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South Sudan rebels agree to ceasefire talks, but fighting rages

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South Sudan rebels agree to ceasefire talks, but fighting rages


The South Sudanese government and rebels fighting to overthrow it have both agreed to a ceasefire. It was announced by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc that is attempting to mediate the conflict.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar agree on the cessation of hostilities and appoint negotiators to develop a monitored and implemented ceasefire,” an IGAD statement said.

No details have been released on when the ceasefire might take effect.

South Sudan was plunged into violence when clashes erupted two weeks ago between supporters of President Salva Kiir and fighters loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.

At least 1,000 people have been killed since mid-December, according to the United Nations (UN).

Both Kiir and Machar are reportedly set to attend peace talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Meanwhile, the violence is continuing. Early on Tuesday, December 31 the rebels announced that they had captured the strategically important city of Bor, in central South Sudan.

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