Amid thanksgiving hymns and the dancing of warriors, &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/comp/2002/01/16/25737.html ' target=_blank>Sudan’s government and southern rebels forged a comprehensive peace on Sunday ending Africa’s longest-running civil war.
Sudan’s First Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and John Garang of the southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement signed the accord in Kenya’s capital &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/367/14655_Nairobi.html ' target=_blank>Nairobi, ending a 21-year conflict in the south that has killed an estimated two million people mainly through famine and disease.
The agreement did not cover a separate conflict in the western &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/397/14733_darfur.html ' target=_blank>Darfur area of Africa’s largest country, where almost two years of fighting have created what the United Nations calls one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, wrote the Indian Express.
"People keep asking me, ‘Father, is it true that peace has come, finally?"’ said Rev. Santo Loku Pio, a local priest who also is secretary-general of the Juba archdiocese.
But the doubts and the hot, humid weather, could not dampen the festive atmosphere that descended on Juba after the peace treaty signing in Kenya by Sudan People’s Liberation Army leader John Garang, who hails from this city of 160,000 people, and Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, reports MSNBC News.