Several days after they arrival in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, delegations representing the warring rivals in South Sudan are yet to meet for the second round of peace talks.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn attended an opening session of the talks last Tuesday.
"The launching of the second phase today will certainly go a long way in getting us where we ought to be in the pursuit of lasting peace," he told the ceremony.
But five days on, the two sides are yet to engage in direct talks, according to the Anadolu Agency correspondent.
No reason has been given by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the talks, for the delay.
Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dina Mufti, meanwhile, told AA Sunday that some of the delegates had arrived in Debre Zeit, a resort town located 49km south of Addis Ababa, which is tipped as the new venue of the talks.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice president Riek Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against his regime.
The conflict has already claimed more than 10,000 lives, while the UN estimates that some 3.7 million people in South Sudan are now "severely food insecure" and more than 820,000 have been displaced.
Following a month-long first round in Addis Ababa, the warring rivals signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in January.
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