- The International court of Arbitration in The Hague has given the Khartoum government control of the Heglig oilfields and the Nile oil pipeline in the disputed Abyei region.
The judges decided not to abide by the borders proposed after the 2005 peace deal, which ended the 22 year civil that the north government had rejected. Abyei's inhabitants will be asked in a referendum in 2011 whether they want to be a part of north or south Sudan.
Both the Sudanese government and former rebels in the south pledged on today to abide by the ruling of the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague.
The Sudanese foreign ministry under-secretary, said today’s decision was a step forward is resolving the long dragging conflict on the ownership of the oil rich Abyei region.
"We respect this decision. And this decision is final and binding because all the parties agreed from the beginning that the decision of the court was binding and final," the official said.
A representative of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), Riek Machar, also said that he hoped that the ruling would consolidate and increase the chances for peace.
The Abyei issue was referred to The Hague court last year after clashes broke out in Abyei town, killing about 100 people and forcing tens of thousands to flee. UN peacekeepers beefed up their presence in Abyei amid fears that a controversial ruling could spark violence.
The 2005 CPA on the ensuing Abyei protocol, the south was granted a six-year transitional period of regional autonomy. The terms require the south and the Abyei region to hold referendums on their respective administrative status in 2011.
On 8 June, 2008, both Sudanese parties signed an agreement to break the three-year deadlock on the implementation of the Abyei Protocol forwarding the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.