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UN troops to keep peace in Sudan's Abyei region

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UN troops to keep peace in Sudan's Abyei region


The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to send a 4,200-strong Ethiopian peacekeeping force to Sudan’s disputed Abyei region. It said it was “deeply concerned” about the current situation and violence.

Northern and southern Sudan have been fighting for control of Abyei. Both sides have pledged to pull their troops out.

Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the UN, said that “as a result of this resolution, the Sudanese Armed Force will be re-deployed, also the SPLA forces will be re-deployed. The whole area will be demilitarized and then the Ethiopian presence there is interim.”

The central African nation officially splits in two on July 9, but ultimate control over Abyei has still to be decided.

The south voted to secede from the north in a referendum in January. The ballot was part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) aimed at ending the long-running civil war.

But the dispute over Abyei has lead to renewed fighting in the region since May, forcing thousands to flee as their villages were looted and razed to the ground.

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