Borders adjusted

THE HAGUE - An international court redefined the eastern and western boundaries of the disputed oil-producing Abyei area claimed by both north and south Sudan, but left its northern border intact in a ruling yesterday.

The borders of Abyei, often called the "Kashmir" of Sudan's north-south conflict and coveted by both sides, were outlined by an international panel after a 2005 peace agreement that ended more than 20 years of civil war between north and south Sudan.

Analysts said the eastern border was moved slightly to the west, leaving a majority of the area's oil supplies within Sudan's area.

" We think this decision is going to consolidate peace," said Riek Machar of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement. "It's a decision we will respect." - Reuters