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Vol 45 No 12

Published 11th June 2004


Sudan

Peace without honour

The Khartoum government's genocide in Darfur overshadows the North-South peace deal

The Naivasha peace deal of 26 May was signed under the dark shadow of the National Islamic Front regime's genocide in Darfur (AC Vol 45 Nos 9, 10 & 11). The contradiction was obvious between its claim to want peace in the South and its pursuit of what Bertrand Ramcharam, the cautious United Nations acting Human Rights Commissioner, has called a 'reign of terror' in the west. The day after the signing in Kenya, the army used tanks and heavy weapons to take Akobo and Nimne, near Bentiu. The Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement took them back. Khartoum, which forbade the Verification and Monitoring Team to investigate, may be trying to shift the North-South boundary to include the oilfields. There is more fighting ahead.

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