The Sudanese government has opposed a United Nations plan to send new troops to the north-south border without its consent. The proposed move comes after a request by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who was concerned the North was preparing for war, BBC reports.

Tension has been rising ahead of January’s referendum on Southern Sudan’s independence. A U.N. panel warned that the referendum is being hampered by delays, poor financing and a “negatively charged atmosphere” of threats and accusations, Reuters reports.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.