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South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

A group of South Sudanese chant at a demonstration held in support of President Salva Kiir and against "foreign encroachment" in Juba, South Sudan Monday, March 10, 2014. Arabic on placard reads "No foreigners are allowed to intervene". The rally participants marched through the city on Monday and shouted slogans of support for President Salva Kiir while also denouncing Hilde Johnson, the top U.N. official in the country, accusing Johnson of supplying arms to rebels fighting South Sudan's government. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

A group of South Sudanese chant at a demonstration held in support of President Salva Kiir and against "foreign encroachment" in Juba, South Sudan Monday, March 10, 2014. Arabic on placard reads "No foreigners are allowed to intervene". The rally participants marched through the city on Monday and shouted slogans of support for President Salva Kiir while also denouncing Hilde Johnson, the top U.N. official in the country, accusing Johnson of supplying arms to rebels fighting South Sudan's government. (AP Photo/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

A regional bloc says peace talks between South Sudan's warring factions have resumed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

The bloc known as IGAD, which has been mediating the South Sudan conflict, said in a statement Tuesday that the talks resumed after all the parties arrived in Ethiopia.

The statement said mediators are consulting with the parties on "the conduct of a political dialogue (toward) national reconciliation and healing."

Despite a ceasefire and international calls for calm, South Sudan's warring factions have continued to fight for control of strategic towns.

The IGAD statement said mediators are "gravely concerned" about continued fighting and urged the international community to put pressure on both sides "to stop the war."