S Sudan to consider 'month of tranquillity'

2014-05-05 20:24
A displaced woman stands by her washing at the UN compound where she has sought shelter in Bentiu, in oil-rich Unity state, in South Sudan. (File, AP)

A displaced woman stands by her washing at the UN compound where she has sought shelter in Bentiu, in oil-rich Unity state, in South Sudan. (File, AP)

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Addis Ababa - South Sudan signed a deal with rebels to consider a "month of tranquillity" that would start on Monday to allow civilians caught up in a four-month conflict to move to places of safety and plant crops, a Reuters witness said.

The agreement also renewed a commitment by the warring sides to open humanitarian corridors, amid warnings from the United Nations of a possible famine.

The accord comes after last week's visit to Juba by US Secretary of State John Kerry and is a rare sign of progress after months of faltering peace talks.

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