The United States has introduced a U.N. resolution that would authorize a 4,200-strong Ethiopian peacekeeping force to deploy to Sudan's disputed Abyei region, recently the scene of heavy fighting.
U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said the resolution will support an agreement signed Monday by the Khartoum-based government in the north and the government of South Sudan to demilitarize the contested border region near major oil fields that both the north and south claim.
Rice said Thursday that the two parties requested the 4,200 Ethiopian troops be deployed under U.N. auspices.
She called for the resolution's swift adoption by the Security Council.