S.Sudan government, rebels agree to consider "month of tranquillity"

by Reuters
Monday, 5 May 2014 13:00 GMT

ADDIS ABABA, May 5 (Reuters) - South Sudan signed a deal with rebels to consider a "month of tranquillity" that would start on Monday to allow civilians caught up in a four-month conflict to move to places of safety and plant crops, a Reuters witness said.

The agreement also renewed a commitment by the warring sides to open humanitarian corridors, amid warnings from the United Nations of a possible famine. The accord comes after last week's visit to Juba by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and is a rare sign of progress after months of faltering peace talks.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Richard Lough and Edmund Blair)

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