South Sudan president and rebel leader to hold direct talksListen /
The President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and his former deputy turned opposition leader Riek Machar have agreed to hold direct talks in Addis Ababa following a visit by the UN chief on Tuesday.
The two leaders have been locked in a fierce battle over control of the country since mid-December after their fallout in July.
Mr Ban Ki-moon last visited the country three years ago to celebrate its independence.
Jocelyne Sambira has the story.