Sudan President in Juba for crisis talks

BBC Online : Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Juba for talks with President Salva Kiir over the conflict in South Sudan, reports say. Fighting is continuing in South Sudan as the warring parties meet in Ethiopia to try to agree a ceasefire. So far no substantive progress has been made. The conflict pits supporters of Kiir against rebels led by his sacked deputy, Riek Machar. At least 1,000 people have been killed since violence erupted on 15 December. The unrest started after South Sudan’s president accused Machar of attempting a coup – which he denies. Nearly 200,000 people have been displaced in the conflict, which has taken on ethnic undertones. Kiir is from the majority Dinka community and Machar from the Nuer group.