Security Council condemns Abyei attack

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UN peacekeepers in Abyei

Members of the UN Security Council have condemned in the strongest terms, the 4 May attack by Misseriya elements on a convoy of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei, known as UNISFA, and a delegation of Ngok Dinka.

The attack resulted in the death of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Kuol Deng Kuol, an Ethiopian peacekeeper, and the wounding of three others.

The incident occurred as the Paramount Chief travelled under UN escort.

The Security Council Members expressed their condolences to the families of those killed in the attack, to the Ngok Dinka community, to the Government of Ethiopia, and to UNISFA.

Council members also appreciated the prompt actions by President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan and other senior leaders of the two governments, as well as the UN Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, to calm the situation.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNISFA and called on all parties in Abyei to exercise maximum restraint, to cooperate fully with the mission, and to use the mechanisms they have put in place to facilitate an effective investigation into these acts of violence.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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