South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has agreed to sign a peace deal to end a brutal 20-month civil war, his spokesman said Tuesday.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Agence France-Presse that the presidents of Kenya, Uganda and Sudan and Ethiopia’s prime minister “will converge on Juba tomorrow morning for a one-day summit, and the president of the Republic of South Sudan will sign the peace agreement.”
Ateny said, however, that the government was still unhappy with the accord, drawn up by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a bloc of eight African countries.
“The government has some reservations … even if the president will sign,” he said.
South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, a former vice president, signed the deal last week. Both sides in the conflict have been faced international sanctions if they refused to sign.