Abyei — The United States’ Ambassador to South Sudan, Susan Page, visited Abyei, a key fertile oil-producing area that is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan on Tuesday.
The status of the area is one of the main issues still to be resolved after South Sudan seceded from Sudan last year. Page is visiting the area to acquaint herself with both security and humanitarian in the area.
After Sudanese troops took control of the area in May 2011, just two months before South Sudan‘s independence, over 100,000 people were displaced. Now that returnees are beginning to return.
Community leaders and the returning displaced persons took the opportunity of Page’s visit to urge the international community to provide immediate assistance to help rebuild their lives.
Traditional leaders in the area expressed disappointment about what they claimed was the failure of the United Nations and the African Union to exercise pressure on Khartoum to implement UNSC Resolution No 2046 and Resolution 1990, which demanding complete withdrawal of all Sudanese and South Sudanese forces from the area.
Despite South Sudan‘s independence last year, the status of the fertile oil-producing region remains unresolved. A referendum on the issue was due to take place in January 2011 but the
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