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PEACE? South Sudan Govt. OKs Ceasefire Samir Bol/AFP/Getty

South Sudan OKs Ceasefire

South Sudan’s government has committed to a ceasefire, according to regional neighbors gathered at an emergency summit on Friday. The east African body Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said President Salva Kiir agreed to an “immediate cessation of hostilities,” and called upon former vice-president Riek Machar and other rebel forces to do the same. Machar, who was fired in July, and has since been accused of an attempted coup, earlier agreed to peace talks on the condition that political allies would be released. They have not yet been released. Over 1,000 have already been killed due to infighting in the world’s newest nation, according the U.N.

December 27, 2013 9:21 AM