Sudan: UN helps investigation into Garang’s death
Sudan: UN mission to help with investigation into Garang’s death
The Sudanese Government has asked the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) to help with the investigation into the helicopter crash that took the life of former southern rebel leader and first Vice-President John Garang.
The UN mission says it will provide transportation and other logistical support for the investigation into the 30 July crash which killed Mr. Garang, who was returning from Uganda and a meeting with its President Yoweri Museveni.
Mr. Garang, who steered the
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) through a
two-decade battle against the northern Government, had been
instrumental in securing a January peace accord, which ended
Africa's longest-running conflict and led to the swearing in
of a national unity Government in July. His death, which
occurred just three weeks after he took office as First
Vice-President, sparked days of rioting in Khartoum and the
southern part of the country.