The 21-year conflict between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) devastated a significant part of the vast African nation and took a heavy toll on its people. More than two million people died, four million were uprooted and some 600,000 people sought shelter beyond Sudan’s borders as refugees before the war was brought to an end with the signing of the CPA four years ago.In a statement issued today, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) commended the parties to the CPA for their achievements to date including the maintenance of the ceasefire. “Accomplishments and challenges over the past year such as the conduct of the Census and ongoing concerted efforts to restore normalcy in Abyei have reminded all of us of how vital partnership and mutual trust are to sustained and full implementation of the CPA and of how vital the CPA is to the peace process and to the people of Sudan,” the Mission stated.“Now, as implementation of the CPA enters another year, the milestones ahead ranging from elections and border demarcation to the launch of the DDR [disarmament, demobilization and reintegration] process will require the redoubled commitment of both the parties and the international community,” it added. The Mission said it stands ready to continue assisting the parties and the people of Sudan in fulfilling these commitments and achieving full and effective implementation of all aspects of the CPA. 9 January 2009While commending the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan for the progress achieved so far, the United Nations today marked the fourth anniversary of the signing of the pact by urging them to redouble their efforts on key goals such as elections and border demarcation.