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Sudan Throws out Deal with Rebel Faction

The Sudanese government has rejected an agreement reached last year with a rebel movement. It claims the Machakos Protocol, which sought to end the country’s civil war, is no longer binding on Khartoum because it allegedly favours the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The country’s deputy ambassador to Kenya, Mr Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed, who also leads his government’s delegation to the peace talks, yesterday told journalists in Nairobi that the negotiations had been trivialising issues critical to the north and the government. The negotiations have been organised by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad). Mr Ahmed said the government delegation was no longer interested in the talks and was walking out. Sudan has reportedly expressed misgivings with Kenya’s mediation in the civil war that began in 1983 and has suggested the involvement of South Africa. Full Story

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