Direct talks on ending the S.Sudan conflict officially open.
Direct talks on ending the conflict in South Sudan have officially opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Though the talks begun, Heavy gun fire was reported in the government district of Juba yesterday evening.
The negotiations are focusing on bringing about a ceasefire and the release of political prisoners.
The talks, led by teams representing the warring parties, are expected to get under way in earnest today.
Rebels supporting former Deputy President Riek Machar are involved in fierce fighting with the forces of President Salva Kiir.
At least 1,000 people have died and over 180,000 others displaced since the conflict began on 15 December 2013.