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How Sudan's Rebel Deal Offers Lifeline for Peace

Alex de Waal co-publishes op-ed for BBC News on Sudan's peace agreement.

Sudan's peace agreement signed last week finally promises to end the devastating wars in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile that have cost hundreds of thousands of lives, but as Alex de Waal and Edward Thomas explain, it comes with a huge price tag.

The deal was negotiated between the transitional government and a coalition of rebel leaders in South Sudan's capital, Juba. 

Its strength is the goodwill on both sides. 

Its weakness is that Sudan is trying a bold experiment in democracy in the middle of intersecting crises with practically no international help.

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