The two sides signed the security agreement in Kenya on 24 September after weeks of face-to-face meetings. The deal, part of ongoing peace negotiations, states that within two years of the signing of a permanent peace agreement, 80 per cent of government forces stationed in southern Sudan would be re-deployed to the north. This will leave about 10,000 government troops in the south. The SPLA will be allowed to keep 80 per cent of its troops in the area in the six years after self-rule is introduced (MEED 25:9:03).