Chronology: Sudan

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July 22: Both the Sudanese government and former southern Sudanese rebels agreed to redraw the boundaries of the disputed Abyei Province to give control of the Heglig oil fields and the Nile oil pipeline to the Khartoum government. The agreement came after Abyei town was razed in May 2008 in fighting between tribes loyal to the south and pro-Khartoum tribes. [Al-Jazeera, 7/22]

July 30: The United Nations (UN) Security Council extended the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers in Darfur. The new mandate would expire in 2010. [Reuters, 7/30]

Aug. 19: Northern and Southern Sudan reached a new agreement which complemented the 2005 North-South peace agreement. The two sides agreed on ten issues, including border and security disputes. However, they were still unable to agree on who was eligible to vote and what percentage of votes would be necessary for passing a scheduled January 2011 referendum which would give the south the option of becoming independent from the north. [VOA, 8/20]

Aug. 25: Rodolphe Adada, head of the UNAMID force, resigned from his post. The former Republic of Congo Foreign Minister, who some diplomats called ineffective, was replaced temporarily by General Henry Anyidoho of Ghana. [Reuters, 8/25]

Aug. 29: Two UNAMID peacekeepers, one man and one woman, were kidnapped from their residences in the town of Zalingei. Spokesman Noureddine Menzi said this was the first time UNAMID staff members had been abducted, though this was the fourth kidnapping of foreigners since March 2009. …