Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sudanese Forces to Withdraw from Abyei Region as Ethiopian Army takes its position

Sudan’s army seized the main town in Abyei on May 21 after accusing Southern Sudan’s security forces of attacking its troops. The south is due to become independent on July 9. Fighting in Abyei and the northern Sudanese border state of Southern Kordofan has raised concern of a return to the two- decade civil war in sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest oil producer that ended in 2005. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon backed the agreement in a statement released in New York and said both sides to the conflict should “establish an administration and police service and to provide their full cooperation to the United Nations and government of Ethiopia in deploying peacekeeping troops and police to the area.” Read more…

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