Monday, 7 July 2003
Sudan's peace process is entering its final, most difficult phase and it is essential that the United States make a clear commitment to its bilateral relationship with Sudan and remain closely involved in the post-agreement process.
The resolution of outstanding issues such as the status of the national capital, the presidency and security arrangements will require a 'grand bargain' between the government in Khartoum and the SPLA in the South.
The key to a sustainable agreement will be whether it can prioritise the preservation of national unity and address conflict areas outside the South.
However independence for the South must also remain a valid and acceptable possible outcome of the referendum, as a fundamental confidence building measure for southerners to give a unified state a chance.
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