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Vol 52 No 11

Published 27th May 2011


Fighting for Abyei

Bombing and looting on the North-South border this week may undermine Sudan’s formal partition in July

The Khartoum regime’s all-out military attack on and occupation of the strategic region of Abyei is part of its hardening policy in the lead-up to Southern Sudan’s independence on 9 July. After Northern troops had burned down most of Abyei town and driven out over 20,000 people, President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir insisted on 24 May that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) would not leave, in blatant contravention of 2005’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

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