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New Round of Sudan Peace Talks Focus on Wealth, Power Sharing - 2003-07-06


A new round of Sudanese peace talks has opened in Kenya in a bid to end the East African country's 20-year-old civil war.

General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, the Kenyan official hosting the talks, said Sunday, the negotiations between the government and southern-based rebels will focus on wealth- and power-sharing arrangements. He said the negotiations, in the town of Nakuru, will last seven days.

The Islamic-dominated government and rebels from the Sudan People's Liberation Army signed a broad agreement last year to end the war and grant more autonomy to the Christian and Animist South.

They have since negotiated on a series of issues, such as power-sharing and distribution of revenue from Sudan's oil wealth.

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