KHARTOUM, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei States.
"President Salva has declared the state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei," said the South Sudanese government via Twitter.
The rebels force, loyal to South Sudan's former vice-president Riek Machar, are in control of Bantio, the capital of the oil- producing Unity state.
Also, South Sudan's army admitted Wednesday that the rebels had reseized the strategic town of Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, after the government troops withdrew from the town.
To put an end of the violence, the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is expected to host on Thursday peace talks between delegations of South Sudanese government and the rebels.
The forthcoming talks are to discuss ceasefire to end the clashes which claimed the lives of thousands of people in South Sudan, according to the UN reports.
South Sudan's army admits losing strategic Bor to rebels
KHARTOUM, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's army admitted Wednesday that the rebels had seized the strategic town of Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, but stressed "the fighting is still going on."
Philip Aguer, the spokesman of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), said on phone from the South Sudanese capital of Juba: "Yes, we have already withdrawn from the city of Bor." Full story
White House welcomes upcoming talks to end conflict in S. Sudan
WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- The White House said on Tuesday that it welcomed an agreement to peace talks by South Sudan government and rebel leader to end weeks of bloody conflict in the world's youngest country.
The two sides will send representatives to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in the coming days, Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement. Full story