S. Sudan Addis talks postponed to April 28

ADDIS ABABA – Peace talks in Addis Ababa between South Sudan's warring rivals, originally scheduled to resume on Tuesday, have been postponed to April 28, a source with the East African trade bloc mediating the talks has said.

"The two sides asked for more time for consultations with their respective principals," the source with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

IGAD has been mediating peace talks between South Sudanese President Salva Kiir's camp and that of the latter's sacked vice president, Riek Machar, in hopes of ending months of fighting in the world's newest state.

In January, the two sides signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in the Ethiopian capital.

Since last month, the talks have been in recess.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December, when Kiir accused Machar of trying to overthrow his regime.

The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, with the U.N. estimating that some one million South Sudanese have been displaced by the recent violence.

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