Abyei rivals agree to end violence

An agreement between parties in north and south Sudan to end violence in the disputed oil-rich Abyei region has been welcomed by the United Nations Mission in Sudan.

Abyei, Sudan

The agreement was signed on Friday by the National Congress Party which governs the northern part of the country and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in charge of south Sudan.

Abyei did not hold a scheduled referendum on whether to be part of northern or southern Sudan because of the failure to establish a referendum commission and to agree on who could vote in January when the south seceded.

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed in recent clashes between forces of southern Sudan and militias which are allegedly supported by forces of the northern government.
UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

“Haile Menkerios, the Secretary-General Special Representative for Sudan, has welcomed the agreement reached last Friday by the National Congress Party and the Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. The parties agreed to jointly ensure security in the Abyei region. The agreement stresses the need to deploy joint security units to key locations around Abyei and monitor developments through a joint mechanism. It also demands the immediate withdrawal of all other forces from the Abyei area.”

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