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Omar al Bashir, Sudan's president, recently sent a strong message asserting the south's legitimate right to hold its self-determination referendum on January 9 and ensured security for both sides in case unrest over disputes erupts.
But main opposition leaders in Khartoum, the capital, have expressed fears over a separation, saying it will not bring any good for either side.
Mohammed Adow reports.
[January 5, 2011]