South Sudan president signs peace deal, with reservations

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) 29th Extraordinary Summit in this Jan 29, 2015 file photo.
South Sudan's president Salva Kiir attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) 29th Extraordinary Summit in this Jan 29, 2015 file photo.PHOTO: AFP

JUBA (AFP) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir signed a peace accord on Wednesday to end 20 months of civil war, but also issued a list of "serious reservations" and warned the deal might not last.

"The current peace we are signing today has so many things we have to reject," Kiir said at the ceremony, witnessed by regional leaders, diplomats and journalists.

"Such reservations if ignored would not be in the interests of just and lasting peace."