Chronology: Sudan

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SUDAN

2001

Oct. 26: The US State Department released its annual report on religious freedom citing Sudan as a country of particular concern. [WP, 10/27]

Nov. 2: President Bush decided to extend US sanctions against Sudan by one more year. Bush said that Sudan was a significant threat to America's national security. [BBC, 11/2]

Nov. 9: A leading figure of the Sudanese opposition, Ahmed al-Mirghani, arrived in Khartoum after a 12-year exile in Egypt. [NYT, 11/9]

Nov. 12: Sudan's government announced a three-day ceasefire in war zones to allow for a nationwide campaign to vaccinate against polio. [BBC, 11/12]

Nov. 14: The new US special envoy to Sudan, John Danforth, met with President 'Umar alBachir. Danforth was also expected to meet with leaders of the rebel groups. [BBC, 11/ 14; NYT, 11/15]

Nov. 15: US special envoy John Danforth revealed a three-point peace plan, which he advocated during his visit to Sudan. Danforth succeeded in obtaining the agreement of all the parties on a four-week ceasefire, allowing UN agencies to provide aid to southern regions. …