Sudan president opposes peace plan

Aug. 10, 2003 at 12:48 PM
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KHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The president of Sudan says a draft peace plan will only split the country and not end the 20-year-old civil war that has killed 1.5 million people.

President Omar al-Bashir was objecting to the plan drafted by the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) meeting in Kenya, the BBC reported Sunday.

The group, however, planned to go ahead Sunday with its new round of talks in the Kenyan town of Nakuru.

Sudan has been locked in a civil war between the largely Muslim north and the predominantly Christian south in the past 20 years. Besides the dead, the war has displaced some 4 million people.

The rebels are resisting attempts by the government to impose Sharia law on the entire country. The two sides have accused each other of violations since last year's cease-fire.

Details of a deal for sharing power with the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) are yet to be worked out.

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