Pres­i­dent de­clares uni­lat­eral cease­fire

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South Sudan’s Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir has de­clared a “uni­lat­eral cease­fire and ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties”, and or­dered gov­ern­ment troops to “dis­en­gage” from fight­ing ri­val forces loyal to Vice Pres­i­dent Riek Machar, fol­low­ing days of vi­o­lence that left hun­dreds dead. The or­der was an­nounced on Mon­day by pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny.

“The pres­i­dent talked to Machar...they have talked about con­trol­ling their forces in an at­tempt to sal­vage what has re­mained of the peace agree­ment,” Ateny said, call­ing on Machar and his forces to fol­low the pres­i­dent’s or­der.

The an­nounce­ment was made as United Na­tions Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon called on the in­ter­na­tional body to im­pose an “im­me­di­ate arms em­bargo” on the world’s youngest in­de­pen­dent state.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, re­newed clashes broke out in the cap­i­tal, forc­ing thou­sands of civil­ians to flee and rais­ing fears of a slide back into all-out con­flict in the five-year-old coun­try.

At least 272 peo­ple have been killed in the re­cent vi­o­lence, a health min­istry source said.

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