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S.Sudan Rebels Urge Support for Democracy, Peace

A delegation from Sudan’s main southern rebel group making a rare visit to the capital on Friday called on Sudanese to back a peace process which aims to end the country’s 20-year-old civil war. “The peace process needs the support of all the Sudanese people,” said Pagan Amum, head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) delegation, during the first visit of its kind to the capital during a war that has cost around two million lives. Amum, also a member of SPLA’s highest decision making body, told a news conference peace was not possible without democratic transformation in Africa’s largest country. Shouting: “Welcome to the heroes, welcome to the new Sudan,” hundreds of people crowded round the convoy of cars carrying the delegation, which has come to Khartoum as part of efforts to build broad support for the talks taking place in Kenya. Full Story

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