Troops from northern and southern Sudan have reportedly clashed in the disputed Abyei region, as talks to ease tensions between the sides continue in Ethiopia,polo ralph lauren
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Aguer said there were casualties but did not say whether anyone was killed,abercrombie uk
There was no immediate comment from north Sudan officials.
The African Union is hosting talks in Addis Ababa designed to end violence along Sudan's north-south border as the south gets set to declare independence next month.
The AU said Monday the sides had agreed in principle to demilitarize Abyei,ralph lauren
, which the north occupied last month. But VOA's Peter Heinlein, who is present at the talks,abercrombie
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Meanwhile, officials say a joint U.N.-African Union mission will head to Sudan's Southern Kordofan state Thursday in an effort to bring a halt to heavy fighting there.
The U.N. humanitarian affairs office says fighting between the northern army and local pro-southern fighters in Southern Kordofan has displaced 60,louis vuitton outlet
VOA's Heinlein reports the mission to Southern Kordofan will be led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who heads a high-level AU panel on Sudan, and the U.N,abercrombie france
. secretary-general's special representative to Sudan, Haile Menkerios.
U.S. President Barack Obama has called on the north Sudanese government to stop what he called its "campaign of intimidation" along the north-south border.
Both north and south Sudan claim ownership of Abyei. The dispute there and in Southern Kordofan has raised fears of a renewed war in Sudan as the south prepares to declare independence July 9.
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. Obama said they will face international pressure and isolation and will be held accountable for their actions.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China hopes all sides on the Korean Peninsula will exercise restraint to prevent the escalation of tensions.
Hong Lei said, "At present the situation on the Korean peninsula remains complex and sensitive. We hope that all relevant parties exercise restraint so the situation can gradually improve."