South Sudan rivals set to sign ceasefire on Thursday

The deals will be signed following one month of peace talks between representatives of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his sacked vice president.

South Sudan rivals set to sign ceasefire on Thursday

South Sudan's warring rivals are expected to sign two deals on a cessation of hostilities and the release of detainees in the Ethiopian capital Thursday, sources in the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) – which is mediating the crisis – told Anadolu Agency.

The two deals will be signed following one month of peace talks between representatives of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his sacked vice president, Riek Machar.

IGAD chief mediator Seyoum Mesfin and IGAD Executive-Secretary Mahboub Maalim are expected to sign the documents as witnesses, according to the sources.

Ethiopian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Berhane Gebre-Christos, as well as the foreign ministers of IGAD member-states, will attend the signing ceremony.

Representatives from Europe, the United States, the African Union and the United Nations will also be present.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against his regime.

More than 10,000 people have reportedly been killed and 400,000 others displaced by the fighting.

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