Government and SPLM reach agreement on Abyei

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)

Khartoum,  (Sudanow)- The government and the Sudan people liberation movement SPLM) have reached a 5- point agreement stipulating a pullout of the two to below the January first 1956 borders, formation of a new administration, consent Abyei is a northern area, and a deployment of Ethiopian forces in the area.

According to the Sudan News Agency and the Sudan Media Centre, the two sides , the government of Sudan and the Sudan People Liberation Movement SPLM have signed an agreement in Addis Ababa, detailing provisional arrangements for the administration of Abyei area.

The agreement stipulates that the SPLM army should be withdrawn south of the 1956 borderline while the Sudan Armed Forces should be stationed north of the 1956 borderlines, while Ethiopian force will be brought to fill the vacuum left by the pull out of the two Sudanese sides.

The two sides have also agreed to form a new administration to run the area and would confine itself for provision of services to the civilians there.

The agreement, according to the SMC, stipulates that the area remains a northern Sudan region until a referendum is conducted or a remedy is reached for the question.

 "the Government of Sudan welcomes the agreement and hope the SPLM would deal with the agreement with a spirit of responsibility and with respect for agreements concluded" the government spokesman Kamal Obied was quoted by the Sudan Media Centre as saying in Khartoum .

"We as government have been taking the lead and have consented to the agreement without any preconditions" the Minister of Information, Obaid stressed.


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