Sudanese parties sign peace pledge
Friday, November 19, 2004
Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement ( ) signed a peace pledge today in the capital , under the watchful eye of .— Representatives of both the
According to the BBC, the document concluded with a memorandum saying that "prompt completion of the peace process is essential for all the people of Sudan". The actual peace treaty should, according to the pledge, be signed no later than December 31st 2004. While the pledge focuses mainly on the fights between the rebels in the and the Khartoum-based government in the north, there is also attention for the ongoing crisis in east Sudan (Darfur).
Several aid agencies have criticized the UN for taking a weak stand against the Sudanese government. Thehas already signed two resolutions threatening economic sanctions against Sudan if the government does not disarm its troops in Darfur, but, so the BBC reports, the violence is continuing. The civil war in Darfur was sparked in 2003, when insurgents started attacking government buildings. The Arab government in subsequently sent troops to the region, which have been reported to mass-violate human rights of the black Africans living in Darfur.
- January 9, 2005: Peace agreement signed in Sudan
- BBC, November 29, 2004: UN backs south Sudan peace pledge