Sudan is preparing to rule on the borders of a major oil producing region this week (planned announcement July 22nd). And some political analysts fear conflict over the major economic source in Abyei will negate peace treaty efforts and spark violence throughout the country.
But the source for 92.6% of Sudan’s export revenue is based in oil fields which are located in the Southern half of the country.
And these fields were not discovered till after the 1972 peace agreement was signed.
The peace agreement also granted the South autonomy and its own government while also incorporating the southern guerilla movement into the national army.
According to the peace treaty Southern Sudan has two years before it will vote on whether it wants to remain a part of its more colonially influenced northern half.
This weekend there was a build-up of southern troops close to Abyei, according to the United Nations .
Reuters says the Southern Sudan is denying the accusation.