Home | News    Friday 23 July 2004

Civilians return to Sudan’s Nuba as peace nears


NAIROBI, July 22 (Reuters) - Thousands of people are returning to Sudan’s Nuba mountains, attracted by the prospect of a final peace deal between government and rebels, an international ceasefire monitor in the region said on Wednesday.

The head of the commission overseeing a truce between the Khartoum government and the rebel Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) since January 2002 said thousands had returned to their homes since the two warring parties signed the ceasefire.

The peace accords do not cover a separate conflict in the western Darfur region.

"The local people have reacted very positively to the peace deal and many people are returning to their homes," Brigadier General Jan Erik Wilhelmsen, chairman of the Joint Monitoring Commission (JMC), told reporters in Nairobi.

Government and SPLA signed key peace protocols on May 26 which settled the status of the remote Nuba Mountains and two other areas that had been claimed by both parties - Abyei and Southern Blue Nile.

JMC figures put the number of people who had returned to their homes at 150,000 in the two and a half years the ceasefire has been in effect.

Wilhelmsen said that, although the people were able to move more freely since the ceasefire, there were still some government restrictions in force.

Returnees have said they have found the Nuba mountains area more developed because of the ceasefire, with shops and markets opening up, but restrictions were hampering political activity.

Under the May 26 agreement, Nuba Mountains will be an autonomous state within northern Sudan, with elections to be held three years after a final peace deal is signed.

The Sudan war began in 1983 and broadly pits the SPLA in the mainly Christian and animist south against the Northern Islamic government.

The conflict, which has killed two million people, has been complicated by issues of oil, ethnicity and religion.

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.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)

Can Sudan achieve peace and democratic transition? 2019-08-13 07:37:28 By Rosalind Marsden Sudan has a unique opportunity to embrace democratic transition but there is no room for complacency. Comprehensive reforms and a united democratic front will be key to (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.