UN urges Sudan, South Sudan to pull out of Abyei border region
Jan 30, 2012, 16:22 GMT
New York - The United Nations Monday called for Sudan and South Sudan to withdraw their security forces and police from the border region of Abyei because they interfered with the return of war-displaced people and nomadic migration.
A report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, which was being discussed by the Security Council, said armed troops from Khartoum and police from South Sudan continued to remain in Abyei contrary to a June agreement between the two sides to defuse tensions in the border region.
'The effective implementation of various agreements signed by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan hinges on building trust and confidence between them,' the report said.
The UN has deployed more than 3,700 peacekeepers to Abyei to monitor the implementation of the June agreement. Both Sudan and South Sudan compete for Abyei's rich oil resources.
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