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Sudan army misses redeployment date

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According to a recent report by State Department on International Religious Freedom, members of North Sudanese army stationed in South Sudan has been engaged in activities of converting Christians to Islam.

Thu Jan 3, 2008 Sudan (Reuters) – North Sudanese troops have missed a third deadline to fully redeploy from the south following over two decades of north-south civil war that ended in 2005, South Sudanese officials said on Thursday.

“The deadline is over, it was December 31,” Major General Elias Waya, from the former southern rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) said. “They have started moving already, but in very small numbers.”

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The conflict, fought over ideology and ethnicity and fuelled by oil, killed two million people and displaced four million. It is separate from the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region.

One major complaint was the failure of northern troops to quit the south by a July 9 date. Crisis talks first set a new date for December 15 and then moved the deadline to the end of 2007.

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Fighting between northern militias and the SPLA on the border killed dozens of people in late December. Acting SPLA spokesman James Hoth said the situation was now calm.

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