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Vol 47 No 25

Published 15th December 2006


The Southern front reopens

Fighting between Khartoum's soldiers and the Juba government presages a new crisis in the South

For three days at the end of November, the Sudan People's Liberation Army (now the armed forces of the Government of South Sudan) and Khartoum's Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) fought one another in the Upper Nile capital of Malakal. Despite skirmishes between the two since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 9 January 2005, this was a new level of confrontation with a strategic purpose: Khartoum's continuing support for Southern militias is designed to create instability in the South and undermine the GOSS. To formulate a strategy, President of the GOSS and SPLA leader Salva Kiir Mayardit has commenced talks.

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