Sudanese forces pull out of Abyei

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Posted: Sep 08, 2011 6:40 PM
Sudanese forces pull out of Abyei

Assistant U.N. peacekeeping chief Edmond Mulet says government troops from Sudan's Arab north and the south's Sudan People's Liberation Movement will soon pull out of the contested region of Abyei.

The pullout comes as Ethiopian peacekeepers begin moving in for a temporary assignment to demilitarize the region, with 1,700 of 4,200 peacekeepers now in place.

Mulet told reporters after a closed Security Council meeting about Sudan on Thursday that the two sides agreed in Addis Ababa earlier Thursday to pull out of the region between Sept. 11 and 30. The council has authorized the deployment of the Ethiopian force for six months.

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