Sudan to redraw borders in conflict-hit oil region

December 20, 2012 19:32


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KHARTOUM - Sudan will re-draw the borders in its main oil-producing region, state media said on Thursday, a move which could anger rebels fighting in the remote territory bordering South Sudan.

The change will create a West Kordofan state, which would likely cover an area containing many of the area's oilfields and dominated by largely pro-government Arab nomads.

The government did not provide maps of the new territory.

But it was likely areas left outside West Kordofan would include the underdeveloped Nuba Mountains, home to non-Arab ethnic minorities, many of whom have provided fighters for rebel forces seeking to overthrow the Khartoum government.

No one was immediately available for comment from the region's main rebel group SPLM-North.

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