Saturday, March 12, 2011

South Sudan suspends talks with Khartoum, accuses North of trying to overthrow fledgling government

South Sudan has announced it will suspend talks with Khartoum about its planned secession in July after accusing Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, of plotting to overthrow the new government in the south.

Pagan Amum Okiech, secretary-general of Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM), told Al Jazeera on Saturday that the south would suspend talks with Bashir's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) about plans for the secession.

“The ruling National Congress Party [NCP] of Sudan is recruiting, arming, financing and deploying militias in South Sudan with the aim to destabilise the South,” he said.

“We have detailed information and documents showing the NCP and various institutions of government like military intelligence in Khartoum, so-called peace advisory council and or national security involved in arming, financing and training militias in South Sudan." (read more)