South Sudanese to rejoin national government

Media Monitoring Report, 17 October 2007
(Reuter, Khartoum Monitor)

Sudan's former southern rebels said on Wednesday they would rejoin the national government to work through a stalemate on implementing a 2005 peace deal which ended Africa's longest civil war.

The Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) last week froze its membership of the coalition government complaining it was being sidelined and that key elements of a January 2005 peace deal were being ignored.

"President of south Sudan Salva Kiir is going to Khartoum tomorrow and there he will make a statement," said southern Information Minister Samson Kwaje.

Kwaje said they were rejoining the government to work through issues together, but added the SPLM still wanted to see progress by the third anniversary of the deal on January 9.


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