It’s been only a year and a half since mostly Christian South Sudan split from Muslim Sudan in a referendum that was accompanied by widespread violence, but now tribal rivalries have plunged the new country into its own civil war.
Reports coming from the war-torn country vary with one report Tuesday claiming the government and rebels are discussing an end to the fighting that has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people.
The South Sudan government’s Twitter account is silent on the rebels entering the peace talks.
But it is reporting that President Salva Kiir and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir have agreed to consider establishing a joint force to defend the area’s lucrative oil fields.
Salva Kiir tweeted Tuesday that he is committed to peace.
“We are ready to turn every stone to achieve peace,” he wrote. “We’ve gone to Addis Ababa for peace and we will return to people of South Sudan with peace.”
In a conflicting report, rebel leader and former Vice President Riek Machar said the rebels are close to capturing the capital city of Juba.
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