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Vol 43 No 10

Published 17th May 2002


The fire does not cease

The opposition complains that a US-brokered ceasefire helps the Khartoum government

Over halfway through the six-month 'humanitarian ceasefire' brokered by the United States for the Nuba Mountains, the National Islamic Front (aka National Congress) government has gained more than the Sudan People's Liberation Army (AC Vol 43 No 9). The agreement, signed in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, on 19 January, provided for the monitoring of violations and delivery of assistance to civilians living in SPLA-controlled areas. Neither has happened. The SPLA-Nuba Commander, Abdel Aziz Adam el Hilu (successor to the late Yussef Kuwa Mekki) plans to convene the Nuba parliament, the Regional Liberation Council, in a few weeks' time, for a vote on whether to extend the 'renewable' ceasefire or return to war.

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