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South Sudanese factions holding preliminary talks

AP, ADDIS ABABA

South Sudan’s warring factions yesterday held preliminary meetings ahead of the official start of negotiations in neighboring Ethiopia, mediators said.

Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said the introductory meetings were necessary to bridge the groups’ differences ahead of direct talks expected to start today.

The meetings are being held at Addis Ababa’s Sheraton Hotel.

Meanwhile, both sides continue to fight in the world’s newest country and the US embassy in Juba, the capital, yesterday said the US Department of State had ordered a “further drawdown” of embassy personnel because of the “deteriorating security situation.”

An evacuation flight was being arranged yesterday, it said.

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