Rivals in South Sudan Fighting Agree to Talks

A U.S. special envoy says its a first step toward peace after more than two weeks of fighting

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South Sudan’s warring parties have agreed to attend peace talks in Ethiopia after more than two weeks of ethnic fighting, an American diplomat said Tuesday.

United States special envoy Donald Booth told the Associated Press that the government of South Sudan will begin negotiations with rebel fighters in a “first but very important step” to ending hostilities.

Regional leaders have appealed for peace between South Sudan President Salva Kiir of the majority Dinka tribe and his ousted vice president Riek Machar of the Nuer, fearful that continued violence could plunge the world’s newest country into chaos and spill over its borders.