Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Sudan

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1998

Apr. 20: President `Umar Hasan Ahmad alBashir denied that military guards had killed any military conscripts trying to escape from a training camp on 2 April when 52 conscripts drowned after their boat capsized on the Blue Nile. Opposition groups claimed the death toll was at least 129 people and that guards had killed 74 during the escape. [4/20 WP]

May 3: The Sudanese government allowed the United Nations to fly several cargo planes of food, seeds and tools into the Bahr al-Ghazal regions in the south. [5/5 NYT]

May 4: Talks between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) resumed in Nairobi, Kenya. [5/5 NYT]

May 6: Both the government and the SPLM agreed to accept the results of an internationally supervised referendum on self-determination for the predominantly Christian South. No date was set for the referendum. The SPLM also rejected a cease-fire. Both sides failed to agree on the size of the area defined as "the South" and on the question of the separation of religion and the state. [5/7 NYT, FT]

May 9: Voting began in Khartoum for a new constitution. [5/10 WP]

May 24: Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a northern opposition party, the Umma party, had reported that its armed wing had attacked a military camp 15 miles north of Gallabat, along the Eritrean border, killing 30 soldiers. …

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