South Sudan’s warring sides agree to permanent cease-fire

South Sudan’s warring sides agree to permanent cease-fire
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar dance during a South Sudan peace meeting, in Khartoum. (AFP)
Updated 27 June 2018

South Sudan’s warring sides agree to permanent cease-fire

South Sudan’s warring sides agree to permanent cease-fire
  • South Sudan’s government confirms the deal was signed after face-to-face talks between Kiir and Machar
  • Sudan’s SUNA news agency says the agreement also calls for the opening of corridors for humanitarian aid

JUBA: South Sudan’s warring parties have agreed to a permanent cease-fire to take effect in 72 hours.
South Sudan’s government confirms the deal was signed after face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar in Sudan.
Sudan’s SUNA news agency says the agreement also calls for the opening of corridors for humanitarian aid, the release of prisoners and the withdrawal of forces.
The report says the agreement also calls on the African Union and East African regional bloc to provide forces to oversee the cease-fire.
Tens of thousands have been killed in South Sudan’s five-year civil war, which has created Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide and left millions near famine.
Multiple attempts at peace deals have failed in the past.