South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar said he’ll return to the capital on April 18 to become vice president in a transitional government aimed at ending more than two years of civil war.

Machar said a suggestion by peace monitors that he travel to Juba early next week was unworkable and proposed the new date, according to a copy of a letter signed by the rebel leader and forwarded to Bloomberg by his deputy spokesman, Nyarji Jermlili Roman.

The return of Machar, the head of the main rebel group, to the country’s leadership has been planned since he and President Salva Kiir signed a power-sharing agreement in August. Civil war that broke out December 2013 in the oil-producing nation has left tens of thousands of people dead and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes.

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