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South Sudan commits to halting violence.

Summary: South Sudan says it will quit the border zone in a bid to end violence.

South Sudan has told the United Nations it will pull out of a disputed region on its border with Sudan and is committed to halting all fighting with its northern neighbour.

It has told the United Nations it planned to withdraw all police from the Abyei region. The decision to withdraw from Abyei was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by southern President Salva Kir on Saturday.

However, in Khartoum, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir declared a state of emergency in some areas of South Kordofan, White Nile and Sinnar provinces bordering South Sudan, according to the state-linked Sudanese Media Center.

Khartoum and Juba accuse each other of supporting rebel militia in each other's territories, however, both deny the other's charges.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan nine months ago under a 2005 settlement. Weeks of border fighting along the contested border escalated after the two failed to agree on a string of disputes after the south's separation. The impasse has already halted nearly all oil production in both countries, damaging their shaky economies.

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Date:Apr 30, 2012
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