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February 23, 2001

Sudan: Memorandum of Understanding Signed in Switzerland (Taken Question)

TAKEN QUESTION
(February 22, 2001)

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

Q. What information do you have on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Switzerland by Hassan Al-Turabiís Popular National Congress party and the Sudan Peopleís Liberation Movement?

A.

  • On February 20 in Geneva, representatives of the Sudanese Popular National Congress Party signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sudan Peopleís Liberation Movement/Army.
  • The memorandum calls for peaceful resistance to the regime, recognizes Sudanís religious and cultural diversity, and affirms the right to self-determination and the need for decentralized rule.

Q.  What is your view of the signing?

A.

  • The memorandum is an interesting development, but it is too early to say what it means. A number of northern parties have aligned themselves with opposition forces in recent years as the Khartoum regime has suppressed dissenting political views.
  • This appears to be a continuation of that trend.

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