JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The presidents of South Sudan and Sudan say they are working to maintain peace between the two countries.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir met in South Sudan's capital on Tuesday.
A joint statement said the two agreed to expedite the establishment of a joint or independent governing body in the contested border region of Abyei. They also agreed to start coordinating on ways to help people and goods move across border points. The two also agreed to stop supporting and harboring rebel movements in either country.
An African Union panel mediating talks between the countries last year proposed a referendum to be held in Abyei this month to determine which country the region would join.
South Sudan voted to break away from Sudan in 2011.