Defence: South Sudan - the challenge

Both north and south Sudan claim ownership of Abyei, a region which straddles the proposed border (photo: dpa)
Both north and south Sudan claim ownership of Abyei, a region which straddles the proposed border (photo: dpa)

South Sudan has been chosen as the name of what will be Africa's and the world's newest country when it comes into existence on July 9, 2011. Negotiations are under way with the north of Sudan about how to go forward with the partition, but many challenges lie ahead, says GIS expert, Professor Jaime Pinto.

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THE world’s newest nation emerges on July 9 after 50 years of intermittent civil war which has torn Sudan apart and cost 1.5 million lives.

Christian and animist black south Sudan made it clear in January’s referendum it wanted full independence from the Arab - led and Muslim north with almost 99 per cent of the 3.9 ...

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