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South Sudan Gov’t, Rebels Sign Peace Deal

South Sudan Gov’t, Rebels Sign Peace DealSouth Sudan Gov’t, Rebels Sign Peace Deal

South Sudan’s government has reached a power-sharing agreement with the country’s main rebel group. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal in neighboring Sudan, BBC reported. The deal, which will see Machar return to power as one of five vice presidents, is aimed at ending a five-year civil war which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Previous attempts to find a peaceful solution have failed. “In initials, an agreement on outstanding issues has been signed and this agreement expresses the commitment of all parties to a ceasefire,” said Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed, who helped broker the deal. Kiir said on Friday he was more confident that the current deal would work because it had not been “forced on us” unlike previously. “This agreement will not collapse and I am sure that it will not collapse because the people of South Sudan have now agreed that they must make peace among themselves,” he said.

 

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