25 June 2012

South Sudan: Sudan Told to Complete Withdrawal

Photo: UN Photo/Stuart Price
Abyei town, one of the disputed regions (file photo).

press release

Juba — The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called Sudan to complete the withdrawal of its forces in Abyei as demanded by the UNSC resolution 2046 and African Union Peace and Security roadmap.

"Sudan still has a significant number of its oil police in Abyei", Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin the spokesman of the government of the Republic of South Sudan said last week in a press statement. The members of the Security Council on a press release issued on the 18th of June welcomed the withdrawal from the Abyei Area of the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudanese Police Service personnel.

They called on the Government of Sudan to complete the full withdrawal of its forces by redeploying all oil police in accordance with resolution 2046 and the 20 June 2011 Agreement on Temporary Arrangements for Security in the Abyei Area.

Dr. Marial also called on Sudan and South Sudan to urgently finalize the establishment of the Abyei Area Administration and constitute the Abyei Police Service, in accordance with their commitments in the 20 June 2011 Agreement.

On the other hand the UNSC underscored the urgency of immediately establishing the necessary border security mechanisms and creation of safe demilitarized Border Zones which they said must be established as stipulated in the United Nations Security Council resolution 2046.

"We are optimistic that the outstanding issues can all be resolved within the timeframe if the other party is committed in resolving these issues", said Dr. Marial. He reaffirmed the commitment of the government of South Sudan to resolve all the outstanding issues with Sudan as per the UNSC resolution 2046 and the African Union Peace and Security roadmap.

Second phase of talks on the post independence outstanding issues of border demarcation, oil, security arrangements and citizenship, among others, with Sudan resumed last week in Addis Ababa Ethiopia after the bitter April clashes at the borders between the two countries.

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