Security Council renews mandate of mission in Abyei

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New and creative ideas are needed to resolve the impasse over the status of the oil-rich Abyei region which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

That's what the representative of South Sudan, Ambassador Francis Deng told the Security Council following its renewal of the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) on Tuesday.

UNIFSA was established by the Security Council in June 2011 to help defuse inter-communal tensions and conflict in Abyei that forced 100,000 people to flee their homes prior to South Sudan's independence.

Ambassador Deng welcomed the renewal of the UNIFSA mandate but said problems remain.

"It is, however, evident, as reflected in the Secretary-General's report that there is, regrettably, a prolonged impasse and that new and creative ideas must be sought in order to generate the required outcome. The Abyei Protocol of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement refers to Abyei as the area where the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms settled prior to the 1905 annexation of the area to Northern Sudan."(26")

Under a 2005 agreement which led to South Sudan's independence in 2011, there was supposed to be a referendum on the status of Abyei but Sudan and South Sudan could not agree on who is eligible to vote in it.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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