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South Sudan President Salva Kiir Signs Peace Deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, right, waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Thursday, July 9, 2015. South Sudan marked four years of independence from Sudan on Thursday, but the celebrations were tempered by concerns about ongoing violence and the threat of famine. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong Awan, right, waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin)

(BBC) – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has signed a peace deal with rebels after a threat of sanctions from the UN.

He told those gathered for the signing ceremony in the capital, Juba, that he had “reservations” about how the mediation was conducted and some of the clauses in the compromise deal.

Rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal last week but Kiir refused.

It is meant to end months of brutal civil war and will see Machar return as vice-president.

Fighting between forces loyal to the two men over the last 20 months has forced more than 2.2 million people from their homes in the world’s youngest state, which broke away from Sudan in 2011.

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