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Associated Press: US Envoy Says World Must Push For Peace in Sudan. President Barack Obama's special envoy to Sudan said Tuesday that the world must make urgent efforts to help the African country fully apply the terms of a 2005 peace accord that ended a 22-year civil war between the northern and southern parts of the country. Scott Gration met with officials from the south's Sudan People's Liberation Movement and from the north's ruling National Congress Party at a conference in Washington that also drew representatives from more than 32 countries and organizations. The Obama administration hopes Tuesday's conference will rekindle international support for implementing the peace deal. The United States wants the parties to settle spats over elections, a census, passage of security laws, wealth-sharing, disagreement over the future of Abyei, an oil-rich area at the disputed border, and preparations for after the referendum.

The Washington Post: White House Boosts Effort to Salvage North-South Peace in Sudan. The Obama administration stepped up its efforts yesterday to salvage a four-year-old peace accord for Sudan, convening officials from 32 countries and international organizations amid fears that Africa's longest-running civil war could resume. The conference came after years in which the world's attention was focused on a separate Sudanese conflict, in the western region of Darfur. In the meantime, implementation of the agreement ending the country's north-south fight has lagged. "Time is urgent. It's time to move forward," retired Air Force Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration, the U.S. special envoy to Sudan, urged officials who packed a conference room at Washington's Park Hyatt hotel. Luka Biong Deng, a member of the southern Sudan delegation, said yesterday's conference was "a major achievement by the special envoy." However, he indicated that deep distrust remains toward the government led by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

BBC: Arbitration Deal on Sudan's Oil. Agreement was reached in Washington at talks mediated by US President Barack Obama's envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration. Both sides said they would accept a ruling due next month from the Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The dispute, over the region of Abyei, threatens a peace deal signed four years ago to end a 22-year civil war. At stake is control of a large part of the country's oil wealth.

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