North Sudan takes control of key town in Abyei

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  • U.N. said northern army had deployed in main town

  • Abyei seen as flashpoint over southern secession

By Ulf Laessing

KHARTOUM, May 22 (Reuters) - Sudan's northern army has taken control of the disputed Abyei region and is clearing it of armed groups from the South, a minister from the northern government said on Sunday.

Control of oil-rich and fertile Abyei has been the main point of dispute between northern and southern Sudan ahead of plans for the South to become a separate state on July 9 following a January referendum on independence.

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