Peace talks to end South Sudan’s age long conflict between the revitalized country’s transitional government of national unity and holdout opposition groups have started in the Italian capital Rome today.

Yesterday, several opposition groups including the government delegation led by Presidential minister Nhial Deng Nhial arrived in Rome, amid optimisms that the parties could agree to join the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

The talks started today focused on the parties’ re-commitment to ceasefire and how a political dialogue could be cemented to boost chances of understanding between the parties.

“A new round of South Sudan peace talks starts today in Rome between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) under the auspices of the Comunita Di Sant’ Egidio,” CTSAMVM, a peace monitoring body which is also attending the talks, said in a statement.

“The talks will focus on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the political dialogue among signatories and non-signatories to the R-ARCSS,” the statement added.