South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have signed a peace agreement after five months of fighting.
The war Africa’s youngest nation broke out in December 2013 after President Kiir accused his sacked deputy Mr Machar of plotting a coup. Mr Machar denied the allegation and opened war on Kirr’s government.
The rivals however signed a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa late on Friday, after their first face-to-face meeting since the hostilities began.
The agreement calls for a cessation of hostilities within 24 hours of the signing. A permanent ceasefire will then be worked on.
The deal calls for an immediate truce and the formation of a transitional government ahead of the drafting of a new constitution and new elections.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday’s agreement “could mark a breakthrough for the future of South Sudan”.
Mr Kiir and Mr Machar are to issue immediate orders for troops to end combat and to allow in humanitarian aid.
The deal was also signed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who hosted the talks.