Misgivings about Sudan peace accord

Celebrations premature
When the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army signed a peace accord and power-sharing arrangement on New Year’s Eve at Lake Naivasha, Kenya, South African President Thabo Mbeki, who witnessed the signing, declared, “Africa begins the year 2005 on a very good footing.”

“Let’s party!” the South African head of state added, according to the New York Times. A peace ceremony sealing the final accords was to be held on January 9 in Nairobi.

But Mbeki’s call for celebration at the end of the decades-old conflict in southern Sudan, a conflict that has pitted the Muslim-dominated government in Khartoum against the largely Christian and animist people of the south, could be premature.


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