Sudanese peace pact important but not enough

Sudan took a step toward the 20th Century Jan. 9 with the signing of an agreement halting 22 years of civil war.Real peace would satisfy a condition for continued progress toward the country's very achievable status as a major exporter of crude oil (OGJ, Oct. 27, 2003, p. 46).Many oil companies have found Sudan alluring, achieved some degree of success, then left because of the threat of violence or under pressure from human rights groups.Total SA, which suspended its Sudanese operations in 1985, said recently it wouldn't resume work there until assured of security (OGJ, Jan. 10, p. 33). So a lush petroleum resource remains greatly underdeveloped. And a country with the potential ...

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