South Sudan rivals agree to ceasefire deal: Reports

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar late Sunday signed a deal to end more than 13 months of fighting in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead, an AFP reporter saw.

AFP| Updated: Feb 02, 2015, 06:01 AM IST

Addis Ababa: South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar late Sunday signed a deal to end more than 13 months of fighting in a civil war that has left tens of thousands dead, an AFP reporter saw.

"Complete cessation of hostilities in South Sudan is expected as of this morning (Monday)," Seyoum Mesfin, a negotiator from the regional IGAD bloc, told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where the ceasefire deal was signed.

The two leaders have signed -- and then broken -- at least six previous ceasefire agreements since fighting began in December 2013.