British Foreign Minister Urges Sudanese Rebel Leader to End Conflict
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw met Sudanese rebel leader John Garang in London on Tuesday and called upon him to do everything possible to help end his country's 20-year civil.
In a statement, he said he urged Garang and his Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) to work with all the factions in Sudan to find a way of putting an end to the conflict and suffering.
Straw also said Britain was fully engaged and had appointed a new special representative to support Sudanese peace efforts, according to AFP.
"There is widespread war weariness in Sudan. The challenge is to turn this into a desire to make peace," said the new appointee, Alan Goulty.
The foreign secretary also restated a pledge of one million dollars to help finance the monitoring of a cease-fire in Sudan's central Nuba mountains.
The partial cease-fire between the SPLA and the Khartoum government was reached in January to allow relief supplies to reach central Sudan's Nuba mountains, the official conveyed.
At least one million people have been killed in Sudan's civil war, which has pitted a coalition of animist and Christian rebel groups from the north and south against successive Arab and Muslim governments in Khartoum. (Albawaba.com)
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