July 21, 2010

THERE IS NO SUDAN:

Damage control: As the deadline for the referendum on independence for southern Sudan approaches, fears are growing that the country could be dragged back to war, writes Dina Ezzat, 7/20/10, Al-Ahram)

Scheduled to take place in January, the referendum was a central component of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed less than six years ago, after a brutal two- decade war between the north and south. It included a clause calling on all parties to work towards making the choice of unity attractive for the people of southern Sudan. The Khartoum regime -- predominantly Islamist -- and Arab countries, predominantly in favour of the continued unity of Sudan, failed to act on the clause. The result according to Arab, Western, African and Chinese diplomats, is that the south will vote overwhelmingly for independence.

The liberation of the South was one of W's less recognized achievements.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2010 6:16 AM
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