SPLM withdraw from Sudan national unity government

October 11, 2007 (Sudan Tribune)

In a serious setback to the Comprehensive Agreement (CPA) former southern rebels from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement on Thursday suspended their participation in the national government because of Khartoum’s failure to implement a peace deal, a spokesman said Thursday.

"The SPLM has recalled all ministers and presidential advisers from the government of national unity," Pagan Amum of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) told a news conference.

"Presidential advisers, ministers and state ministers will not report to work until these contentious issues are resolved," he added.

The SPLM issued a statement today calling on the international community to save the CPA from breaking down. The southern partner accused the NCP of failing to implement parts of the peace agreement.

The statement slammed the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) for what they called a "violation" of the constitutional rights of 1st Vice President Silva Kiir.

Kiir warned in recent weeks that there could be a return to war if the CPA was not implemented properly.



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