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Ethiopian Peacekeepers Arrive in Sudan’s Disputed Abyei Region

July 19, 2011

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- About 1000 Ethiopian peacekeepers have arrived in Abyei, a region disputed by Sudan and newly independent South Sudan, Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled said.

The Sudanese army will withdraw from the region when the Ethiopian peacekeepers are fully deployed in Abyei, Khaled said today by phone from Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.

The United Nations Security Council voted on June 27 to deploy 4,200 Ethiopian soldiers to Abyei, to allow the withdrawal of forces from Sudan and South Sudan. A week before the two sides agreed to pull out their forces.

Sudan’s army seized the main town in Abyei on May 21 after accusing southern security forces of attacking its troops.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maram Mazen in Khartoum at

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