"Sudan: Peace Talks Break Down," Africa Research Report, September 15, 1989.
“The first round of preliminary peace talks between Sudan’s new military junta and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army aimed at resolving the country’s six-year civil war, have broken over the thorny issue of Islamic sharia laws.”
During peace talks in Sudan, the SPLA demanded for abolition of sharia laws, which were implemented by Gen. Jaafar Numeiry in 1983, which was also a key reason the south revolted. The issue being faced now by the new government was how to create a constitution that would be accepted by all citizens. The leader of the SPLA, John Garang, attacked Bashir’s regime due to the connections with the Islamic powers and for its violations of human rights. He then suggested having a separate federal system for the north and the south; however, this idea had still not been brought up at the peace talks.
Even the military leaders were divided on how to run the country. However, both sides were preparing to fight for their own personal beliefs. With all this controversy and conflict, many critics stated that Sudan had a “grim outlook” if the junta were to come to complete power. With the north being as powerful as it was, it was definitely possible for southerners to be killed off and overpowered. The British paper, “The Independent” states, “It is hard to see how Sudan can survive if the fundamentalists win the power struggle in Khartoum.”