Following the virtually unanimous decision to divide Sudan later this year little international attention has been devoted to the continuing discord in the proposed southern state. Fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and militia groups formerly linked to Khartoum has caused up to 1000 deaths and resulted in the displacement of somewhere in the region of 100,000 people. Yesterday around 1,300 men under the warlord Gabriel Tang surrendered peacefully to the SPLA and once again submitted to amalgamating with the new southern armed forces. Other rebel groups, however, have vowed to continue fighting and it remains to be seen how the Southern Sudan President, Salva Kiir, will respond to these ongoing threats.
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