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South Sudan's rivals agree ceasefire deal

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 01:29

May.10 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar sign a ceasefire deal after five months of brutal ethnic fighting. Sarah Toms reports.

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After months of international pressure... a moment of hope. With the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on the left and rebel leader Riek Machar on the right, it all ends with a ceasefire deal that will take effect within 24 hours. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH SUDANESE PRESIDENT, SALVA KIIR, SAYING "Now that we have signed this document under the auspices of Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD, I want to assure that, I and my party, the party that I am leading and the army that I am leading will implement this agreement without any fail." Holding hands in prayer, this is the first time the two men have met face to face since the violence first erupted last December. Their long running power struggle intensified after the president sacked Machar as his deputy in July. Scenes like these were the result of their personal conflict. Ethnic fighting between Kiir's Dink community and Machar's Nuer group. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million forced from their homes. The UN says troops on both sides have committed murder rape and other sexual abuses A previous ceasefire struck last January swiftly fell apart. The details of this new one are still being hammered out and it's too early to tell if this one will fare better. But at least -- for now -- it means a break in the conflict, something the people of South Sudan so desperately crave.

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South Sudan's rivals agree ceasefire deal

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 01:29