Garang's widow to continue mission

Aug. 30, 2005 at 10:40 AM

JUBA, Sudan, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The widow of Sudan Vice President John Garang has vowed to continue his mission to bring peace to the civil war-torn African nation.

At the funeral of the former rebel leader, who was killed in a helicopter crash three weeks ago, Rebecca Garang said, "I will not miss my husband as long as you people of Sudan are the watchdogs."

The highly respected woman, who has been a claming influence since her husband died, was referring to the peace deal between the north and south. Garang, who commanded one side in Sudan's 21-year civil war, helped put together the peace deal in January leading to a power-sharing arrangement, the Washington Post reported.

"It's just his body which is gone," she said.

"His vision of peace remains."

U.S. President George Bush called from the White House to thank her. Salva Kiir Mayardit, a senior aide to Garang, has replaced him as vice president of the new unified government of Sudan.

Rebecca Garang has repeatedly stressed that the helicopter crash was an accident, disputing all conspiracy theories.

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