Sudan: Ban condemns deadly attack in Abyei, urges swift action to bring perpetrators to justice

UN peacekeepers on patrol in Sudan’s Abyei region. UN Photo/Tim McKulka

27 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks last night by unknown assailants on the residence of the Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief in Abyei town, during which one Ethiopian peacekeeper from the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and a young girl were killed.

“The Secretary-General expresses his deepest condolences to the Government of Ethiopia, to all UNISFA personnel, and to the families of the two victims. He wishes the wounded a speedy recovery,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson on the attack, which also left three civilians wounded.

Mr. Ban called on the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to assist UNISFA in swiftly bringing the perpetrators of this attack to justice.

“He urges both Governments to resume without delay their cooperation on the implementation of the 20 June 2011 Agreement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei area and to support the Mission's efforts to promote dialogue between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities,” said the statement.

Lastly, he called on both communities to remain calm and avoid any escalation of this tragic incident.


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