Nine Killed in Southern Sudan Clashes, Al-Bashir
Warns of Instability
Nine killed in southern Sudan clashes
Press TV, Sat Jan 8, 2011 4:37PM
A village in south Sudan's Mayom district At least nine people have
been killed and several others were wounded in southern Sudan on the eve
of a landmark referendum in the troubled region.
took place between two rebel groups and Sudanese soldiers in Unity
Over two dozen rebels have been arrested since clashes
erupted on Friday. The violence comes ahead of the referendum in
southern Sudan on Sunday in which around four million southerners are
expected to vote in favor or against secession from northern Sudan.
President Omar al-Bashir has warned that southern Sudan is not ready
for independence and could face instability. He has however promised to
accept the referendum's result.
Reports say al-Bashir has been
under intense pressure from the United State to ensure the vote goes
ahead on schedule to avoid returning to civil war.
expected on January 15th. The referendum is part of a 2005 peace deal
that ended the country's bloody civil war.
This is while a
senior Sudanese official says the US and Israel were playing a key role
in sowing seeds of discord and fueling the country's civil war and the
unrest in its south.
“The Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad,
is likely to be escalating the conflict,” Sudanese Ambassador to Tehran
Suleiman Abdel Towab told Press TV on last Sunday.
added Israel sees his country as a threat as Sudan is an Islamic state
and very popular in Africa.
“Sudan is like a bridge between
Africans, Arabs and Muslims, So Israel and the US seek to control the
Sudanese government and impose sanctions on it,” he said.
country was plagued by a civil war for 16 years before a truce between
the government forces and the rebels in the south in 2005.
Al-Bashir warns of instable south Sudan
Press TV, Sat Jan 8, 2011 9:36AM
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir
has warned that south Sudan will likely face insatiability, in the event
it gains independence from the north.
Speaking to al-Jazeera TV
network on Friday, Bashir expressed concerns about possible instability
in the south following the voting, saying that the south may not have
the ability to cope with many problems.
"The stability of the
south is very important to us because any instability in the south will
have an impact on the north. If there is a war in your neighbor's house,
you will not be at peace," he said.
"The south suffers from many
problems. It's been at war since 1959. The south does not have the
ability to provide for its citizens or create a state or authority."
Earlier on Tuesday upon his arrival in the southern capital Juba, he
promised that he would welcome the result of the upcoming referendum,
whatever it may be.
Reports say Bashir has been under intense
pressure from the United State to ensure the vote goes ahead on schedule
to avoid returning to civil war.
In the week-long referendum in
Sudan, which begins on Sunday, some four million southerners will get to
vote in favor or against secession from northern Sudan.
referendum is being held as part of the 2005 peace deal that ended two
decades of civil war. According to the deal, at least 60 percent of
registered voters must cast ballots for the result to be valid.
Results are expected on January 15th.
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