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Rebels Sign Truce in South Sudan

February 29, 2012
"They [the rebels] have declared a cease fire and as far as we are concerned, it's a major step toward the restoration of peace in Jonglei,"
- Philip Aguer, spokesman for the South Sudan army

The government of South Sudan signed a peace deal with one of the largest rebel groups, the South Sudan Democratic Movement, a South Sudan official said Tuesday, in a move that could help stabilize the East African nation.

The peace deal was signed Monday after days of negotiations in oil-rich Jonglei state, which borders Ethiopia, said Philip Aguer, spokesman for the South Sudan army.

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