Bid to reach Sudan deal resumes

Peace talks between the Sudanese Government and southern rebels aimed at ending two decades of civil war have resumed after a Christmas break.

The two sides have promised to reach a settlement by the end of the year. A week ago, Khartoum and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) reached agreement on sharing oil resources. The two sides are now expected to turn their attention to power sharing and the future of three contested areas. SPLA leader John Garang and the government’s first vice president, Osman Ali Taha, have been meeting in the Kenyan resort town of Naivasha. Full Story

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