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Powell to Attend Sudan Peace Signing, Discuss Darfur

Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to Nairobi this weekend to witness the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement to end some 21 years of civil war in southern Sudan, the State Department said. Delegates from Sudan’s government and rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed the final chapters of a peace deal on Dec. 31, paving the way for the comprehensive accord to be signed on Sunday ending Africa’s longest-running civil war. The visit to Nairobi on Saturday and Sunday will likely be among Powell’s last foreign trips before he is expected to step down around Jan. 20 and it reflects the Bush administration’s efforts to push Khartoum and the SPLM to strike a deal. Full Story

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