Northern and southern Sudan agree to guard oil during vote

AP, Tuesday 7 Dec 2010

A top official in Southern Sudan says security officials from the north and south will jointly guard oil installations before and after January's referendum

A top official in Southern Sudan says security officials from Sudan's north and south will jointly guard oil installations before and after the south's January independence referendum.

Minister of Internal Affairs Maj Gen Gier Chuang Aluong said Tuesday that the oil facilities will be guarded by a joint north-south military unit and by southern police and security agents.

Southern Sudan votes 9 Jan. whether to secede from the north. Most of Sudan's oil is in the south, a major issue surrounding the vote.

Aluong says the security decision came Monday during a meeting between top north-south officials.

He says oil workers, many of whom are foreigners, had been nervous about security surrounding the vote.

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