Minister wants to continue Sudan mission

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Dutch foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal thinks it is essential for the United Nations peace mission to remain active in Sudan in the coming months.

The minister said this in response to questions from Christian Democrat MPs in the Lower House after an announcement by the Sudanese government that UNMIS, which monitors the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA between North and South Sudan, should leave on 9 July. This is the day South Sudan will officially become independent. The Dutch army is participating in the UN mission.

Observers fear another civil war will break out. Tensions in the border region near the area of Abyei, which is claimed by both the North and the South have risen.

Around 80,000 people have fled the area since the North Sudanese army began occupying the area last week.

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