The United States today voted in favor of United Security Council Resolution 1990, establishing the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) which aims to demilitarize the region and create conditions for a lasting political settlement.
Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice today said the United States is pleased that the Council acted swiftly-and unanimously-to adopt the resolution. She said the Resolution will contribute to ensuring that the agreement both parties reached can be implemented immediately and effectively in Abyei region.
Ms. Rice highlighted that Resolution 1990 will provide robust peacekeeping presence in the region as well.
“Now only days away from the date of independence for South Sudan, it is imperative that the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan live up to their responsibilities.” -Ms. Rice
Ms. Rice urged the Government of Sudan must prevent any further escalation of the crisis by ceasing its military actions immediately. She added that the United States remains deeply concerned by ongoing attacks by Government of Sudan forces in Southern Kordofan and strongly condemn all acts of violence.
“The Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North must agree immediately to a ceasefire in Southern Kordofan and end restrictions on humanitarian access and UN movements.” -Ms. Rice