The heads of state and government met in Ethiopia and agreed that Riek Machar should be free to leave his house arrest in South Africa. The negotiations to end South Sudan's five-year civil war are on-going as two men are set to meet again in Sudan.
South Sudan offered to allow a rebel representative to join its government, but ruled out Riek Machar, saying they had "had enough" of the rebel leader after five years of civil war.
The armed opposition said that the current model for the peace process is "unrealistic" and that "there is no shortcut to peace," following President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar's meeting in Ethiopia where no deal was reached.
The talks are Kiir and Machar's first face-to-face negotiations in almost two years. The UN Security Council is considering imposing an arms embargo and placing sanctions on six high ranking officials if no agreement is reached by the end of June.
South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir will meet in Ethiopia as part of talks to try to negotiate an end to a five-year civil war.
Washington has imposed sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil operators to increase pressure on President Salva Kiir to end the country's war.
The talks that opened on February 5 in Ethiopia's Addis Ababa is aimed at finding a settlement to one of Africa's worst conflicts.
The United Nations hails the release of the child soldiers in the country as an important first step towards the freeing of several thousand others.
South Sudanese delegates begin talks in Addis Ababa to end five-year-old civil war with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workineh Gebeyehu saying the "very last chance" to end the "nightmare" for South Sudanese people is now.
The fighting comes hours after a ceasefire came into effect between President Salva Kiir's army and rebel groups led by Riek Machar to end the four-year civil war in the world's youngest country.
Fighting between government forces and rebels in the oil region near the border with Sudan kills 25 people, including civilians.
Red Cross halted operations across a third of South Sudan in what the UN said was the biggest such suspension during the country's civil war.
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