Security Council Condemns Violence in South Sudan and Abyei, Calls for Immediate Action
In a press statement issued yesterday, the United Nations Security Council expressed deep concern and condemned the recent outbreak of violence in Warrap State, South Sudan, and the southern Abyei Administrative Area.
The Security Council President, José Javier de la Gasca Lopezdominguez of Ecuador, highlighted the loss of approximately 75 lives in November 2023 in Warrap State and an additional 10 lives in Abyei in early December 2023.
The Security Council members emphasized the urgent need for measures to address the situation, particularly the full demilitarization of the Abyei Area.
They reaffirmed the significance of the 2011 Agreement and relevant Security Council resolutions pertaining to the area, stressing the importance of their implementation in order to restore peace and stability.
The call for action aligns with the appeals made by Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan. Haysom underscored the necessity for the transitional government of South Sudan to swiftly investigate the recent killings and attacks on civilians in Warrap and the Abyei Area.
The Security Council firmly echoed these demands, urging the South Sudanese government to contain the violence and defuse tensions between the affected communities.
Recognizing the crucial role of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), the Security Council emphasized its responsibility in protecting civilians, including refugees. UNISFA was also tasked with supporting community dialogue and facilitating reconciliation in the affected region.
Furthermore, the Security Council highlighted the importance of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism in fostering peace, security, and stability in Abyei and its neighboring areas.
The international community stands united in urging all parties involved to work diligently towards de-escalating tensions and finding a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.
The Security Council called for cooperation and commitment from the transitional government of South Sudan and all stakeholders to prevent further loss of life and safeguard the well-being of the affected population.