U.N. Chief: Sudan Civil War Pact is Model

September 4, 2007


Source: The News Tribune

Wire Service: AP


JUBA, Sudan -- A peace deal in Sudan's Muslim government and Christian and animist rebels in the semiautonomous south can serve as a "blueprint for long-term peace" for the entire country - including Darfur, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday.

Some 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers are in southern Sudan to enforce the 2005 agreement that ended Africa's longest civil war. But the deal has been overshadowed by the turmoil of the separate rebellion in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

The deal "remains an essential - and fragile - cornerstone of peace across the whole of Sudan, well beyond Darfur," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Juba, the southern region's capital, on the second day of his trip to Sudan that will also take him to Chad and Libya.

The deal, known as the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA, ended 21 years of civil war between Sudan's Muslim government in the north and the Christian and animist rebels in the south.