Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on an immediate ceasefire and securing the border and oil-rich areas during their talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. According to the report, the two sides reached a six-point agreement, which also includes refraining from media escalation and establishing a mechanism by which the African Union (AU) can monitor any tension that may arise between the two sides.

“The two sides have reiterated availability of political will to overcome the crisis of military escalation and their determination to sign the security agreement during this round of talks before moving to the outstanding issues in the coming round of negotiations,” the report said.

The two sides would discuss remaining differences at the level of a political committee, focusing on the causes of the recent military escalation on the border. Military clashes erupted last week in the South Kordofan State on the border. Sudan and South Sudan have failed to demarcate the border and rivers in many areas. Sudan and South Sudan exchanged accusations on the military escalation after South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit admitted that his army had entered Sudan territory.

U.S. President Barack Obama earlier urged Mr. Kiir to stop the military escalation and to urge his army to exercise restraint.

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