Agreement to reunite political factions in South Sudan welcomed by UN

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President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania witnessing President Salva Kiir (left) and Dr. Riek Machar exchanging the signed agreement. (Photo: Tanzania State House)

A peace deal reuniting one of South Sudan's political parties has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The agreement which seeks to reunite and reconcile three fighting factions of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) was signed in Arusha, Tanzania.

Violent unrest began thirteen months ago between government forces and fighters loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar who was sacked by President Salva Kiir in July 2013.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the UN Secretary-General is calling for the agreement to be implemented without delay.

” The Secretary-General calls for its immediate implementation and particularly the recommitment of President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement, and encourages the signatories to resolve leadership issues within the SPLM. “

Mr Ban also urged the leaders to find measures to address the root causes of the conflict, which has forced around two million people to flee their homes.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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