Is peace imminent?

Mozyinski, Peter
June 2003
New African;Jun2003, Issue 419, p27
The article reports on a meeting between Sudan's president Omar Beshir and SPLA leader John Garang, who are rivals, in Nairobi, Kenya, while the former was on a one-day state visit. Both expressed hope on reaching a final agreement on the human rights conflict in Sudan by the end of June 2003, and reaffirmed their commitment to honor the previous peace agreements reached between the two parties, particularly the Machakos Protocol. “The meeting was very important indeed because they (Beshir and Garang) are the ones who hold the key to a final agreement,” said General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, Kenya's chief mediator. President Beshir has done much to distance his government from its previous connections with radical Islam, though Sudan still remains on the U.S. terror list, and as such labeled as “axis of evil”. Even so, on March 28, 2003, Gerhart Baum, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) on human rights in Sudan told the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva:“I have seen no fundamental change since my last visit, in spite of further commitments by the government. The country remains under the iron-tight grip of the omnipresent security apparatus, which continues to enjoy virtual impunity.” “The positive changes in Sudan have taken place largely as a result of international pressure to make meaningful moves to end human rights abuses,” say associations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.


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