Well, as a cynic you could say that the US government is conducting murder in Iraq as well - so why do business with them? But that´s political and doesn´t belong here - for that there is an Off-topic Forum. We should never forget that usually moral comes after business - and that´s the case for companies from both sides of the Atlantic.
Back to the point: Sudan and the southern Sudan provinces just weeks ago signed a peace accord for the first time in decades, and except for the Dafur province it appears to be quite calm in Sudan.
Even though the article says "new aircraft" it doesn´t necessarily mean factory fresh planes. A 5 year old 320 is still a "new" aircraft. I guess we´re talking here about a mix of A320 and 330s, maybe 5 + 1. Airbus must think that cancelling the debt is making sense to them, otherwise they wouldn´t cancelled it. Maybe they don´t think that they will ever get this "old" money due to contractual issues, and they think it is better to have a fresh start than to sit on an old pile of debt they will never get. We will never know it...
[Edited 2005-02-10 16:06:42]