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Vol 50 No 9

Published 1st May 2009



International concern is rising over the North-South peace deal and the national elections due under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This week, the head of the CPA's Assessment and Evaluation Commission, Sir Derek Plumbly, a British former Ambassador to Egypt, warned that time was short and called on the United Nations to do more to support the Government of Southern Sudan. Next week, a report from the Rift Valley Institute will underline the difficulties of holding free and fair elections. Under the 2005 CPA, these were due by June 2009 but are now delayed until February 2010, with the Southern referendum on independence still scheduled for 2011.

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