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Sudan must grasp ‘peace dividend’

The senior UN envoy to Sudan has said that a deal to end the country’s 21-year-old civil war must be followed by moves towards peace in Darfur. Jan Pronk told the Security Council there is “political momentum” towards peace in Sudan’s western region, but that violence could easily re-emerge. Sudan’s government have signed a peace deal with rebels in southern Sudan, but progress in Darfur has been slow. Militias and rebels in Darfur are re-arming, Mr Pronk warned the council. “We may move into a period of intense violence unless swift action is taken,” Mr Pronk said, adding that he had asked the UN to deploy human rights observers to the region. Full Story

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