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Clashes in Sudan Kill Scores in Oil-Rich South

Monday, 07 Feb 2011 11:14 AM

Fighting among Sudanese government troops in Upper Nile state killed as many as 55 people, the state minister of information, Peter Lam Both, said.

Three days of clashes, which began in the state capital, Malakal, on Feb. 3, spread to bases in Paloich, Melut and Maban, Both said today by phone. Among the dead were 11 civilians, he said.

The fighting broke out when some southern soldiers in the northern army refused orders to move to northern Sudan, Bartholomew Pakwan Abwol, the state director general of information, said on Feb. 4 by phone from Malakal. Upper Nile is one of 10 states in oil-rich Southern Sudan, which voted for independence from the north in a referendum last month.

“The situation in Malakal is quiet, things went back to normal,” Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled said by phone from Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.

The clashes in Paloich didn’t affect the operations of Petrodar Operating Co., which is partly owned by China National Petroleum Corp. and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd., according to Philip Aguer, spokesman for Southern Sudan’s army. Paloich is also the starting point for an oil pipeline from Southern Sudan to the Port of Sudan on the Red Sea.

At independence in July the south will assume control of almost three-quarters of Sudan’s current oil production of 490,000 barrels a day, the third-biggest in sub-Saharan Africa.

The referendum was the centerpiece of a 2005 peace accord that ended a civil war which lasted almost 50 years, except for a cease-fire from 1972 to 1983, between the Muslim north and the south, where Christianity and traditional religions dominate. About 2 million people died in the second phase of the conflict.


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