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UN urges immediate South Sudan ceasefire

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) shakes hands with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (R) after signing a peace agreement to end 20 months of war in the world's youngest nation, August 26, 2015 in JubaThe UN Security Council on Friday called on South Sudan’s warring sides to immediately begin a ceasefire agreed as part of a new peace deal and threatened sanctions against those who undermine the accord. Under the terms of the peace deal, the ceasefire is due to come into effect on Saturday, but President Salva Kiir has already ordered his troops to halt operations and remain in their barracks. In a unanimous statement, the 15-member council called on the sides “to adhere to the permanent ceasefire immediately” as outlined in the agreement to end the 20-month conflict in South Sudan.

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