http://www.voanews.com/content/south-sudan-spla-soldiers-hold-front-line-position/667110.html U.N. and African Union mediators have tried to facilitate talks on border issues and sharing of oil revenues. But all recent attempts have broken down. South Sudan shut down all oil production in January after accusing the north of stealing oil going through northern pipelines, and charging exorbitant fees. But South Sudan's Deputy Minister of Information Atem Yak Atem says that wonât stop his government from reaching out to its northern neighbor. "It is in the interest of our two peoples to be good neighbors. To cooperate, and weâve gone almost to the point of begging them. It is not out of weakness, but it is simply because we need stability within our country, and with our neighbors," he said. Until diplomats get talks back on track, soldiers like Alirdo will stay put, waiting for their orders to either fall back, or move forward.