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Vol 52 No 14

Published 8th July 2011


Abyei in limbo

Ethiopia’s peacekeepers will face heavy scrutiny as Khartoum and Juba differ over Abyei and the still undemarcated border

The Abyei Agreement signed by the Khartoum regime and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Addis Ababa on 20 June offers no respite for the more than 150,000 people chased from their homes by Northern troops and allied militias six weeks ago. The agreement certainly offers no resolution to the final status of the Abyei area (AC Vol 52 No 13, Blood and oil). Instead, it lays down yet another set of security arrangements, adding an Abyei Joint Oversight Committee to an Abyei Protocol framework. It took the United Nations Security Council a week to establish, on 27 June, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which will be staffed by Ethiopian troops.

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