A former Southern Sudan militia leader currently serving as a general in Sudan’s army began talks with the semi-autonomous region’s leader to switch sides ahead of an independence referendum next year.
Southern Sudan , a semi-autonomous region that pumps most of Sudan’s crude, accused the government in Khartoum of switching payments of oil revenue to domestic currency from dollars in violation of a 2005 peace accord.
Southern Sudan ’s efforts to rebuild its agriculture industry following a 21-year civil war is being undermined by Uganda’s rebel Lord’s Resistance Army ransacking its most fertile farming area, the United Nations said.
Southern Sudan , which is scheduled to hold a referendum in January on whether to secede from Sudan, is acquiring 10 Russian helicopters that give the semi- autonomous region its first aerial capability.
Southern Sudan’s leaders are ready to reach an agreement with the government in the north to resolve a dispute over control of the Abyei border region without holding a referendum planned for the area, a senior official said.