31 December 2013
Last updated at 10:04 ET
Talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels are due to start later on Tuesday, mediators say.
The two sides are expected to reach an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, they said.
The talks are the first since conflict erupted two weeks ago between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy, Riek Machar.
The meeting will take place in Ethiopia, following mediation efforts by East African leaders.
Representatives of Mr Kiir and Mr Machar would meet in the capital, Addis Ababa, to diffuse tensions in South Sudan, the Ethiopian government said in a statement.
“The two sides are expected to reach an agreement on the cessation of hostilities and peaceful resolution of the current political crisis,” the statement added.