UN peacekeeping chief urges Sudan negotiations

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 3:32 PM
UN peacekeeping chief urges Sudan negotiations

The U.N. peacekeeping chief says it's "absolutely essential" that Sudan and South Sudan return to the negotiating table to prevent further violence along their disputed border.

Herve Ladsous told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that troops remain on both sides of the border, the world's newest international boundary, in violation of a June 20 agreement.

That agreement between the north and south was meant to demilitarize the region and allow U.N. peacekeepers to deploy.

The Security Council in late June authorized Ethiopian peacekeeping troops to deploy for six months in the oil-rich Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan. The U.N. action followed violence in Abyei that forced some 110,000 people to flee.