South Sudan government, rebels set for New Year's Day talks

South Sudan's government and rebelsare set for New Year's Day peace talks in Ethiopia's capital,Addis Ababa, to thrash out a ceasefire to end weeks of ethnicbloodletting in the world's newest state.

Both sides agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, mediators said,but fighting between government troops and militias loyal toformer Vice President Riek Machar raged in Bor, the capital ofthe vast Jonglei state and site of an ethnic massacre in 1991.

"I'm worried that the continued fighting in Bor mightscupper the start of these talks," said Ethiopian ForeignMinister Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who is chairman of the regionalIntergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) bloc that ismediating the talks.

"Hopefully both delegations will arrive tomorrow(Wednesday), start the talks and settle this problem once andfor all," Adhanom told Reuters by phone from Addis Ababa.

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