UN to establish force in disputed Sudanese region

Security Council chamber

Security Council chamber

The UN Security Council has agreed to establish an interim force in Sudan's contested region of Abyei.

The UN Security Force for Abyei or UNISFA will comprise of 4,200 troops, and 50 police officers as well as civilian peacekeepers.

The mission will help facilitate an agreement on the future of Abyei.

It will also work as a buffer zone between the two borders.

Philip Parham is the UK's Deputy Ambassador to the UN.

"First of all, it is very important that the parties fulfil their obligations under that agreement which includes the withdrawal of Sudanese armed forces, SPLA and allied forces from Abyei as soon as possible. Secondly, we need to move on from this interim agreement, there is just two weeks to go until the 9 th of July and the parties really need to resolve the outstanding issues under the CPA, including the status of Abyei itself and other issues like oil revenues and citizenship and the border."

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