Ethiopia mediates S Sudan conflict amid fighting

Ethiopia is playing a leading role in trying to get the two sides to negotiate a peace deal.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 02, 2014, 15:21 PM IST

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia`s Foreign Ministry says delegations from South Sudan`s warring factions will meet for the first time today for peace talks in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is playing a leading role in trying to get the two sides to negotiate a peace deal. But those efforts have been overshadowed by continuing violence in parts of South Sudan, which has been hit by unrest since mid-December.

President Salva Kiir yesterday declared a state of emergency in Unity and Jonglei, two states where rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar control the capitals.

The fighting has exposed ethnic rivalry between the country`s two largest ethnic groups, the Dinka of Kiir and the Nuer of Machar. The United Nations says there is mounting evidence that people were targeted for their ethnicity.