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South Sudan's government on Monday signed a ceasefire with a rebel group in the oil-rich Jonglei state, the Defense Ministry said.
In a statement, the ministry said that dialogue led by a government panel has been successful.
According to the ministry, rebel leader David Yau Yau agreed to a ceasefire to pave the way for peace talks with the government in the coming period.
The ministry, however, gave no further details on the ceasefire agreement.
Yau Yau, from the Murle tribe, has led a rebellion against the government since 2010 after losing provincial elections.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice president Riek Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against him.
A subsequent government crackdown landed many of Machar's supporters in jail, but he managed to flee to Jonglei State, a stronghold of his Nuer tribe.
In the fighting that has been raging ever since, more than 190,000 people have reportedly been displaced.
IGAD thanks S. Sudan rivals for commitment to peace talks
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Monday commended the two rival parties in South Sudan for their commitment to peace talks.
Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin of Ethiopia, the chief of the IGAD mediating team, said representatives of President Salva Kiir and sacked vice-president Reik Machar have been demonstrating a commitment to peace during the past days.
He urged them to continue to do the same until a solution to the crisis is found.
At a joint press conference, the two negotiating teams renewed commitment to dialogue until their differences are resolved, which they said, should ultimately lead to a lasting peace in South Sudan.
They are expected to discuss as of Tuesday the cessation of hostilities and the fate of political detainees.
The face-to-face talks were made possible after a few days of proxy talks by IGAD mediators since Wednesday.
"In a country of war, it is the parents who bury their sons and daughters," Mesfin told the same press conference.
"In a country of peace, it is the sons and daughters who bury their parents," he added.
The chief mediator urged the two parties to find solution for what he described as "unfortunate crisis."Last Mod: 07 Ocak 2014, 10:09