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Sudan's Bashir urges end to violence

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KHARTOUM, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Wednesday urged Sudanese to halt violence which has flared up since the death of southern leader John Garang and said he had ordered measures to protect lives and property. "I urge all the good people among you to bury the strife," Bashir said in a televised address.

He said he had ordered provincial governors "to take the security and administrative steps which guarantee and guard the lives of citizens and their livelihood and property."

The Red Cross said at least 84 people had died in violence in Khartoum since the death at the weekend of Garang, a former southern rebel leader recently appointed Sudan's first vice president.

Bashir said he had issued a decree establishing a joint committee with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, which Garang headed, to investigate the helicopter crash which killed him.

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