An African Union panel helped broker an agreement meant to resolve issues left over from a 2005 peace agreement that ended Sudan's civil war. South Sudan gained independence in 2011 as part of the agreement, though border disputes and rebel conflicts have threatened the peace.
Haile Menkerios, the U.N. special envoy to the region, delivered a message to AU from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He said AU leadership on the issue was emblematic of the way in which the United Nations could work with its regional partners to facilitate peace in the region.
The task, however, hasn't been easy, he said. More than 300,000 people in Darfur were displaced by conflict this year and the final issue of the status of the disputed border area of Abyei remains unsettled.
"Unfortunately, both Sudan and South Sudan continue to be affected by conflict," the diplomat said in statements published Monday. "We urge both governments to swiftly implement all security arrangements and solve the enduring deadlock over the resolution of the final status of the Abyei area and the claimed and disputed border areas."
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