Home | News    Tuesday 25 January 2005

Sudan’s main southern rebel movement ratify peace deal

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

RUMBEK, Sudan, Jan 24, 2005 (AP) — Leaders of Sudan’s main southern rebel movement unanimously endorsed Monday an agreement to end Africa’s longest-running civil war, paving the way for a new constitution and power sharing government.

SPLA troops line up during a public rally in Rumbek on January 10, 2005 to celebrate a final peace agreement with the Khartoum government that was signed in Kenya January 9. (AFP).

Members of the 224-seat National Liberation Council, the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army’s legislative body, met for two days at their southern headquarters in Rumbek to discuss details of the deal, signed by their leader John Garang and Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha on Jan. 9 in neighboring Kenya.

Members asked questions about security arrangements, the division of wealth between north and south, and the structure of a new government, but proposed no amendments to the accord.

Sudan’s national Parliament also must sign off on the deal. Deliberations in the capital, Khartoum, begin Saturday.

Once ratified, the deal is legally binding on all sides, clearing the way for the drafting of a new constitution and formation of a government in which insurgents will receive 30 percent of seats. In six years, southern states will have an opportunity to vote on secession.

The 21-year war has pitted the Arab Muslim-dominated government in Khartoum against rebels fighting for greater autonomy and a larger share of the country’s wealth in the largely African Christian and animist south. More than 2 million people have died, mainly from war-induced famine and disease, and at least twice as many have fled their homes.

U.N. and U.S. officials hope the deal will help end Sudan’s other conflicts — a 23-month rebellion in the western Darfur region and a low intensity insurgency in the eastern Red Sea Hills.

Tens of thousands have been killed and nearly 2 million displaced in Darfur, where pro-government Arab militiamen known as the Janjaweed have attacked African villages in a campaign of burning, looting, raping and killing. The conflict erupted in February 2003, when two African rebel groups began fighting for more power and resources in the arid region.

More than 70,000 of the displaced have died of hunger and disease since March, though no firm figures exist for the direct toll of the fighting.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Open Letter to Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto 2017-09-23 07:09:30 To The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. September 21 , 2016 By Stephen Par Kuol Your Excellency Ambassador Yamamoto: (...)

Sudan’s renegade Sheikh 2017-09-12 12:44:55 By Ahmed H Adam Tensions between the Sudanese regime and militia commander Sheikh Musa Hilal has reached a tipping point in recent weeks. On July 20, Sudanese Vice President Hassabo Abdel (...)

The UN’s WHO knows cholera vaccines have been used effectively: why not in Sudan? 2017-09-09 23:05:26 Eric Reeves The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) continues in its refusal to call the cholera epidemic that has spread throughout Sudan by its proper name (cholera is caused by the Vibrio (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)

New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)

A prominent Sudan Women and Civil rights activist passed away 2017-08-14 21:09:47 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Khartoum, Sudan-August 14 2017 In the early hours of Saturday 12th August Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, a renowned Sudanese leader of the (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.