Sudan’s president, President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s president, President Salva Kiir are in for talks over the conflict in South Sudan.
According to Sudan local media, President Bashir is in Juba for the peace talks as fighting continues in the country. The conflict is between S. Sudan government and Riek Machar, the former Vice President of the country.
At least 1,000 people have been killed since violence erupted on 15 December after the country celebrated its second year anniversary of being cut off from Sudan as a country. Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced in the conflict, one which has now taken on ethnic voices. President Kiir is from the majority Dinka community and Mr Machar from the Nuer group.
President Kiir accused Machar of attempting a coup, an allegation he denies. The accusation stated the conflict.
President Bashir, in the company of several senior ministers, is apparently in Juba to discuss the matter.
Up until Friday, the talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, were conducted by mediators. Now, teams representing the opposing factions in South Sudan are expected to negotiate face-to-face.
Until a ceasefire is agreed, fighting is expected to continue or even intensify, BBC reported. On Sunday, a South Sudanese army general was killed when a government convoy was ambushed.