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    The people of Sudan have been celebrating the 21st anniversary of the country's independence. In?

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    The people of Sudan have been celebrating the 21st anniversary of the country's independence. In his anniversary speech Sudanese President, Ja'afar al-Nimeiry, accused neighbouring Ethiopia of conspiring against Sudan.

    SYNOPSIS: This year independence day celebrations took place in the town of Kadugi in the western province of Kordofan. A large number of people turned out to greet the President on his arrival in Kadugli on Saturday (1 January).

    A mass march-past by the Sudanese armed forces women auxiliary units and youth organisations was the focal point of the festivities.

    Speaking before the parade President Nimeiry claimed that members of the Sudanese opposition in exile, have been making contact in "an Arab capital" as well as in Addis Ababa."We know all the details about the Ethiopian conspiracy against our country, and we know the number and size of camps where mercenaries and conspirators are being trained," the President said. He suggested that Sudan might ask the Organisation of African Unity and United Nations Commission for Africa to move their headquarters from Addis Ababa, because Sudanese ministers who went there for international and regional conferences were mistreated.

    Since achieving independence 20 years ago Sudan has had four regimes. General Nimeiry took over in May 1969. His main achievement has been the agreement which put an end to 17 years of civil war between the Arabic north and the mainly African, south of the country. Sudan is primarily agricultural. Now the civil war is over one of the major problems facing the country's economy is its dependence on one crop -- cotton. Agriculture contributes more than 30 per cent of the gross domestic product and manufacturing industries contribute only about two per cent, so diversifying farm production is a priority.

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