Eight killed in tribal conflict in south Sudan's Jonglei state

09:25, May 19, 2011      

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Eight people were killed in a tribal conflict in Jonglei state in south Sudan in the newest wave of disputes among the tribes of the region, which is preparing to be officially declared independent on coming July 9.

"A dispute over cows between Murle and Nuer tribes has led to killing of eight people at Iyod county in Kwatchdeng area in Jonglei state in south Sudan," Kuol Manyang Juuk, Governor of Jonglei state, told Xinhua Wednesday.

"The fighting is still continuing. We have sent police units but they could not deal with the incident as these units lack enough capabilities," he said.

He went on saying that "I have asked the government of southern Sudan to assist in ending this dispute, but there is no response until now. I have also called on the members of the state's legislative council and the Sultans to cooperate with the state government to end such disputes which the state has been suffering from since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). "

South Sudan is suffering from increasing clashes among its population groups, which prompts concerns over the future of the region.

On Jan. 9, 2011, overwhelming majority of the southern Sudanese have voted for separation of the region in a self-determination referendum stipulated by the CPA, inked between north and south Sudan in 2005.

Observers believed that the reason behind the increasing violence in south Sudan was still unclear, but they cited many reasons including cattle stealing, tribal conflict, disputes over natural resources and internal disputes within the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA).

Source: Xinhua
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