South Sudan peace talks resume

August 05, 2014 - 1:41:27 am

ADDIS ABABA: Peace talks to end South Sudan’s civil war resumed yesterday, but fighting continued with gunmen shooting dead an aid worker amid warnings of looming famine.

As delegates gathered for talks in Ethiopia, rampaging militia forces in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state battled deserting soldiers for a second day, with aid workers sheltering in UN compounds mourning a colleague who was murdered. Mediators warned that rival leaders would face repercussions if fighting continued. 

The regional bloc brokering the talks, IGAD, has set an August 10 deadline for both sides to agree on a transitional government and implement a ceasefire.