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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.

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