Mediators claim South Sudan truce near

Jan 23, 2014, 9:48 AM EST
South Sudanese civilians fleeing an outbreak of intense fighting between groups of government forces take shelter at the United Nations Mission to South Sudan base on December 17, 2013 in Juba, South Sudan.
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The insurgency in South Sudan -- led by President Slava Kirr's former deputy Riek Machar -- and the Kirr regime may be close to signing a truce to end the month-long conflict. Analysts remain cautious: even a signed ceasefire would not serve as a permanent security guarantee, and political tensions still run high in the young nation. 

Background:

Mediators say truce near [NYT]

South Sudan conflict delays Sudan agreements [VOA]

Kiir government rejects calls for U.N. trusteeship of nation [AllAfrica]