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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sudan pulls troops from disputed Abyei region, United Nations says

Juba, South Sudan (CNN) -- Sudan has withdrawn its soldiers from Abyei, a disputed border region also claimed by South Sudan, but has left police officers, the United Nations peacekeeping mission said Wednesday.

"The mission has confirmed the full withdrawal of the SAF from Abyei area yesterday," said Josephine Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, referring to the Sudan Armed Forces. "Armed police forces are still in the area."

South Sudan's army spokesman, Philip Aguer, said he is "skeptical" that Sudan has truly pulled troops out.

He said he had received reports that the Sudan Armed Forces left two platoons of soldiers dressed in police uniforms in Abyei town, and that two battalions remain about 40 miles away in Diffra, which is the only oil field inside the disputed territory. Read More