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South Sudan government and rebels reach peace deal, Sudan says

South Sudan government and rebels reach peace deal, Sudan says

"This agreement (2018) will not collapse and I am sure that it will not collapse because the people of South Sudan have now agreed that they must make peace among themselves", he said.

He disclosed that both sides signed the 2015 peace agreement amid multiple reservations besides intimidation from the global community but expressed hope of successful peace this time with mediation efforts by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir backed by leaders under the East African bloc IGAD.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar, right, shake hands during peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Thousands of South Sudanese were massed outside the Friendship Hall in Khartoum to celebrate the peace deal.

The minister told a press conference that the parties would not sign a comprehensive peace deal, as some of the South Sudanese opposition factions still have some reservations over the deal.

"We, however, remain committed to the strategic partnership between our country and theirs and we will not give up", Raila said on his Twitter page.

More details to come.

"The 2015 (deal) was forced on us, we were not given the opportunity to express our desire".

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South Sudan's former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar said after the signing, "today we celebrate, not just in South Sudan, but throughout the world".

"My government and I know the conflict in South Sudan has resulted in a financial and political burden", Kiir said.

South Sudan's almost five year conflict began after Kiir accused his sacked vice president Machar of plotting a coup against him in 2013.

The deal further stipulated a transitional national legislative body composed of 550 members, with 332 from the government, and 128 from the SPLM-IO.

A similar arrangement, however, fell apart in July 2016 when fighting erupted in the capital, Juba, and Machar fled the country.

The conflict has been fuelled by divisions between the Mr Kiir's Dinka and Mr Machar's Nuer ethnic groups.

"By signing this agreement the guns must keep silent", said Nicholas Haysom, special United Nations envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.