South Sudan leaders reach cease-fire; US approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says South Sudan's president has reached a cease-fire agreement with a rebel leader after a vicious cycle of revenge killings drew international alarm.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice welcomed the peace agreement in a statement Friday evening, saying it "holds the promise of bringing the crisis to an end."

A cease-fire in January between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leaders Riek Machar fell apart within days.

Rice urged that Kiir and Machar follow up on the new peace deal signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by "ending the violence and negotiating in good faith to reach a political agreement."

Ethnically targeted violence in the world's youngest country broke out in December, killing thousands of people and forcing more than 1.3 million to flee their homes.

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