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South Sudan, rebels sign cessation of hostilities

24 January 2014, 06:52

Addis Ababa - South Sudan's government and rebels fighting against it have signed a cessation of hostilities agreement that should at the least put a pause to five weeks of warfare.

Negotiators for the two sides have been meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for weeks. Thursday's signing was the first real progress made.

The agreement should put an end to violence that has claimed thousands of lives and uprooted a half million people since fighting began 15 December between the government and supporters of former Vice President Riek Machar.

A technical team has been set up to follow the implementation of the agreement.

Jose Barahona, the country director for Oxfam, said the agreement gives the world's newest nation "a second chance".

- AP


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