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Delegates from both sides of the bitter political and ethnic divide in South Sudan met for the first time on Friday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.Only a day earlier, delegates from the warring parties met with mediators but held separate discussions. The fighting between President Kiir’s Dinka forces and the rebels loyal to ex-Vice President Riek Machar from the Nuer tribe has left more than 1,000 people dead since mid-December. The rebel-held city of Bor and the capital Juba have borne the brunt of the violence. Despite the peace talks, rebel troops are still marching on Juba, according to reports. The US has already evacuated the majority of embassy staff from the capital but says it remains committed to helping resolve the conflict. Thousands have fled their homes to escape the violence and aid organisations say they are living without basic sanitation or even shelter.