Southern Sudan leader meets with Bush

November 16, 2007 03:27


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The head of the transitional government in the non-Muslim southern Sudan talked with President George W. Bush about ways to revive a peace agreement signed in 2005 that has bogged down in recent months. Bush and Salva Kiir, vice president of Sudan and president of the southern Sudan administration, met privately Thursday in the White House's Oval Office and said nothing as they posed for pictures. White House spokesmen gave only bare-bones recaps of their discussion. Both White House press secretary Dana Perino and Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the two "discussed ways to reinvigorate implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan." The CPA established the southern government and provided for nationwide general elections in early 2009, and a southern referendum on independence in 2011. Yet although Kiir is a vice president of Sudan, his southern government has suspended its cooperation with the Arab Muslim-dominated central government and accused President Omar al-Bashir's party of dealing in bad faith.

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