Agreement on Abyei signed by north and South Sudan

Unidentified armed men walking past the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) camp in Abyei

A deal has been signed over the disputed region of Abyei, as north and South Sudan continue to clash.

South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating between the two sides says the deal provides for the demilitarization of Abyei, with Sudanese military and other forces withdrawing and Ethiopian peacekeepers deploying there.

"That would expedite the process of the return of the displaced people to their areas and therefore improve the possibility to address all humanitarian matters and of course it would also bring to an end this threat of violence and actual violence in the areas."

A referendum over whether Abyei would stay with the north or be part of South Sudan, which is scheduled to get its independence in July, was postponed

At issue, who is eligible to vote in Abyei. The region's Ngok Dinka people, consider themselves southerners, but Misseriya nomads are supported by the north.

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