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Ethiopian soldiers watch a returnee at work in Abyei.
March 2012
©UNISFA/Lieutenant-Colonel Gabreeziabbher Tesfamarian Berhe
Ethiopian soldiers watch a returnee at work in Abyei.

Mission facts

  • Location:
    Abyei Area, Sudan
  • Headquarters:
    Abyei Town
  • Duration:
    June 2011 to present

Demilitarizing and monitoring peace in the disputed Abyei Area

The Security Council, by its resolution 1990 PDF Document of 27 June 2011, responded to the urgent situation in Sudan’s Abyei region by establishing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The Security Council was deeply concerned by the violence, escalating tensions and population displacement.

The operation has been tasked with monitoring the flashpoint border between north and south and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid, and is authorized to use force in protecting civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei.

UNISFA’s establishment came after the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarize Abyei and let Ethiopian troops to monitor the area.