,
but fighting between government troops and militias loyal to
former Vice President Riek Machar raged in Bor, the capital of
the vast Jonglei state and site of an ethnic massacre in 1991.
"I'm worried that the continued fighting in Bor might
scupper the start of these talks," said Ethiopian Foreign
Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who is chairman of the regional
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) bloc that is
mediating the talks.
"Hopefully both delegations will arrive tomorrow
(Wednesday), start the talks and settle this problem once and
for all," Adhanom told Reuters by phone from Addis Ababa.