Sunday, January 18, 2004

Sudan: peace and the disputed areas

South Sudanese rebels ... said yesterday there could be no final peace agreement until the status of three disputed areas was resolved.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir said on Tuesday the Kenya-hosted peace talks were not mandated to discuss the three disputed areas - Nuba Mountains, Southern Blue Nile and Abyei, potentially raising a major obstacle to a peace deal.

But [SPLA/M spokesman] Yasir Arman ... said talks on the disputed areas were continuing in Kenya and a resolution was essential. "There will be no (final) agreement unless there is a full agreement on the three areas," Arman said by telephone. (link)
Here is a bit more on the disputed areas.