​South Sudan agrees to ceasefire, free politicians

December 28, 2013 - 2:12:55 am



JUBA: South Sudan said yesterday it was ready for a ceasefire and would release eight of 11 senior politicians arrested over an alleged coup plot, raising hopes it was edging towards a deal to end ethnic-based fighting ravaging the world’s newest nation. 

There was no immediate reaction from Riek Machar, former vice-president who the government accuses of starting the conflict. “We have agreed in principle to a ceasefire to begin immediately, but our forces are prepared to defend themselves if attacked,” the government said on its Twitter feed.

 

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