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Sudan to sign eastern peace in Asmara

Eastern rebels and the government of Sudan are to sign a peace deal on Saturday to end a decade of low-level revolt in the resource-rich east of Africa’s largest country. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and high-level officials are to travel to neighbouring Eritrea, which mediated the deal. The agreement is the third peace deal Khartoum has negotiated in less then two years. “Eastern Sudan is the most marginalised area in Sudan and by signing this agreement there is admission and recognition of this fact,” said Yasir Arman of the former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), which concluded a north-south peace deal with the government in January 2005. Full Story

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