South Sudan Withdraws Police Forces Out of Abyei


South Sudan has recently completed withdrawal processes of its police forces from the disputed Abyei to comply with the United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing roadmap of the Africa Union Peace and Security Commission.

South Sudan is reportedly willing to comply with all aspects of resolution 2046, which calls on both sides to resume negotiations on post-partition issues and signed pact with three months.

Meanwhile, the United States of America today welcomes the redeployment of all Republic of South Sudan Police Services out of the Abyei Area.

Members of the Zambian military contingent of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) prepare to depart from their mission site in an armoured personnel carrier for a patrol around Abyei town. UN Photo/Stuart Price

US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice said the withdrawal of police forces in Abyei is an important step toward ending the border dispute with Sudan.

The United States commends the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei for its strong support to this process.

The United States renews call upon the Government of Sudan to honor its acceptance of UNSCR 2046 and the AUPSC communique, including by redeploying all of its armed forces from Abyei and by immediately ending aerial bombardments in South Sudan, which are a clear violation of Resolution 2046.

“We urge all parties to abide by their agreement to a cessation of hostilities and the resumption of negotiations on outstanding security and political issues.” -Ms. Rice

Amid the continous call from the United Nations and the United States to cease the hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan, violence and tensions continue to escalate in the region earlier this year.

Earlier this year, South Sudan’s military involved in the attack on and seizure of Heglig, home to Sudan’s largest remaining source of oil following the South’s secession.

Late of March this year, military clashes have erupted in the border region of Sudan and South Sudan.

Media reports say South Sudan accused Sudan of sending warplanes to bomb two border areas.

Meanwhile, Sudan accused the southern army of attacking the oil-producing Heglig region wherein parts of which are claimed by both warring nations.

The military clashes prompted Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir to suspend plans to attend a meeting with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir on 3 April.

On July 2011, South Sudan, Africa’s 54th nation was born. Millions of people celebrated a new national identity and new national promise. For more than two decades, Sudan has been riven by intense fighting over land and resources.

However, the security situation in the disputed area of Abyei remains fragile, with both South Sudan and Sudan failing to withdraw their armed forces as agreed under a demilitarization pact reached in June 2011.

South Sudan became independent from Sudan on 9 July. A referendum on the status of the Abyei area on the border was to have been held in January this year, but never took place amid disagreement on voter eligibility.

Dozens of people have been killed this year as a result of clashes in Abyei and surrounding areas and tens of thousands of have been forced to flee their homes.

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