Tensions Mount as South Sudan Becomes Country

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Continued fighting and land disputes in Sudan may threaten the upcoming peaceful separation of the African country.

An oil-rich South Sudan is slated to secede July 9 to become the world's newest country. The president of the U.N. Security Council said Tuesday he expects a ministerial meeting on July 13 to recommend that South Sudan be admitted as the 193rd member of the United Nations.

But all eyes are on the border region and the South Kordofan state, as violence and tension continues to grow there.

Many fear the hostility could lead to an international conflict or civil war between North and South Sudan. An estimated 73,000 people have been displaced since fighting began a few weeks ago.

South Kordofan is home to the Nuba Mountains. Forces aligned with South Sudan have repeatedly skirmished with northern troops as southern independence approaches.

Humanitarian access is worsening across Sudan and human rights abuses are increasing, according to the Enough Project, a group that monitors genocide and human rights abuses in the region.

CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane and Jonathan Hutson, director of communications for the Enough Project,, discussed the conflicts in the South Kordofan capital of Kadugli, the Nuba Mountain range and the northern government's attempts at destabialzation as southern independence gets closer on the CBN News Midday News, July 6.

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