A statement issued after talks in Nairobi said both sides would begin withdrawing forces from a 45-mile radius of the southern towns of Ayod, Kongor, Waat and Yuai. The area is controlled by the two main factions of the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
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The US hailed an agreement between the two main feuding rebel factions in Sudan to establish safe havens. Describing it as a breakthrough for humanitarian relief operations, Reuter reports from Washington.