Chief UN medical officer Colonel Phok Chanthy visits a woman at a makeshift clinic at an internally displaced persons' camp run by the United Nations in Juba on January 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLE SOBECKI
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South Sudan's rebels indicated Wednesday that there would be no imminent truce in the country unless the government freed a group of suspected rebels currently being detained.A rebel spokesman said the 11 detainees, who were arrested in the capital Juba after fighting broke out more than three weeks ago, should be set free so they can take part in the peace talks under way in Ethiopia.The government is currently holding 11 of Machar's allies, many of them senior figures and former ministers, but has been under pressure from IGAD -- the East African regional bloc which is trying to broker a truce -- as well as Western diplomats to release them as a goodwill gesture.The government, however, appears to have so far resisted the demands and maintains the detainees should be put on trial for their role in what the president says was an attempted coup.
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