Abyei (Sudan) arbitration hearings under way

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.



More details and live webcast of proceedings

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