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01 Dec 2009 description

The peace agreement leading to elections next year in Sudan is at a critical point and desperately needs international pressure to make it work.

That's the message of the Episcopal Church of Sudan in a statement issued yesterday that is both sober and urgent in tone.

The comprehensive peace agreement that brought and end to decades of civil war in 2005 is on the brink of collapse due to arguments over the law governing the referendum scheduled for 2011 (when the South will vote on whether to secede from the North) and over North/South borders.