The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) for six months. The UN Security Council has also urged Khartoum, Juba and local communities to take all necessary steps to ensure that the area is effectively demilitarized and to fully cooperate with the UNISFA.
The move has been welcomed by Alor Koul, chief administrator for Abyei. Keeping South Sudan in focus, Alor Koul said, “We urge the two countries to expedite their discussions over the issues of Abyei so that the final status of Abyei is determined before the end of this mandate. And this is what we really want as the people of Abyei”.
Per the extension of the mandate of the UNISFA so as to demilitarize the region, the only military allowed will be UNISFA and the Abyei Police Service.
General Abdulfatah Al Burhan, the head of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, said, “We have discussed a lot of issues related to elevating more cooperation between Sudan and South Sudan, especially the issue of peaceful coexistence in the area. We also discussed how to strengthen cooperation for the establishment of a joint mechanism between the two countries, based on the previous agreement signed by both sides.”