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Secretary-General, mourning Sudan's First Vice-President Garang, calls for reaffirmation of commitment to build on peace process

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Dr. John Garang de Mabior, First Vice-President of the Sudan, President of Southern Sudan and Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Garang and to the people of the Sudan, who have lost a great son.

Dr. Garang, who led the SPLM/A for more

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Sudanese capital back to calm after riots

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KHARTOUM, Aug 1, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum gradually returned to calm on Monday after riots broke out following the death of the first vice president and southern leader John Garang in an air crash.
The Sudanese government imposed curfew in Khartoum from 6:00 p. m. on Monday (1500 GMT) to 6:00 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Tuesday.

An eyewitness said the streets in Khartoum were almost empty except the security forces were deployed.

Riots broke out in the streets of Khartoum

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Riots erupt after Sudanese ex rebel leader dies in helicopter crash

by Mohammed Ali Saeed
KHARTOUM, Aug 1 (AFP) - Riots erupted in the Sudanese capital Monday after a helicopter crash killed Sudanese vice president and former southern rebel leader John Garang, dealing a blow to a peace deal that ended Africa's longest civil war.

Immediately after the announcement of his death, thousands of people, some wielding knives and guns, took to the streets of Khartoum. An AFP correspondent said several people were lying on the ground, some possibly dead.

Bursts of automatic gunfire could be

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Southern Sudanese rampage in Khartoum - witnesses

KHARTOUM, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Thousands of southern Sudanese took to the streets of Khartoum on Monday, some attacking northerners and looting shops, following the death of southern leader John Garang in a helicopter crash, witnesses said.

"They are beating anybody they see who looks like they are Arab," Swayd Abdullah, a student, told Reuters. Witnesses heard the sound of gunfire. Some southerners looted shops and attacked cars.

Shops closed and there was a heightened security presence in the streets, witnesses said.

(Reporting by Khaled Abdel-Aziz and Opheera McDoom)

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Sudan's SPLM names Salva Kiir as Garang's successor

NAIROBI, Aug 1 (Reuters) - The former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Monday named Salva Kiir to succeed its leader John Garang who died in a helicopter crash.

"The SPLM leadership and the SPLA military command joint meeting ... unanimously affirmed General Salva Kiir Mayardit as the chairman of the SPLM and commander in chief of the SPLA," SPLM's senior official Pagan Amun told reporters.

"Therefore he is the nominee to the position of the 1st vice president of the republic of Sudan and the president of the government of South Sudan."

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Top South Sudan ex-rebels meet to manage 'national crisis'

NEW SITE, Sudan, Aug 1 (AFP) - Top political and military officials of southern Sudan's former rebel group convened a crisis meeting Monday to elect a new leader following the death of Vice President John Garang.
Garang, who led of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) during its 21 year rebellion and then into a peace deal with the Khartoum government earlier this year, died over the weekend when his helicopter crashed.

"The purpose of the meeting is the management of a national crisis. We are mourning, but we have the courage

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Southern Sudanese riot in capital, 24 dead

By Khaled Abdel-Aziz
KHARTOUM, Aug 1 (Reuters) - At least 24 people were killed when thousands of southern Sudanese clashed with police in Khartoum on Monday after the death of former rebel leader John Garang, police officers and witnesses said.

"There are 24 bodies now in the hospital," one officer said at a hospital where bodies were brought in ambulances, public transport vehicles and police cars. Another police officer at the hospital gave the same figure for the number of dead.

A Reuters witness saw at least 12 bodies

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Sudanese government confirms death of Garang

Khartoum/Cairo (dpa) - The Sudanese government confirmed Monday the death of Vice President and former rebel leader John Garang in a helicopter crash, and called his loss "huge and painful''.

In an official statement monitored in Cairo, Khartoum said that the Sudanese presidency had received confirmation that the helicopter had crashed in the Amagong mountain range of southern Sudan.

The statement cited poor visibility conditions in the crash, "resulting in the death of Dr. John Garang, six of his companions and seven crew members''.

It said the Sudanese presidency will

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Sudanese government imposes curfew following rioting

Khartoum/Nairobi (dpa) - The Sudanese authorities imposed a dawn till dusk curfew in the wake of massive rioting Monday in the streets of Khartoum following the helicopter-crash death in southern Sudan of Vice President John Garang.
A number of people were killed or wounded in clashes between rioters and security forces in Khartoum, witnesses said.

Garang, 60, led the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement/Army, or SPLM/A, for 21 years before being appointed vice president in early July. The appointment was part of a peace deal

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More than 20 dead in riots in Sudanese capital: governor

KHARTOUM, Aug 1 (AFP) - More than 20 people were killed Monday in riots that erupted in the Sudanese capital following the official announcement of the death of Vice President and former rebel leader John Garang in a helicopter crash, the region's governor said.
"More than 20 people died in the riots while dozens of citizens were injured," Governor Abdel Halim al-Mutaafi said on the state-run Sudan television.

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In the wake of Garang's death, USCRI urges Sudan to remain focused on peace and development so refugees can return home

WASHINGTON DC, August 1, 2005 - The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) offers its condolences to the people of Sudan, and to southern Sudanese in particular, in the wake of Vice President John Garang De Mabior's tragic death. We urge the Sudanese government and leadership in the South to stay focused on implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) so that the nearly 500,000 southern Sudanese refugees remaining in neighboring countries can return home. "The best way to honor the memory of John Garang is for the Government of Sudan
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Analysis - Peace should survive death of south Sudan leader

By Jonathan Wright
CAIRO, Aug 1 (Reuters) - A peace agreement between the north and south of Sudan, signed in January and now coming into effect after 22 years of war, will probably survive the sudden death of veteran southern leader John Garang, analysts said on Monday.

Garang's Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) will endorse a new leader relatively quickly and will continue to work with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and the other northerners against whom they fought so long, they said.

But the departure of Garang could strengthen

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Lutheran World Relief affirms commitment to Sudan

Baltimore, August 1, 2005 - In light of today's tragic news about the death of John Garang, the recently sworn-in vice president of the new Sudanese government, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) offers its condolences and affirms its commitment to the people of Sudan, and to working toward a lasting peace in this conflict-torn nation.
Garang, who had been the leader of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement, the rebel movement in Southern Sudan, was a signatory to the Comprehensive Peace Accord that in January ended the 21-year strife between north and south. On July 9, he became the First
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Sudan: Garang death a "terrible blow" to peace process - analyst

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NAIROBI, 1 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - The death of John Garang, Sudan's newly sworn-in First Vice-President, is a "terrible blow" to Sudan's infant peace process, an analyst has told IRIN.

One of Africa's best-known political figures, Garang was killed in a helicopter crash near Uganda's border with Sudan on Saturday. He was trying to get back to his base in southern Sudan from a meeting with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.

The MI-72 helicopter belonging to the

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United Nations Sudan Situation Report 1 Aug 2005

Key Developments

The helicopter transporting First Vice-President John Garang from Uganda to New Site in southern Sudan lost contact in the early evening of 30 July. This morning the crash was confirmed and President Bashir announced the death of Garang.

Security Issues

West Darfur

Four armed men broke into the WES office in Geneina on 27 July and stole SD 300,000.

Thirty-five new families have arrived in Nertiti (Jebel Marra) from neighbouring Korgei since the beginning of July. The IDPs, who reportedly fled because of continuous harassment by

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UNICEF Southern Sudan Monthly Report Jul 2005

UNICEF STATEMENT

UNICEF Joins Sudan in Mourning John Garang

Urges Implementation of Peace Agreement for All Sudan's Children

NEW YORK, 1 August 2005 - UNICEF today joined the people and Government of Sudan in mourning the loss of Dr. John Garang, First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, following the announcement early Monday of his death in a helicopter crash.

"It is a cruel irony that after decades of war, and only weeks after Garang was sworn in as First Vice President, Sudan should be robbed of one of the architects of its historic

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Sudan: Darfur Humanitarian Profile No. 17 - Situation as of 01 Aug 2005


I. Affected Population -- trends and analysis
1. The total number of affected populations in Darfur continues to rise with the hunger season nearing its peak, and currently stands at almost 3.4 million people. On 1 August, resident populations constituted almost half of all affected people in Darfur. This steady increase in resident populations is due to four main factors: exhausted coping mechanisms of the local populations, seasonal conditions including drought in some areas, expanded humanitarian access to new areas, and increased operational capacity.

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Niger + 8 others
Hunger is spreading in Africa


Food aid is beginning to flow into Niger, where some 2.9 million people face food shortages.
By Abraham McLaughlin and Christian Allen Purefoy