UN Chief Welcomes The Abyei Administration Agreement

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has welcomed the Abyei Administration Agreement reached between Juba and Khartoum [UN Photo]The agreement came from Tuesday’s summit meeting between presidents Omar Al Bashir and Salva Kiir in Juba.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of a summit between the Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan in Juba and takes note of the two Presidents’ intent to expedite the establishment of the Abyei Administration, Abyei Council and Abyei Police Service,” a press statement from the UN Gurtong received on Wednesday partly reads.

“He also welcomes their decision to accelerate the full establishment of the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone by mid‑November.”

The UN Chief calls on both countries to urgently resume their consultations on the implementation of the 2012 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) proposal to determine the final status of Abyei, and calls on Abyei community leaders to refrain from any unilateral initiatives which could increase tensions in the area.

Bashir and Kiir in a communiqué released after the meeting in Juba agreed to expedite the establishment of the Abyei Administration, the Council, Police organs and reaffirm 2 percent share of Abyei areas in oil revenue.

The agreement came in a new spirit of diplomacy aimed at augmenting bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

South Sudan seceded from the Sudan on 9 July 2011, following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005 and the January 2011 Referendum which consequently led to separation. However, issues of the Abyei referendum, nationality, the oil proceeds and security have remained unresolved between the two countries.

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