Could Sudanese Deal Inspire Secession?
This month’s peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfur rebels could be the first test of whether Africa’s largest country can stay in one piece. Now that a deal has been signed with Sudan’s southern rebels stipulating that the south will get to vote on independence in six years, the Darfur insurgents in the west of the country have started to speak more forcefully about autonomy. There’s unrest in the central areas of Sudan too. And why stop there, in a country U.N. special envoy Jan Pronk has described as “a failed nation … many nations together in one huge territory, held together by force”? For that matter, why stop at Sudan? It is only one of many African nations whose borders, it could be argued, are artificial. Full Story