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Sudan Government, Rebels Hope for Deal as Deadline Looms

With time running out for Sudan’s government and southern rebels to reach a final peace deal before a Dec. 31 deadline, both sides said Monday they were hopeful of resolving issues blocking an accord to end 21 years of civil war.The Khartoum government and Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) pledged to end Africa’s longest running civil war in Sudan’s oil-rich south during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council last month. Delegates said Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Taha and SPLA/M leader John Garang have held face-to-face talks late into the night in the Kenyan Rift Valley town of Naivasha in a push to resolve sticking points before the deadline.Full Story

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