UN urges peace talks, end to South Sudan violence

UN urges peace talks, end to South Sudan violenceJuba, Jan 2 - The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has given a call to end fighting in the country and giving peace talks a chance.

At least 1,000 people have died since fighting erupted last month between supporters of President Salva Kiir and those of his sacked deputy Riek Machar. Both sides have sent delegations to talks in Ethiopia but so far the rebels have not agreed to end hostilities, BBC reported Wednesday.

Kiir has declared a state of emergency in two parts of the country affected by fighting and where rebels have taken control of large areas.

Heavy fighting is reportedly taking place in the key town of Bor.

The decree would allow officials in Jonglei and Unity states who had joined the rebels to be sacked without the need for a vote in the state parliament, the president's spokesperson said. (IANS)

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