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Vol 39 No 14

Published 10th July 1998


Long war, quick fix

Outsiders contemplate a north-south peace that helps the NIF and weakens its opponents

Western governments have a plan for the independence of southern Sudan. The proposals have the blessing of the Sudan government but bypass Sudan's neighbours in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). If implemented, the plan now being studied by the Western 'Partners of IGAD' would entrench the NIF government, sidelining its northern and most of its southern opponents. If it failed, it could still give valuable breathing space to the NIF while further dividing the southern factions and the opposition umbrella, the National Democratic Alliance. One senior NDA politician called it a 'win-win' deal for the NIF.

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