Sudan talks '65 per cent complete'

17 October 2003
Vice President Ali Osman Taha and leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) John Garang arrived in Kenya on 17 October to continue peace talks. According to the SPLA, talks are progressing well. SPLA spokesman Samson Kwaje added that the sides are '65 per cent of the way' to reaching an agreement. 'We are here with full dedication and determination to settle the remaining issues,' Vice President Taha said on arrival. 'We have come - with the same level of openness, commitment, determination and purpose to move on with the remaining issues so that we are able to reach a peace settlement,' said Garang.

The two sides signed a security agreement on 24 September as part of the ongoing negotiations, a move commended by observers. The new round of negotiations, which started on 6 October, aims to reach a full and lasting peace agreement. Both sides have faced pressure in recent months from the international community to make a final deal (MEED 7:10:03).

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