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South Sudan accuses north army of fresh attacks
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Dec 7, 2010 - 7:55:18 AM


South Sudan accuses north army of fresh attacks

Tue Dec 7, 2010 2:35pm GMT

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan's main party accused the north of fresh bombing attacks on its territory on Monday and Tuesday, saying Khartoum was trying to take the country back to war and wreck an independence referendum.

"The government of Sudan and the (north's dominant) National Congress Party has continued bombing south Sudan especially in Western Bahr al-Ghazal from yesterday up to today and also they continue to bomb Northern Bahr al-Ghazal," the secretary general of the south's dominant Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Pagan Amum told reporters.

"It is clear that the National Congress Party is implementing a plan to take Sudan back to war so to avoid ... the conduct of the referendum on self-determination."

The people of Sudan's oil-producing south are just over a month away from the scheduled start of a January 9 referendum on whether to declare independence or stay part of Sudan, a vote promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of north-south civil war.

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