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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 19, 2002


Sudan: Progress in the Peace Talks

The United States welcomes the substantial progress made in the peace talks at the round concluded November 18. The Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) signed two memoranda of understanding that have advanced the negotiations and paved the way for a resumption of talks on January 6 following Ramadan and Christmas celebrations. The first memorandum extends the cessation of hostilities and provisions for unimpeded humanitarian access until March 31. The second reaffirms the commitment of both sides to reach a comprehensive peace settlement, and delineates power-sharing issues on which general agreement has been reached. These agreements followed five weeks of negotiations in which both sides demonstrated their seriousness to resolve the outstanding issues.

The United States expects the parties to honor the agreements they have reached --particularly with respect to ceasing hostilities, allowing unrestricted humanitarian access, maintaining the ceasefire in the Nuba Mountains, and cooperating fully with the mechanism established to monitor attacks against civilians.

The United States commends the parties for their historic efforts, and the outstanding leadership of Kenyan mediator General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). We will continue our strong support for the peace process, and look forward to a successful conclusion of the negotiations early in the coming year.

Released on November 19, 2002

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