South Sudanese leaders agree to ceasefire

Friday 09 May 2014 22.17
Rebel leader Riek Machar arriving at peace talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa
Rebel leader Riek Machar arriving at peace talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar have agreed a ceasefire deal, a regional mediator has said.

The deal comes after growing international pressure to end ethnic fighting that has raised fears of genocide.

The deal between the two men at a meeting in Ethiopia was the first time they had met face-to-face since violence erupted in mid-December following a long power struggle.

Mr Kiir and Mr Machar shook hands and prayed together.

The men also agreed that a transitional government offered the "best chance" to take the country towards elections next year, though there was no immediate decision on who would be part of an interim administration.

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