ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's warring parties are set to hold their direct talks on Sunday, according to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry.
The direct talks were set to start at 3 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after consultations held Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.
The face-to-face talks between the rival sides in South Sudan were expected on Saturday, but failed to take place partly due to an agenda agreed upon, an official of the East African bloc IGAD disclosed earlier in the day.
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. Full story
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