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Vol 42 No 16

Published 10th August 2001


Sudan

Keeping them talking

Ever since it seized power on 30 June 1989, the National Islamic Front has been declaring its desire for peace while accelerating the war. The first speech by Brigadier General Omer el Beshir after the NIF made him President declared that the prime task was to halt the war in the south; he promised a 'referendum on self-determination'. This promise was repeated in the Khartoum Peace Accords of 1996 and 1997 yet at the same time, Khartoum opposes 'self-determination' (undefined) while claiming it already has a federal system.

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