South Sudan peace talks imminent
1 January 2014 Last updated at 05:21 GMT
Talks between South Sudan's government and rebels are due to start in the near future in Ethiopia, say observers.
However there has been no immediate halt to hostilities, with reports that heavy fighting is continuing.
The conflict erupted more than two weeks ago between supporters of President Salva Kiir and those of his sacked deputy Riek Machar.
At least 1,000 people have died and more than 121,600 are believed to have fled their homes.
Emily Thomas reports.