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news - Arms Race Between Northern and Southern Sudan Escalates: New Report

october 2nd, 2009

"The armies of Northern and Southern Sudan have been engaging in an arms race since the signing of a peace agreement in 2005, according to a new report from the Small Arms Survey. The report comes amid growing tensions between the parties to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and fears of a return to North-South armed conflict. The report also notes the likelihood of additional weapons reaching armed groups and militias fomenting conflict in Darfur and within Southern Sudan.

'With ongoing violence in Southern Sudan and Darfur, and mounting tensions between the Northern and Southern governments, persisting arms flows should be a cause for great concern in the international community,' said Eric Berman, Small Arms Survey Managing Director."

MORE: "Arms race between Northern and Southern Sudan escalates: New report" (ReliefWeb)

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