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The Sudan Sudanese army announced Sunday repulsing an attack on their position in Nasir, a small town in Upper Nile State, by rebels loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar, killing 32 of them.
"This morning, Riek Machar rebels attacked our forces in Nasir," Lt Col Joseph Marier, a spokesman for the Sudan people's Liberation Army (SPLA), told Anadolu Agency.
"The rebels have been repulsed, leaving behind 32 dead bodies," he said.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of plotting to overthrow his regime.
The two sides are currently in Addis Ababa to discuss implementation of a June agreement on forming a transitional government before August 10.
According to Marier, Sunday's attack was the second since the government and rebel negotiators resumed peace talks last week.
"On the day the peace talks started, they dropped twelve shells on our positions but no one was hurt or killed," he said.
The army spokesman dismissed the attack was another violation of the cessation of hostilities.
"The SPLA warns the rebels to respect the ceasefire agreement, otherwise the SPLA shall be forced to act militarily," Marier threatened.
A spokesman for the rebels was not immediately available for comment.
Talks to tackle substantive issues
Meanwhile, South Sudan's warring rivals would engage in peace talks on the "substantive" issues starting Monday, a negotiator with the rebel delegation to the Addis Ababa talks said Sunday.
“We will start [political dialogue] on Monday,” Goy Joyool Yol told Anadolu Agency in Addis Ababa.
On Friday, Seyoum Mesfin, the chief mediator of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African trade bloc that has been actively mediating talks in the nascent nation, announced the resumption of talks, which he said should put an end to “talks about talks."
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since last December when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice-president Riek Machar of plotting to overthrow his regime.
Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have been displaced in subsequent fighting, while large swathes of the population continue to face an increasingly grave humanitarian crisis.
In recent months, the two rivals have held on-again, off-again peace negotiations in Addis Ababa under the auspices of IGAD.
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