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[Published: Friday August 08 2008]
Sudan agrees deal on oil region

Khartoum, 9 Aug-(ANA)-North and South Sudan have reached a deal overthe disputed oil-rich region of Abyei.

The two sides have agreed on an interim administration with a southernernamed as chief administrator and a member of a local Arab clan as his deputy.

Fighting in May between northern and southern troops drove 50,000 peoplefrom their homes in the region.

Many feared the violence would re-ignite the bloody civil war that ended in2005 with a peace deal. .

Arop Moyak, a southerner from Sudan's People Liberation Movement, will bechief administrator of Abyei, with Rahama Abdel Rahman al-Nour of the northernNational Congress Party his deputy, reports say.

In June, the sides agreed to send a joint force to the area to restoresecurity and they agreed to get international help to resolve the underlyingboundary issue.

The government in Khartoum and officials in the semi-autonomous south haveboth claimed the oil-rich area as their own. (ANA)

FA/ANA/9 August 2008---

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