First Vice-President leaves for Nairobi

Dec. 5 (SUNA)

First Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha left for the Kenyan capital of Nairobi Sunday for resumption of peace negotiations set for Monday at the level of leadership with the Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Dr. John Garang. The First Vice President has expressed his hope in statement to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that this round of peace talks would be the final stressing that he was going to Nairobi for the talks with this spirit and this understanding. The Secretary of the South Department at the National Congress, Ali Tamim Fartak, has pointed out in a statement to the Sudan News Agency that there was optimism at the national, regional and international levels that the Sudan would witness the realization of peace and stability this year. He said the government has made all the necessary arrangements for the coming of peace, pointing out that the budget of the coming year was based on this understanding and that all the federal and state ministries have been instructed to adjust to the coming of peace. He pointed out that reports coming from Rumbeik about the general conference held by SPLM underlines the strong will of the movement to conclude a peace agreement by the end of this year. Fartak has renewed his confidence that the country was moving towards a new era that would result in the unity of the rank and objectives, adding that peace in the south would reflect positively on the stability in Darfur and the other states of the country. He said he expect the national economy to witness a boost next year pointing out to the promises made by the regional and international community to write off many of the debts of the Sudan a matter that would alleviate much of the burden on the national economy and open new horizons for rehabilitation and development in addition to oil exploration and oil refining and exportation adding new revenues that would help in effecting balanced development and rehabilitation of war-affected areas.