Khartoum says that the mission of the UN peacekeepers in Sudan will be finished when South Sudan becomes independent on July 9.
The CPA was the agreement that included plans for the referendum on South Sudanese independence that occurred in January of this year. With the South’s vote for secession, Sudan will become two countries on July 9. Given that, the government of North Sudan now wants UNMIS peacekeepers to leave the country by that day – the date when UNMIS’s mandate formally expires.
The UN and the government in Khartoum disagree about who has the power to decide when UNMIS must leave. The UN says it is a decision for the UN Security Council, while the Northern Sudanese government says final consent rests with them.