Southern anger at Khartoum’s violation of the 2005 peace accord explodes as the regime prepares for talks on Darfur
For the first time since the United States forced it to the negotiating table in early 2003, the ruling National Congress (aka National Islamic Front) is under serious internal pressure, from both South and West. The 11 October decision by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to pull out of the national government broke just as the NC was preparing for talks with the Darfur armed groups, due to open in Sirte, Libya, on 27 October. Instead, as Africa Confidential went to press, seven of the Darfur groups were in Juba talking to each other and to their hosts, the very SPLM which had just walked out of the Government of National Unity, accusing it of systematically breaking 2005's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, under which the GNU was set up.
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