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Sudan Church Calls for End of Civil War

Date 06 May 1996 06:09:57

Canon James M. Rosenthal, Director of Communications
Anglican Communion News Service
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Fax 44 0171 620-1071

#711 ACC
Episcopal Church in Sudan Calls for End of Civil War

(APS) Bishops of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) have
appealed to the Government and  the  rebel  Sudan  People's
Liberation Movement (SPLM) to work  relentlessly  towards  achieving 
honourable peace and save their people from the long-standing civil

The Bishops said that they believed the Sudanese are "naturally
peace-loving" people.  They asked Lt General Amar Hassan Ahmed El-
Bashir, leader of the Sudanese junta and the SPLM and its army, the
SPLA, to disassociate themselves from hostilities, start peace talks
"anywhere on earth acceptable" and allow food to reach starving
people in regions they each control.

In a letter addressed to Bashir but intended for and sent to both
the Sudanese President and John Garang, head of SPLM and commander
of SPLA, the bishops said that "freedom of evangelisation and free
movement of bishops" ought to be facilitated throughout the country.

The letter was signed by all of the 20 bishops of the Church and was
issued in August.

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