Attempts to revive the stalled peace process, aimed at ending the 20-year war in Sudan, have begun in Kenya. The talks in the central town of Naivasha are the first face to face talks between rebel leader John Garang and the Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha and are being seen as critical. The civil war in Sudan, between the mainly Christian rebels in the south and the Islamic government of the north, has cost the lives of hundred of thousands of ordinary Sudanese. A ceasefire has more or less been holding on the ground in south Sudan, but the rebels are making it clear that a big gulf remains between the two sides. Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka told journalists on Friday morning: “The whole world is putting pressure on Khartoum and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) to reach a peace agreement.” “They are determined to bring peace to their country and have agreed that this process is irreversible,” he said. Full Story
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