South Sudan accuses Khartoum of arming rebels, again

2011-02-16 13:07

Juba, Sudan – The leader of South Sudan’s ruling political party is again condemning Sudan’s Khartoum-based government for arming southern rebels and attempting to destabilise the south before it secedes in July.

Pagan Amum accused Khartoum today of supplying southern warlord Gabriel Tanginye with arms on the last day of the South’s January 9-15 independence referendum.

That vote passed overwhelmingly and set South Sudan on course to split from the north in July.

Tanginye was backed by Khartoum during the 1983-2005 north-south civil war, rejoined the southern army late last year and has now realigned with the north.

Khartoum has used militia leaders to undermine stability in South Sudan and the western region of Darfur for years.

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