Sudan and South Sudan advance with establishment of demilitarized buffer zone
Despite the improved food security situation from the 2012/13 good agricultural harvest season, Stressed and Crisis (IPC Phases 2 and 3) levels will persist through June in conflict-affected areas of South Kordofan, Blue Nile, Abyei, and Darfur.
Sudan and South Sudan signed an agreement to withdraw armed forces from border areas and establish a demilitarized zone along the border. This step forward could boost political and economic cooperation between the two countries, and create conditions to enforce previous accords from September 2012.
Reconciliation between conflicting tribes in North Darfur and subclans of the Messeriya in South Kordofan brought an end to the recent deadly fighting in these areas. Access for humanitarian agencies has improved and to date, assistance to over 100,000 conflict displaced people in Serief Saraf Omra and Kebkabiya localities has been delivered.