Outbreak of violence in Sudan can profoundly affect the opportunity for political progress Abei and on border issues,” martha ama akya pobyThe Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peacekeeping told the Council.
Security in Abei, A disputed oil-rich border region The dispute between the two African countries has been a matter of dispute, but agreements were reached before outbreak of violence in Sudan on 15 April, providing the latest updates from the UN Secretary-General, he said reports on the emerging situation.
juggling between many pressing concerns Conflict-triggered interruptions in deployment routes Council-mandated United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (Unisfa), established in 2011 to implement bilateral boundary agreements, is also headed by Ms.
“While the fighting is going on and mediation efforts are underway, the United Nations will Continue to support Sudan and South Sudan That’s when talks will resume on Abei,” he said.
“The arrival of additional personnel and equipment will need to be postponed, affect force potential“Planning is underway to make alternate arrangements to reduce the delay keeping in mind the safety of the personnel and equipment,” he said.
Prior to the crisis, he said the UN teams in Sudan and South Sudan, along with UNISFA, had finalized administrative arrangements for the Abyei Joint Programme, and begun implementing projects to create an environment conducive to peaceful coexistence. Had done, which included the nutrition center. Vocational training for women and children and youth.
“UNISFA is monitoring potential impact fighting in Sudan, such as the flow of displaced persons, the entry of armed groups into the region or fueling a breakdown in local inter-communal relations,” she said, noting that evacuations have been organized.
“While none of these risks have occurred on a large scale so far, the mission remains alert to their possibility,” she said. “While fighting continues and mediation efforts are underway, the UN will continue to support Sudan and South Sudan when talks on Abyei resume.”
Juba increases anxiety
Hannah Serwa TatehSpecial Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Horn of Africa told the Council that the conflict is Endangering pre-conflict stable relationships Between Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and Khartoum.
“The humanitarian, security, economic and political consequences of development in Sudan have increased Concerns among the South Sudanese political leadership,” He said.
Thousands of South Sudanese held in Sudan are returning, with one Another 200,000 likely to flee violence “If we don’t see stability returning soon”, he said. This will be a challenge for South Sudan, where two-thirds of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
border security risk
Since Sudan is currently not in a position to effectively defend its borders, it raised additional concerns Possible increase in cross-border movements of armed and criminal groups,
Meanwhile, fighting has already begun in Sudan Delivery of essential commodities and food stoppedAnd South Sudan’s oil exports could be at risk, he warned.
“The stopping the fighting is the priority now and to begin constructive negotiations that will hopefully lead to a permanent ceasefire,” she said, stressing that her office would continue to engage with Sudan and South Sudan to resolve outstanding issues.
Learn more about the “One UN” effort to build lasting peace in Abei Here,