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South Sudan warring parties sign ceasefire deal

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South Sudan warring parties sign ceasefire deal


A ceasefire deal has been signed between the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar, after much international pressure.

Their meeting in Ethiopia was the first time they had met face since violence erupted in December been their rival supporters.

Their power struggle had intensified after the president sacked Machar as his deputy: “I want to assure you that I and my party, the party I’m leading, and the army that I am leading will implement this agreement without any fail,” said South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir.

A UN report said thousands had been killed and more than a million people forced from their homes, with soldiers on both sides guilty of human rights abuses.

The violence has increased tensions between Kiir’s ethnic Dink community and Machar’s Nuer group, raising fears of genocide.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed the accord, calling on both sides to make sure it’s applied.

He and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had both visited South Sudan in the past week as part of diplomatic efforts to stop the violence.

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