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BREAKING: S. Sudan government and rebels sign ceasefire

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January 23, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan government and its rebels have agreed on a ceasefire, which could end over a month of fighting in the country.

The two factions, comprising of representatives from government and rebels loyal to the country’s former vice-president Riek Machar, have for the last three weeks been negotiating in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the mediation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), but with very little progress.

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IGAD mediators and South Sudan’s negotiating teams at the signing of the ceasefire agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 23 January 2014 (Photo courtesy of IGAD/CEWARN)

The talks also took longer than expected as rebels questioned Uganda’s involvement in the conflict as well as the fate of the 11 political prisoners in connection with last year’s outbreak of violence.

“We hope the guns will fall silent before even before 24 hours,” Tewolde Gebremeskal, IGAD’s peace and security director said shortly before the signing of the agreement.

An estimated over 1,000 people were killed and about half a million displaced as a result of the conflict, according to the United Nations.

More details on the agreement signing to follow shortly

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Cessation of Hostilities Agreement
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Draft Agreement on Political Detainees
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  • 23 January 18:29, by Marco Bul

    Kim Ngøth
    Sons of bitches!! Näfätt!! This ceasefire would have been signed after filthy villages of apes(Lou) have been razed to the ground.They could have been displaced to Ethiopia first.Damn.

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  • 23 January 18:44, by thomas

    Now is not the time for cynicism. We have to believe that no matter what we feel about all the sides involved. No one who loves this country truly wants innocents to continue dying. Now is the moment of truth when the real peacemakers and patriots are revealed.

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  • 23 January 19:30, by hamil

    Whether you morons are going to post your stupid cyber war between Dinka and Nuer regarding this news no one cares. At the end of it this is what most South Sudanese are yearning for. Its apparently clear that people with negative attitude brought by this was are posting the silly comments out of South Sudan; they have not physically seen the cruel massacres carried out like some of us have seen

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    • 23 January 21:34, by San Manyuon

      My brother Hamil & Thomas, all the other guys who comment on this article are also brothers, but you guys posted the most positive opinions and I urge you to continue that where ever you’re. The incident that resulted in this senseless fighting yes for sure is an act of evil doing, and president should have been held accountable. However, many of my fellow nuer took it differently. We’re a nation.

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  • 23 January 21:05, by Kiir

    Nuer will never stop fighting in order to reduce the numbers of Ugandan troop and Dinka Youth who involved in killing of Nuer in Juba before implementation of ceasefire.

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    • 23 January 21:22, by Marco A. Wek

      Keep dreaming but peace or no peace things will not be the same. Mistakes were made by trusting untrustworthy.

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  • 23 January 23:25, by Joseph

    Thank you Dr. Riek for stepping down on your condition this is democracy, because many people talk to you and you listen to them. Kiir force you to fight him because he does not like you and other politician who can rule. he want to remain in power while is not competence. But don’t come to Juba until your colleagues are release.

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    • 24 January 00:04, by chol

      Hi Josephine I know you are diehard supporter of Machar,I don’t blame you you been deceived by Ngundeng with his FALSE prophecies.The prophet of destruction,looting and killing civilians in Upper Nile states.signing a ceasefire is good for Nuers or face extinction.It,s your choice.

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  • 24 January 01:03, by wang

    @chol
    None of Nuer civilians died in Upper Nile region…only the armless Nuer civilians were murdered in cold bloods by Kiir gangs in Juba…in terms of militaries deaths, it was your side lost badly against Freedom fighters...Imagine your side lost all the ground battlefields and lefts all their wounded and uncountable captured to our freedom fighters...your side, I meant Ugandans, because Jaang sla

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  • 24 January 01:03, by wang

    your side, I meant Ugandans, because Jaang slaves and sell out Nuer cannot faces the real Nuer…

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