Juba (Sudan): The President of Southern Sudan says he will not return the south to war with the Khartoum-based north despite the recent invasion of the contested region of Abyei.

Salva Kiir said the south has "fought enough" and that now is the time for peace.

The north-south border zone region of Abyei was taken over by northern Sudanese troops over the weekend, causing civilians to flee southward. Southern Sudan breaks away from the north on July 9, but both regions claim Abyei, a fertile land that has oil.

The latest skirmish began last week after southern troops attacked northern and UN forces. Kiir said that attack was a misunderstanding. He called the north's invasion an "overreaction."

(Agencies)