May 3, 2012

Sudan on the Brink

Irish Times, Irish Times

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THE IDEA that the major unresolved differences between Sudan and its seceding South Sudan provinces could be resolved amicably once the latter were granted independence last year was always the most pious of hopes. Even the line between the two states had not been agreed, let alone the much more vexed issue of how the north would be compensated for the $7 billion budget hole that the loss of its oil wells represented. And so, despite the new flag being hoist in Juba to great celebration, the fighting continued – north-south, and among the south’s querulous tribes.

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