X Close

World

Published: Thursday January 23, 2014 MYT 8:45:57 PM
Updated: Thursday January 23, 2014 MYT 8:46:47 PM

South Sudan factions set to sign ceasefire on Thursday - mediator

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudan's government and rebels are scheduled to sign a ceasefire deal later on Thursday, the mediator said, after more than five weeks of fighting that has divided Africa's newest nation and brought it to the brink of civil war.

A rebel spokesman in Addis Ababa, where talks were being held, said they were "very likely" to sign the deal in the afternoon. Both sides have previously said they were close to a deal, although disagreements pushed back any signing.

"Signing ceremony of Agreements on Cessation of Hostilities and Question of Detainees between the South Sudanese parties at Sheraton Hotel," said the regional grouping IGAD, which has been mediating the talks, in a mobile phone text message sent to reporters.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Edmund Blair and Duncan Miriri; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

advertisement

  1. 2014: A tragic year for aviation
  2. International community in awe of PM’s handling of MH17 tragedy
  3. Boy leaves a stink on board flight
  4. Experts: Get set for an acute water shortage
  5. Missing Air Algerie flight reported crashed
  6. Search for missing Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people
  7. Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa
  8. US teenager who was circling globe in plane dies in crash
  9. Neglected Nilai teenager Muhammad Firdaus discharged from hospital
  10. MH17: 'Mummy, I am back to being alone'

advertisement

advertisement