South Sudan says orders army to halt attacking rebels

Reuters News
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Posted: May 07, 2014 11:02 AM

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudan's government said it ordered its army on Wednesday to halt attacking rebel forces for a month, amid mounting international pressure for a deal to end ethnic violence that risks spiraling into genocide.

South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said that the government's commitment to honor a "month of tranquility" meant it could still fight back if attacked.

There was no immediate word from the rebels.

(Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Edmund Blair, John Stonestreet)