“The United Nations and the United States on Monday called the death of former Sudanese rebel leader John Garang a loss for the country and urged all factions to carry out the peace process he began.

The United Nations, which has sent troops to implement a landmark agreement in southern Sudan, helped retrieve Garang’s body from a helicopter that crashed on Sunday while en route home from Uganda, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

“He is larger than life, rather charismatic and believed in his mission with all his being,” Annan told reporters. “He lived and fought for his dream. And just as he was on the verge of it, he lost his life.” [More]

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