North, south Sudan armies express commitment to protect oil production areas during, after referendum (2)

09:27, December 31, 2010      

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He pointed out that the joint forces would be the ones to secure the oil-rich area of Abyei and refuted that there were any tensions at the area which a referendum was to be conducted to decide its fate coincident with south Sudan referendum, set for Jan. 9, 2011.

According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), inked between north and south Sudan in January 2005, a joint force from north and south Sudan armies was formed under the command of a joint defense council that is affiliated to the Sudanese Presidency and formed of the two forces' Chief of Staffs and their deputies.

According to the CPA, the joint integrated units consisted of equal representation from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the SPLA during the interim period, provided that the joint integrated units should constitute a nucleus of post-referendum army of Sudan should the result of the referendum confirm unity, otherwise they would be dissolved and the component parts integrated into their respective forces.

Source: Xinhua
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