South Sudanese government regains control of key town

January 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM EST

The South Sudanese government said it regained control of the town of Bor from rebel forces on Saturday.

South Sudan’s military spokesman, Philip Agur, said 15,000 rebel forces were defeated in retaking the city. The Ugandan army is taking credit for the operation.

Bor has been caught in the middle of the power struggle between government and rebel forces during the month-long conflict transpiring in the world’s newest country.

As the news in Bor develops, negotiations between the government and the rebels continue in Ethiopia. Leaders from both sides said they were close to signing a cease-fire agreement.

Rebel negotiator, Mabior de Garang, said he hoped to see an agreement signed Saturday night. However, Presidential spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, said he believed an agreement would be signed on Sunday or Monday.

The United Nations has called the month-long conflict a “horrifying human rights disaster.” According to the U.N., thousands have died since violence broke out on Dec. 15.