President of South Sudan signs cease-fire and power sharing agreement with rebel group
South Sudan's former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar said after the signing, "today we celebrate, not just in South Sudan, but throughout the world."
Fuelled by personal and ethnic rivalries, the conflict has killed tens of thousands, displaced an estimated quarter of South Sudan's population of 12 million and ruined its economy that heavily relies on crude oil production.
"An agreement on outstanding issues has been signed and this agreement expresses the commitment of all parties to a ceasefire," the foreign minister of neighboring Sudan, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed said on Sudan state television.
Sudan helped broker the agreement.
Previous peace agreements held for only a matter of months before fighting resumed, which Kiir blamed on foreign influence.
"We must accept that the internal war has no meaning and has imposed suffering on us and our families and has killed hundreds of our young men and women, destroyed our economy, and left us divided," he added.
He urged dialogue with the United Nations Security Council on how to secure the region from threats and keep the peace.
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