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UN int'l staff return to restive Sudan region
UN international staff return to restive Sudan region after nearly half-year absence
By The Associated Press

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) ' The United Nations in Sudan says its international staff is returning to a disputed region on the border with south Sudan, after a nearly half-year absence from the restive area.

The U.N. office in Khartoum said in a statement Friday that two of its international staff had arrived in the state capital of the oil-producing region called South Kordofan.

The United Nations international staff pulled out of the region last July following an outbreak of fighting between government forces and members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army.



Local staffers remained.

At the time, the Sudanese government said it feared for the lives of the international staffers. But early last week the government said it was now safe for them to return.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) ' The United Nations in Sudan says its international staff is returning to a disputed region on the border with south Sudan, after a nearly half-year absence from the restive area.

The U.N. office in Khartoum said in a statement Friday that two of its international staff had arrived in the state capital of the oil-producing region called South Kordufan.

The United Nations international staff pulled out of the region last July following an outbreak of fighting between government forces and members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army.

Local staffers remained.

At the time, the Sudanese government said it feared for the lives of the international staffers. But early last week the government said it was now safe for them to return.


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