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Thousands of Sudanese Show Support for Southern Peace Deal


Thousands of Sudanese gathered at Khartoum airport Saturday to show their support for a new peace deal between the government and southern rebels.

Crowds sang, danced, and cheered the arrival of the government negotiators headed by Sudan's First Vice President Ali Osman Taha.

Later, Mr. Taha told another crowd at the headquarters of the ruling party that the deal is complete, with no differences remaining.

Meanwhile, Sudan's opposition Popular Congress Party welcomed the deal.

On Friday in Kenya, the government and the rebel Sudan's People's Liberation Army signed the last remaining agreements to bring an end to 21 years of civil war.

The latest accords call for a permanent cease-fire and lay out the details of how to implement a final agreement.

A document that includes all previous agreements is expected to be signed on January 9.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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