South Sudanese rival leaders signed a peace agreement in Khartoum on Wednesday under which a ceasefire would take hold after 72 hours, Sudan’s foreign minister said, although a rebel spokesman rejected other points.
The minister, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, said the agreement also included the opening of crossings for humanitarian aid, the freeing of prisoners and the formation of a provisional government after four months.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his challenger for power SPLM-IO leader Dr Riek Machar have been holding peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Khartoum, Sudan over the last week. The meeting between the two men came as they faced looming sanctions from the United Nations.
Sudan President Omar Bashir, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed have been at the forefront of pushing for an agreement between the antagonists.