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Abyei (Sudan) arbitration hearings under way

SPLA soldiers redeploy south from the Abyei area in line with the road map to resolve the Abyei crisis. Sudan. June 2008.
(Timothy Mckulka/UNMIS)

Oral pleadings in the dispute over Sudan's oil-rich Abyei region are taking place this week before a specially created tribunal sitting at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, according to the PCA.



The Sudanese government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM) agreed the tribunal should settle a disagreement over the findings of the Abyei Boundary Commission (ABC) set up under the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Accord which ended a civil war between north and south Sudan.



The tribunal is mandated to deliver - within 90 days - a final and binding judgment on Khartoum’s claim that the ABC exceeded its own mandate in its ruling on the boundaries of Abyei, which it delivered in July 2005.



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