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SPLA continues historic meetings in Khartoum, peace talks resume

Sudan’s southern rebels continued a historic visit to the capital Khartoum, a day after Washington said it was turning up the heat on the sides to end Africa’s longest running civil war before the end of the month. Representatives of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) held talks with opposition political parties on the second day of the rebel movement’s first visit to the capital, official sources said Saturday. They met with the Union of Sudanese African Parties in the presence of former vice president Abel Alier, before talking with leaders of the Popular Congress Party. The SPLM/A team, led by Pagan Amum, then crossed the Nile river to Omdurman where they met Umma Party chief Sadek al-Mahdi and were due later at talks with the Democratic Unionist Party. Both the SPLM/A and PCP agreed there could be no lasting peace without democratisation, fair distribution of resources and real power, said PCP official Beshir Adam Rahmah. Full Story

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