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It seems that the South Sudan peace deal is likely to pull off. South Sudan’s foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, stated that there is a high probability that President Salva Kiir will sign the peace agreement he announced today. The agreement will end the 20 months of civil war.
The rebel leader, Riek Machar, signed the deal last week but Kiir refused.
Machar told reporters on the day that he signed “we do not have any reservations on the ceasefire. We have no reason to continue fighting. There is no reason why he [Kiir] requested for more time. He has got a good agreement.”
Seven ceasefires have been agreed upon and then broken since the beginning of the conflict in 2013.
Benjamin added that the government still has some major reservations to signing the agreement, including demanding the demilitarization of Juba, the capital, as well as giving greater powers to rebels in the Upper Nile region, which is very rich in oil.