Talks between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudanese government aimed at ending their civil war have failed to produce an agreement. The truce has been extended until March 2003, and discussions will resume in January. The key points of contention concern the details of power and wealth sharing between the north and south: in July it was agreed that the south would have six years of power-sharing followed by a referendum on secession (MEED 2:8:02). However the two sides could not decide on what proportion of civil servants and MPs each would have, and rebel officials reported that the Khartoum government was unwilling to accept a southern vice-president. The allocation of oil revenues is also an obstacle (link).