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U.S. envoy says sure Abyei ruling to be implemented

ABYEI, Sudan, July 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. special envoy to Sudan said on Wednesday he was convinced that a Hague court ruling on the borders of the disputed oil-producing Abyei area "will be fully implemented". "I have got to tell you, I am optimistic. The commitments that these folks have made in words, I am convinced that they will be carried out in deed, and that this arbitration decision will be fully implemented," envoy Scott Gration told journalists.

"The border will be demarcated and the Dinka and the Misseriya will live for a long time in peace," he added, referring to tribes often at odds in the area. (Reporting by Andrew Heavens; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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