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UN council calls for Sudan agreement

2012-05-18 11:16

New York - The UN Security Council has called on Sudan and South Sudan to reach an agreement on the status of the disputed, oil-rich Abyei border region and extended the UN security force's mission there by six months.

The council passed a resolution on Thursday calling the situation a serious security threat and demanding the creation of a jointly administered Abyei police force.

The council demanded that Sudan withdraw all security forces from Abyei, following South Sudan's removal last week of about 700 police officers.

Last week, the council threatened non-military sanctions against both countries if they don't stop fighting and return to negotiations. The nations failed to meet a UN deadline to resume talks on Wednesday.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan last year.