Sudan: Four die in Abyei rebels' clashes

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Four fighters of the Darfur rebel movements have been killed and others wounded in clashes in the contested Abyei region, according to the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA).

In a statement carried by the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) Thursday, UNIFSA quoted Hassan Ali Nimir, head of the Sudanese side in Abyei Oversight Committee (AOC), as saying he had complained to the UNISFA Commander on the presence of Darfur rebel and SPLM-N movements in Abyei, which he said was a violation of an agreement concluded by the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments.

He said the Commander had pledged to order those rebels to leave the contested region.

Abyei is an oil-rich triangle being contested by Sudan and South Sudan. The final status of the area is left out of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between Khartoum and the then rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army of South Sudan.

Well after the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the two sides have yet to find a solution to the thorny issues of the region, as it involves tribal groups that form a continuum from south to the north and from the north to the south.

The UN and the African Union agreed to establish a peace keeping force, UNISFA, to prevent frictions in the contested area.
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05 march 2015 12:32:22

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