New York, 11 January 2011 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sudan: Situation in AbyeiThe Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the recent reports of clashes in the Abyei area. The Secretary-General condemns the reported loss of life and calls upon the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) leadership to maintain calm and ensure that this issue is resolved through peaceful dialogue.
The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has intensified its patrolling activities on the ground and is on standby to reinforce its peacekeeping presence if the need arises. The Mission, in consultation with other stakeholders, is engaging the parties to defuse tensions and prevent further escalation.
The Secretary-General urges both sides to resume and conclude negotiations on Abyei as a matter of priority.
Statements on 11 January 2011