November 19, 2004


Sudan Officials, Rebels Pledge to Sign Peace Accord by Year's End: U.N. Security Council, in Kenya to witness the two sides' commitment, is to OK an aid package.
(Maggie Farley, November 19, 2004, LA Times)

The leaders of Sudan's warring forces pledged Thursday to sign a peace agreement by Dec. 31, a move aimed at ending the nation's 21-year-long civil war and providing hope for new stability in the crisis-torn region of Darfur.

Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha and rebel leader John Garang said they would today sign the commitment, which promises to wrap up peace talks by year's end. The memorandum of understanding will be witnessed by the entire U.N. Security Council, whose members have come to Nairobi in a rare move to focus attention on Sudan's two civil wars and burgeoning humanitarian crisis.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the two sides to forge peace quickly, and for the Security Council to back them up with political and financial support, or penalties if they failed to keep their promises. Although he focused on the peace agreement, he also decried continued violence against civilians in Darfur by soldiers — and even police — despite the government's pledges to stop it.

Rebels seeking a greater share of power and wealth for the largely Christian and animist south have battled the Islamic national government for more than two decades.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 8:45 AM

Sounds like classic hudna/taqqiya behavior on the part of Sudanese govt. Sorry for the cynicism. I wish we lived in John Kerry's PC world where terrorists abide by the treaties they sign. Alas...

Posted by: Leonidas at November 19, 2004 9:04 AM