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Representatives of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, and rebel leader Riek Machar, are launching peace talks in Ethiopia in a bid to end spiraling civil unrest that has claimed more than 1,000 lives. The peace talks mark the first meeting between the two sides since the conflict erupted in mid-December.

South Sudan's foreign affairs minister, Baranaba Marial Benjamin, says the government is ready to negotiate.

He questions if the opposition has made the same commitment..

"We are for dialogue, unconditional dialogue, without any conditions," he said. "It was the other side putting conditions."

Earlier, the government had rejected one of former Vice President Riek Machar's conditions for talks, the release of his political allies who were jailed in the early days of the crisis.
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A Machar delegate, Hussein Mar Nyuot, again called for their release.

"If you keep them in detention and you say you are going for peace, you are not giving a good gesture," he said. "So, we urge President Kiir and we are also asking the international community and members of IGAD [Inter-Governmental Authority on Development] to put pressure for the release of these detainees."

"We don't want our country to degenerate into ethnic fighting," he continued. "We want it to be handled as a political issue to be handled by the government and by the opposition that is fighting. We sit down."

The talks are taking place as fighting continues in South Sudan.
South Sudan Government, Rebels to Talk, Fighting Continues

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Aid workers slaughtered in So. Sudan...

Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7
Mar 27,`17) -- The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died.
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David Kim Choop was driving the vehicle when he and six aid workers were ambushed and killed on Saturday, March 25th. The four South Sudanese and three Kenyans worked for a local NGO called GRADO (Grass Roots Empowerment for Development Organization) and were attacked while on a routine food convoy from Juba, the capital, to Pibor.

The ambush caused the highest number of aid workers killed in a single incident since South Sudan's civil war began in 2013. At least 12 aid workers have been killed so far this year and at least 79 killed since 2013, according to the U.N. "We are extremely saddened by this undeserved event," said Pius Ojara, director of the NGO Forum in South Sudan. "These are people who were here to serve the population." Ojara said police are investigating to find out who killed the aid workers.


Relatives of the six aid workers who were ambushed and killed grieve as they wait to collect and bury the bodies of their loved ones, outside the morgue in Juba, South Sudan Monday, March 27, 2017. The ambush of the six aid workers took place Saturday on the road from Juba, the capital, to Pibor, and is the latest of several attacks on aid workers in the country where at least 12 aid workers have been killed so far this year and 79 since civil war began in 2013

Grieving families gathered Monday outside the morgue in Juba to collect and bury their dead. "This is very painful for all of us," said Levis Kori. Kori's 30-year-old brother John Riti, was killed in the attack. "We're not enemies," said Kori. "They were humanitarians there to do good. They're not soldiers they have no guns."

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