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International Rescue Committee
AUGUST 1, 2005
3:18 PM

CONTACT: International Rescue Committee

Tragic Death of Sudanese Vice President John Garang
WASHINGTON - August 1 - The International Rescue Committee, which has been providing humanitarian assistance in Sudan for more than two decades, is deeply distressed over the sudden death of John Garang, head of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the newly inaugurated vice president of the country.

Garang, killed in a helicopter crash over the weekend, was a critical leader in forging the peace agreement signed in January 2005, which ended the brutal 21-year north-south civil war in Sudan.

“It’s vital that this tragic event not damage the peace process, nor undermine the positive developments toward peace so far undertaken by the two sides,” says George Rupp, who met with Garang in June while on a trip to Sudan with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

The International Rescue Committee will continue its work with war-affected Sudanese across the country, to support their recovery, meet urgent needs, improve basic services, strengthen communities and civil society, and promote human rights.

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