Saturday, February 28, 2004

Sudan: one-month truce extension signed in Kenya

The Sudanese government and the main rebel group [SPLA/M] signed a one-month truce extension today ...

... "I expect they will agree on the two outstanding issues even before the end of this current session of the talks on March 16," Kenyan Lazaro Sumbeiywo, the chief mediator in the peace process, said by telephone from Naivasha.

"I don't expect the final peace agreement to be reached by the end of the coming month. But with the two outstanding issues out of the way, what will be left are details on security arrangements and modalities of implementation and so on." (link)
The outstanding issues are ... sharing of political and administrative power, whether Sharia law shoudl apply in Khartoum, and the status of the three disputed regions -- Abyei, Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile.

Note ... US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Charles Snyder was also in Naivasha today, talking with Sudanese VP Taha and SPLA/M leader Garang.
"Snyder held talks with both leaders, apparently pushing them to reach a comprehensive peace deal soon," said the official, who declined to be named.
Here is something handy ... a chronology of events of the conflict (s) in Sudan.

SPLA/M = Southern People's Liberation Army/Movement