Nuba Mountains part of the north: ex-rebels reportedly decide

Media Monitoring Report, 8 November 2007
(BBC Monitoring: Akhir Lahzah )

Members of the political bureau of the [former rebel] Sudan People's Liberation Movement [SPLM] and other leading SPLM members in the Nuba Mountains have concluded a closed-door meeting that was shrouded in
secrecy and held under tightened security measures at the SPLM HQ in Kawda southeast of Kadugli [in southern Kordofan].

During the meeting a number of recommendations and decisions were issued. Akhir Lahzah has learnt that the SPLM leadership in the Nuba Mountains has permanently settled the issue of the identity of the Nuba Mountains if Southern Sudan opts for separation.

Those meeting in Kawda reached the decision that the area of the Nuba Mountains is not part of the south, following discussions which extended from 27 October to 1 November. According to the peace agreement, the right of south Sudan to self-determination left the area with two options; to remain part of the north or to establish self governance.


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