President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar signed an agreement to resolve the South Sudan crisis on Saturday May 10 at 1:00 am at the National Palace. PM Hailemariam Desalegne signed as Guarantor representing all IGAD countries. The two parties who met for the first time since mass violence began in December last year agreed to ceasefire within 24 hours until a permanent ceasefire agreement is signed.
The conflict in the world’s newest state has left thousands dead and more than one million homeless.
The UN has accused both sides of crimes against humanity, including mass killings, sexual slavery and gang-rape.
A cessation of hostilities deal was signed by both sides in January but failed to bring an end to the violence.
South Sudan gained independence in 2011, breaking way from Sudan after decades of conflict between rebels and the Khartoum government.