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Vol 42 No 8

Published 20th April 2001


Sudan

Oiling the daggers

Southern leaders at daggers drawn since 1991 have reached agreement in principle that Riek Machar's forces be reintegrated into the Sudan People's Liberation Army of Colonel John Garang. The pact, expected to be announced by the end of April, opens the way for a united Southern front. This would hugely strengthen the south against the National Islamic Front government's scorched-earth tactics, which it uses to depopulate oil-rich areas (AC Vol 42 Nos 6 & 7), inhabited mainly by the south's two largest tribes - the Dinka (Garang) and Nuer (Machar).

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