TOPSHOTSA monument for fallen peacekeepers stands amidst makeshift tents in a spontaneous camp for internally displaced persons at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Juba, on January 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE
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The chief mediator in peace talks between the South Sudan government and rebels said Friday he was optimistic a ceasefire will be signed soon as violence rages on in the young nation.A main stumbling block in the talks, which opened last week in Addis Ababa, has been the release of 11 of Machar's allies who were detained by the government after the unrest began.Seyoum said mediators were committed to resolving the detainee issue, but insisted their release should not be a precondition to a peace deal. Talks are expected to continue Friday, with both sides reviewing IGAD's latest ceasefire proposal.
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