UN concerned about fresh clashes in Sudan

10:52, May 04, 2011      

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The United Nations has found 14 bodies in Sudan's oil-rich Abyei region, the apparent victims of the latest round of clashes in this disputed region of central Sudan, UN officials said here on Tuesday.

The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) dispatched patrols to Todach, the scene of reported fighting late on Monday, and discovered the bodies of 11 uniformed personnel and three civilians, the officials said.

The uniformed personnel were members of joint integrated units (JIUs) set up as part of efforts to implement the peace agreement that ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan, which comprised personnel from both Northern and Southern Sudan.

It remains unclear who was responsible for the killings, and the attacks are being investigated, said the UN officials.

UNMIS spokesman Kouider Zerrouk expressed his concern about the recent clashes and called on all concerned parties to "refrain from using violence."

Tensions have been high in Abyei for months as the area remains in dispute between the north and the south, which will formally separate in July.

A referendum on the future status of Abyei was supposed to be held in January, but never took place amid disputes over voter eligibility.

Source: Xinhua
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