Sudanese President Jaafar A1-Nimeiry recently concluded a 10-day tour of southern Sudan where he explained a now agreement to give the area regional autonomy.
LV PAN FROM Al-Nimoiry stepping out of helicopter to crows waving
SV A1-Nimoiry walks forward to greet crowd
CU & SV Excited crowd running along-side truck carrying A1-Nimeiry (5 shots)
SV A1-Nimoiry (centre) waves to crowd
LV A1-Nimoiry waving to crowd from helicopter door as he arrives at another town
LV & SV Children wave as A1-Nimoiry raises his hat on his cane (3 shots)
SCU A1-Nimoiry wearing tribal head dress
SV Tribal dancers
LV & CU A1-Nimoiry waves to crowd from land rover (5 shots)
GV PAN & SV Crowd surrounds A1-Nimoiry as he holds tribal spear and shield
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Background: Sudanese President Jaafar A1-Nimeiry recently concluded a 10-day tour of southern Sudan where he explained a now agreement to give the area regional autonomy.
For 16 years the African regions of southern Sudan have been fighting against what they consider as domination by the Arab north.
The agreement President A1-Nimeiry sought to explain was reached by both sides in talks held last month in Addis Ababa. It allows southerners to establish a People's Council to legislate on all regional activities. Another provision grants amnesty to all secessionists.
Since the talks in Addis Ababa, the commander of the Southern Sudanese forces has ordered a ceasefire against the north, though the official date for this is March 22.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier this month, President A1-Nimeiry made a 10-day tour of southern Sudan to explain an agreement which could and Africa's longest conflict. As he travelled from town to town by helicopter, the President received enthusiastic welcomes from southern inhabitants who, for the last 16 years, have been fighting against what they feel has been domination by the Arab north. But now an agreement, reached by both sides in Addis Ababa last month, could bring the bloodshed in Sudan to an end and provide the south with its much-desired autonomy from the north.
The President told southerners that in future they'll be able to legislate on local matters through the establishment of a regional People's Council. Although Arabic would remain as Sudan's official language, President A1-Nimeiry said English and local languages would be used in the south.
President A1-Nimeiry delighted the crowds when he decided to wear a local tribal head-dress. Local dancers celebrated the Sudane??s Leader's presence.
The leader of the southern Sudanese rebels, Major General Joseph Lagu said he accepts the regional autonomy agreement in principle. He said he trust the good faith of President A1-Nimeiry in seeing that its terms are carried out. General Lagu has ordered a ceasefire effective March 22. Both sides are scheduled to formally ratify the agreement at another meeting in Addis Ababa on March 27. There are reports, however, that General Lagu wants the next meeting called a negotiating session rather than a ratification ceremony. And he indicted in Nairobi earlier this month that he might refuse to meet with President A1-Nimeiry unless the terms of meeting are amended to his favour.