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    The Khartoum government and the South Sudan Liberation Front yesterday (March 27) ratified an agreement reached four weeks ago to grant self-government to the three southern provinces -- officially bringing a 16-year-old civil war to an end.

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    The Khartoum government and the South Sudan Liberation Front yesterday (March 27) ratified an agreement reached four weeks ago to grant self-government to the three southern provinces -- officially bringing a 16-year-old civil war to an end.

    The agreement was signed by the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr. Mansour Khalid, and Major-General Joseph Lago, the leader of the South Sudan Liberation Front at the Jubilee Palace in Addis Ababa in the presence of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

    Both men paid tribute to the Emperor for his role in helping to bring about the agreement. Emperor Haile Selassie, meanwhile, stressed that the agreement showed that Africans were capable of solving their own problems and said the Sudan was now more than ever one nation.

    Although regional autonomy has been granted to the South, the central government will continue to supervise national defence, foreign policy and the economy.

    Sudanese President Jaafer el-Nimeiry earlier this month lifted a state of emergency imposed on the south 16 years ago, when government and secessionist force first launched into civil war. President el-Nimeiry also promised amnesty for all secessionists.

    Peace officially came to the area on March 6 when a ceasefire went into effect.

    SYNOPSIS: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.... and Sudanese delegate at Jubilee Palace. They're in Addis Ababa to ratify a treat that officially ends the sixteen-year-old civil war between the Khartoum government and secessionist groups in South Sudan. Agreement between them was reached just four weeks ago.

    Signing the treaty on Monday were the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Doctor Mensural Khalid -- wearing glasses -- and Major-General Joseph Lago, the leader of the South Liberation Front. Peace officially came to the area on March the sixth when a ceasefire went into effect. The agreement gives regional autonomy to the South.

    The Emperor, praised for his mediating role by both sides, said the agreement showed that Africans COULD solve their own problems.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA62FN1867TONW4O94BDH7SLQ1S
    Media URN:
    VLVA62FN1867TONW4O94BDH7SLQ1S
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
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    N/A

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