South Sudan president orders for ceasefire
Violence erupted in Juba on Sunday killing at least 272. (Representative image) Photograph: (Getty)
South Sudan's president ordered a ceasefire by his Sudan's People Liberation army (SPLA) today and said he remained ready to work with his rival Vice-President Riek Machar, after heavy fighting in the capital that has threatened to plunge the nation back into civil war.
"The situation is actually calm as from now. All of the commanders of the SPLA were ordered by the president ... on this declaration of ceasefire," presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told by telephone, adding that any member of Machar's SPLA-IO force who surrendered must be protected.