Ethiopian plan accepted as Sudan agrees to withdraw troops from Abyei


Posted on June 14, 2011 08:44

Leaders from both North and South Sudan have agreed to withdraw their troops from the oil rich Abyei region after hours of talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, officials confirmed on Monday.

The two sides, South and North Sudanese officials, met in Addis Ababa on Sunday for a mini summit that aimed at finding a solution to the Abyei crisis.

Officials told journalists that the two countries have agreed to demilitarise the Abyei region and allow it to be controlled by foreign forces.

Ethiopia, which also mediated in the talks, earlier announced that it was ready to deploy its troops in Abyei.

According to Barney Afako, spokesman for the African Union High Level Panel on Sudan, the two sides have agreed to demilitarise Abyei region and accept Ethiopia’s offer for the deployment of troops.

“It will be a matter of days for Ethiopia to do that,” said Afako.

Afako, however, neither divulged any details with respect to when the Ethiopian troops will be deployed to the region nor the size of the deployment.

Afako said that details about the deployment of the troops, its mandate and finance issues will be discussed in the coming days by a joint task force, which will soon be establsihed to deal with such matters.

The AU High Level panel on Sudan is chaired by Thabo Mbeki, former South African president.

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