Wednesday December 13, 2017

South Sudan and rebels signed a ceasefire

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ADDIS ABABA – South Sudan government and rebels loyal to former Vice President Dr Riek Machar signed a ceasefire this afternoon in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa to bring to an end to a one month old conflict that has killed over 10,000 people and displaced more than 400,000 according to right groups and UN estimates respectively.

The ceasefire was last week stalled over the presence of Ugandan troops in South Sudan and the future of the 11 political detainees. Two demands the rebel delegation refused to cede. 

The agreement per the writing of this report is in the process of being ironed out by the two sides with more details on the modalities of the agreement and it’s implementation yet to be finalised. 
Moreover, according to the rebel sources, the agreement is to temporarily cease the hostilities and to create a conducive environment for peaceful dialogues between the two groups. The sources added that the agreement doesn’t remove the demand for withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan nor the future of the detainees whom they insisted that they must be released without conditions. The rebels are also maintaining that Salva Kiir must step aside or be forced to. 
According to IGAD sources this paper spoke to, the agreement and cessation of hostilities between the two sides will take effect within 24 hours.
 
 
The Upper Nile Times
Tekle Mariam

A Senior news correspondent for The Upper Nile Times based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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