Conflicting visions reign of what is really going on in the Machakos negotiations, with a large gap between Sudanese participants and many of the foreigners involved. Sudanese remember their history, of which most of the Westerners involved remain ignorant. In the West, the Sudanese civil war is often described as a conflict over religion and 'resources', which can be resolved by something like the 1972 Addis Ababa Agreement ending the first war, guaranteeing 'minority rights' and sharing oil revenues fairly. The southern opposition, though, sees the current war as the result of the failure of Addis Ababa.
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