ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The direct talks set for Saturday between the warring sides of South Sudan have been delayed in absence of an agenda, according to the East African bloc IGAD.
The rival sides met Friday, but failed to agree on an agenda for direct talks to put in place an immediate ceasefire, sources of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) disclosed on Saturday.
The bloc involved in the organization of the talks includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
Up to 190,000 people have been displaced since deadly clashes erupted between parties within the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM and SPLA) in Juba on Dec. 15, the UN refugee agency UNHCR reported.
IGAD welcomes start of proxy talks between S. Sudan warring parties despite delay in direct talks
NAIROBI, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- East Africa's regional bloc, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), voiced welcome to the start of proxy talks between South Sudan's warring parties, despite the delay in direct talks on Saturday.
IGAD Ambassador Mahboub M. Maalim said the commencement of the talks was a significant step in pursuit of a peaceful resolution of the crisis in line with the call made by regional leaders on Dec. 27 in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Full story
South Sudan army advances to retake rebel-held Bor town
KHARTOUM, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- South Sudanese army said Friday it was advancing toward the strategic town Bor, held by rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar, when negotiations between the two sides started Friday in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
"The government army is advancing toward Bor," Sudan Tribune quoted James Both Mai, Chief of Staff of Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), as saying. Full story
U.S. urges its citizens in South Sudan to "depart immediately"
KHARTOUM, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Friday urged its citizens in South Sudan to "depart immediately" due to the worsening situation in the African country, the U.S. embassy in Juba said in a statement on its website.
"The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of South Sudan and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately," read the statement. Full story
China provides humanitarian aid for S. Sudan
BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's peacekeeping police will continue to provide humanitarian aid for South Sudanese civilians amid the ongoing armed conflict in the country, China's Ministry of National Defense said on Friday.
A total of 14 Chinese people so far have been evacuated from the country with the assistance of Chinese peacekeeping police, according to the ministry. Full story