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Sudanese Rebel Leader Wants Large Force in Darfur

The leader of southern Sudan’s main rebel group called on Tuesday for up to 30,000 Sudanese and international troops to stop the fighting in Darfur, demobilize combatants and institute power-sharing. Rebel leader John Garang and Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, Sudan’s vice president, addressed the U.N. Security Council on a landmark agreement they signed last month ending a 21-year old civil war in the south. Garang, who will become a vice president in Khartoum, said plans that produced the north-south agreement could be applied to Darfur — a deadline to reach an accord, self-government, military arrangements, power-sharing and a division of wealth in the arid west. Even though his movement was not part of the government or rebels in Darfur, Garang said, “We have a moral and political obligation to assist Sudan achieve a comprehensive peace.” Full Story

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