Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan: Agreement Reached To Establish Demilitarized Zone


Sudan and South Sudan agreed June 5 to unconditionally withdraw their forces from disputed border regions to create a demilitarized zone that will stretch 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north and south of the border, Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid said June 5, Xinhua reported, citing Khartoum's Al-Sahafa newspaper. Hamid added that both parties agreed to the zone and its monitoring mechanisms, and that overcoming security barriers would help resolve other issues. South Sudan's ambassador in Addis Ababa confirmed the agreement.

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