Khartoum — Representatives of Sudan and South Sudan at the level of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) are due to hold a meeting on 5 August to discuss matters relating to the security and humanitarian situation in the disputed region.
AJOC joint chair from the Sudanese side, Al-Khair Al-Faheem, said on Sunday that the meeting will discuss agendas of the humanitarian situation as well as the formation of the Abyei police service. He failed to mention where the meeting will take place but it is likely to be in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where negotiators from both sides have been engaged in separate talks regarding oil and security issues.
The AJOC was established as part of the 20 June 2011 agreement signed in Addis Ababa between the two countries to handle security-related matters in the region following the withdrawal of the Sudanese army from Abyei, which only happened in May this year after a year of occupation.
Thousands of Abyei residents fled their homes when Sudan seized the area in May 2011 in response to an attack by southern troops.
Abyei is now controlled by a UN force of Ethiopian peacekeepers mandated by Addis Ababa agreement to keep security in the region until
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