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South Sudan President Signs Peace Agreement With Opposition

© AP VideoSouth Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and rebel leader Riek Machar, right, shake hands and pray in May 2014.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and rebel leader Riek Machar, right, shake hands and pray in May 2014. - Sputnik International
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South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed an agreement with opposition, according to the media reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with the opposition faction of the country after being threatened by UN action, media reported Wednesday.

Last week, the government of South Sudan backed away from signing a peace agreement it had just concluded with the country's opposition, claiming that it would return to the negotiating table in 15 days.

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Earlier this week, the United Nations said it would act immediately if Kiir did not sign the deal.

According to the BBC, Kiir claimed that he had reservations over the way the deal was mediated and some of the clauses.

Violence erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 when President Kiir accused then-Vice President Riek Machar of plotting a coup. The conflict sparked ongoing clashes between government forces and rebel groups despite a number of ceasefire agreements.

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