South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

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A group of displaced women and children rest on Ethiopian territory after crossing the Baro River from South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/L.F. Godinho

The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is due to meet the rebel chief Riek Machar in Ethiopia on Tuesday in an attempt to bring an end to nearly six months of internal conflict.

Thousands of people have been killed as fighting between government and rebel forces continues.

Over 1.3 million people have fled their homes.

Spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny says the president wants to make peace.

"President Salva Kiir is very much willing to ensure that peace comes back to South Sudan. And if there is anything which brings back peace to South Sudan, this is what the President stands for."

It is the first time the two leaders of the warring parties are meeting since signing a ceasefire on May 9.

The ceasefire has held only sporadically.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations .

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