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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in South Sudan for talks on ending conflict

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • South Sudan erupted into violence on December 15
  • It started when rebels loyal to ousted Vice President Riek Machar tried to stage a coup
  • Violence has raged since; both sides are now holding talks to seek a resolution

By Faith Karimi and Mading Ngor

(CNN) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in neighboring South Sudan on Monday for talks on unrest in the latter nation that has left hundreds dead.

Al-Bashir's visit comes as rival parties in the South Sudan power struggle work to find a solution to the violence.

He arrived at the airport in the capital of Juba before heading to the presidential palace for talks with his South Sudan counterpart, President Salva Kiir.

South Sudan erupted into violence on December 15 when rebels loyal to ousted Vice President Riek Machar tried to stage a coup.

Since then, militia members loyal to the ousted leader have battled government forces. Violence quickly spread with reports of mass killings emerging nationwide.

As teams from both sides are negotiating, fighting rages.

Three weeks of violence have left more than 1,000 people dead and 200,000 forced from their homes, officials say.

Days of talks have yielded no breakthrough despite pressure on Kiir and Machar from world powers to end the conflict.

Up until last week, mediators conducted talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The rival sides are expected to start face-to-face talks this week.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 after decades of war, making it the world's youngest nation.

Despite the split, al-Bashir has a stake in the talks.

Though South Sudan and Sudan divorced, they still have unresolved oil issues.

Prolonged fighting has cut South Sudan's oil output, affecting both economies.

 

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