Rebel groups announce readiness to lay down their arms South Sudan
- uploaded: Jan 23, 2014
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After weeks of bloody battle between rebels and government forces in South Sudan, the rebels have finally announced their readiness to stop military action. The rebels--who are loyal to former vice president Riek Machar--say the decision is for the sake of the people. The rebels say the two sides will finally have to reach an agreement on the future of the political detainees . But president Salva Kiir has already voiced his oppsoition to a deal with any pre-condition. The rebel faction also says it was ready to sign the ceasefire agreement drafted under the guidelines of the Intergovernmental Agency for Development IGAD last week. They accuse the government of not delaying tactics. But the government has a different story: The United Nations is reportedly requesting countries like Tanzania and Ethiopia to send their military to South Sudan. The rebels says they're not really worried about the presence of foreign forces because those forces are only responsible for guarding the civilians.
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