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South Sudan president and rebel leader call truce

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar signed a ceasefire deal on Friday after coming under growing international pressure to end ethnic fighting that has raised fears of genocide, the Mail & Guardian reported

The peace deal made in Ethiopia on Friday was the first time the two men had met face-to-face since violence erupted in December last year.

After signing the agreement, the two men – both Christians – shook hands and prayed together.

“Now that we have come to our senses … dialogue is the only answer to whatever problem we had,” Kiir said after a signing ceremony in Addis Ababa’s presidential palace. “We will continue to move in the right direction.”

“The truce will take effect within 24 hours and both sides agreed to disengage their forces and refrain from any provocative actions,” said Seyoum Mesfin, lead mediator from the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) grouping.

Source: Mail & Guardian

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