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Vol 46 No 2

Published 21st January 2005


Joy in the South, silence in the North

The peace deal shores up the regime but raises doubts about the eventual plan for Southern independence

At long last, Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) has been signed, in Kenya's National Stadium on 9 January. Yet the participants have very different aims: the regime wants to hold on to power and keep Sudan united; Southerners want independence. For the South, the signatory was Colonel John Garang de Mabior, head of the Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement. For Khartoum, President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir was present but, demonstrating that the National Islamic Front civilians still rule, the signatory was the more powerful Vice-President, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha.

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