UNMIS urges CPA parties to diffuse tensions in Abyei and S Kordofan

6 June, 2011 (Miraya FM)

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has expressed deep concern about the on-going security situation in Abyei and Southern Kordofan state, and has called on the parties to Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to prevent any escalation of violence that could lead to fresh losses of civilian lives.

In a statement issued on Monday, UNMIS said that looting is continuing in Abyei area, despite assurances by Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) that they would stop it. The Mission urged SAF to uphold its commitment and intervene to stop the criminal acts and immediately release all civilians that are still in their custody.

The statement also asked for unconditional humanitarian access to all parts of Abyei Area to verify whether civilians in need of care are still present, and provide them requisite protection.

SAF has also been urged to immediately stop its artillery fire from the vicinity of UNMIS compound, adding it was a security threat for the UN presence, patrols and flights in Abyei and created high risks for civilians who may be willing to return to their villages.

The statement also expressed concern about the security incidents that took place on Sunday in Kadugli and Um Durein in Southern Kordofan state.


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