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Sudan Says Committed to Peace Talks in Kenya

Sudan’s government sent officials to meet Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Monday, signalling a renewed commitment to Kenyan peace efforts after last week pouring scorn on proposals put forward by mediators. Sudan’s northern government and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) have been fighting a war in Africa’s largest country for 20 years. The conflict, over religious freedom, oil and ideology, has killed around 20 million people. Sudan took issue with the Kenyan-hosted mediators proposing two separate armies and central banks for the south and the north and exempting the capital Khartoum in the north from Islamic sharia law. Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was quoted as saying mediators from the east African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) should “dissolve them (the proposals) in water and drink them.” But on Monday, Bashir sent senior officials with a message to Kibaki to say Khartoum still believed the IGAD peace process was “capable of achieving peace in Sudan,” a statement from the Sudanese embassy in Nairobi said after talks finished. Full Story

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