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Abyei Dispute Between The Sudans Threatens Global Security – UN

epa03406848 (FILE) A file photo dated 08 October 2011 shows Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir (R) as he speaks with the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit (L), in Khartoum, Sudan. The African Union (AU) has urged Sudan and its seceded neighbour South Sudan on 22 September 2012 to reach a final deal on all remaining areas of dispute at a summit to take place in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 23 September 2012. The meeting between Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir comes a day after the expiration of a United Nations Security Council deadline for the conclusion of negotiations. The UN has threatened non-military sanctions should a deal not be reached. The two countries came close to war in April when they fought over the oil-rich Abyei region, which lies along their shared border. EPA/ASHRAF SHAZLY *** Local Caption *** 50070292 +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

The United Nations is concerned that international security is under threat due to controversy on Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan.

“The current situation in Abyei and along the border between the Sudan and South Sudan continues to constitute a serious threat to international peace and security,” the UN security council said in a statement.

Abyei region spans an area of about 4,000 square miles (10,500 square kilometers) and is disputed since Sudan split into two countries in 2011.

Occasional but deadly tensions have been reported in this region between the Arab Misseriya and Ngok Dinka peoples.

UN Security Counil issued the warning in a resolution that unanimously extended until mid-November the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, its peacekeeping mission there.

Almost the entire UNISFA contingent of more than 4,800 troops comes from Ethiopia.

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