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South Sudan talks stall again over issue of political prisoners

Refugees who fled the recent violence in South Sudan and crossed the border into Uganda, settle in the village of Ochaya, within the "Rhino Settlement Camp" in Arua district, northern Uganda Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013. According to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), more than 23,000 South Sudanese refugees have already crossed into Uganda as a result of the fighting and others are now crossing at a rate of up to 2,500 people a day. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)
January 08, 2014 - 5:19 AM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Officials in Ethiopia say peace talks for South Sudan are stalled over the issue of political prisoners.

Two officials described the talks as "on and off" after the special envoy of a bloc of East African countries known as IGAD flew to South Sudan to speak about political detainees.

Ethnic-based violence broke out in South Sudan on Dec. 15. President Salva Kiir says his former vice-president, Riek Machar, tried to launch a coup. Machar's side is demanding the release of 11 high-level detainees. Kiir has said they will be released according to judicial procedures.

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