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PRESS RELEASE

On the Second Round of the Dialogue to Find a Political Settlement of the South Sudan Conflict

2411-22-11-2002

The second round of the dialogue to find a political resolution of the South Sudan conflict ended a few days ago in Machakos, Kenya. As a result of intensive talks between the delegations of the Government of the Republic of Sudan and of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army a Protocol extending the cease-fire agreement for the period from January 1 to March 31, 2003, and a Memorandum of Understanding on certain aspects of power sharing and property sharing have been signed.

Moscow welcomes the agreements reached and expresses satisfaction with the fact that the parties have demonstrated goodwill and reiterated their disposition toward continuing the substantive dialogue, the ultimate aim of which is elaboration of a comprehensive peace agreement on the basis of the preservation of the territorial integrity of Sudan. We note the weighty assistance which has been rendered to the negotiating process under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

We express the hope that after the resumption of the inter-Sudanese dialogue on January 6, 2003, the agreements reached will receive their further development and will help arrive at a definitive resolution of the situation in South Sudan.

November 22, 2002

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