Juba: It is up to the United Nations Security Council, not the Sudanese government, to decide whether the UN mission in Sudan continues after the country splits in two, a UN spokeswoman said on Sunday.
The northern government said on Saturday it had officially informed the UN secretary general that the mission`s term would end on July 09, the day the south is expected to secede.
The mission, known as UNMIS, is working to implement a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war between the north and south.
"Our position is simple and clear, it is a matter to be dealt with by the Security Council ... The (northern) government can express its wishes, ultimately the decision to leave or stay is a decision for the Security Council," Hua Jiang, a UN spokeswoman, said.
Southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly for independence in a January referendum that was promised under the peace deal. They are expected formally to secede from Sudan on July 09.