South Sudan sees northern border zone within a month

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir shakes hands with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn as he arrives for talks with leaders from Sudan in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 4.South Sudan hopes to establish a demilitarized zone along its border with Sudan within a month, paving the way for vital oil exports to resume, a southern official said Monday.

Sudan leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan's Salva Kiir met in Ethiopia January 5 & 6 to try to quell tensions that have rumbled since a flare-up of violence along the disputed border in April last year.

South Sudan's chief negotiator Pagan Amum said Juba and Khartoum had agreed to start establishing the buffer zone and another round of talks was set for Saturday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

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