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US welcomes Sudan accord

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed on Monday the agreement signed by north and south Sudan to demilitarize Abyei, but said the real test would be how both sides applied the deal.


The rival governments of both north and south Sudan signed the accord on Monday to pull forces out of the disputed region and allow in an Ethiopian peacekeeping force.

Mediator Thabo Mbeki said the north's troops, who occupied Abyei on 21 May, will withdraw under the deal, amid escalating tensions ahead of southern Sudan's formal declaration of independence on 9 July.

Khartoum has described the solution as "sustainable", with the government pleased that the agreement locates the disputed region in the north.

But tens of thousands of people have already fled Abyei, mainly to the south, and agencies say there is now a growing humanitarian crisis in South Kordofan, another disputed border region.

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