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Northern and southern Sudan have agreed to abide by international arbitration on the status of an oil-producing region both sides want to control.
Agreement was reached in Washington at talks mediated by US President Barack Obama's envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration.
Both sides said they would accept a ruling due next month from the Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
The dispute, over the region of Abyei, threatens a peace deal signed four years ago to end a 22-year civil war.
At stake is control