Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sudan: Anglican Head Warns Nation Could Return to War

Sudan is in real danger of sliding back to war, according to the head of the Anglican Church in the Eastern African nation.

On Monday, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, Primate of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, wrote a passionate letter to representatives of the international community in the country appealing for their increased support for implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended the civil war in 2005.

He said he had recently toured many parts of South Sudan and witnessed first-hand the suffering of the people due to growing insecurity.

"In the Church's opinion, this is the biggest problem in Sudan today, and prevents any further material or economic development, as well as the free and fair elections desperately needed in February 2010 and the referendum on Southern secession scheduled for 2011," the archbishop said.

In Western and Central Equatoria provinces, the people are under attack from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), rumoured to be supported by certain people within Sudan. A large number of civilians in Eastern Equatoria, Lakes and Jonglei states are armed, the prelate said.

The proliferation of modern weapons has also worsened tribal conflicts over cattle and grazing rights.

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