The African Union says in a statement issued on Monday in Addis Ababa that it is concerned by the recent incidents in the Abyei Area in the past few weeks, including killings, abductions and raiding of livestock in various villages.
The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma calls for restraint and for the early convening of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee
Dlamini urges the Abyei communities to exercise utmost restraint and to desist from any action likely to heighten tension in the Area.
She appeals to the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to make renewed efforts towards the early establishment of the Abyei Police Service, as well as of the administrative bodies agreed to within the framework of the “Temporary Arrangements on the Administration and Security of Abyei” of 20 June 2011, in order to prevent such security incidents and effectively manage them when they occur.
Dlamini reiterates AU’s full support to the United Nations Interim Security Force for the Abyei Area (UNISFA) in its continued efforts to maintain stability, including through engagement with local community leaders.
The statement says the Chairperson of the Commission is looking forward to the early convening of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC), and praises the efforts being deployed to this end by the AU AJOC Facilitator.
She encourages the AJOC to seize the opportunity of its planned meeting to agree on the immediate commencement of the inter-communal dialogue.
The Chairperson of the Commission reaffirms AU’s commitment to continue working with the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan, through the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), in the search for a lasting solution to the challenges at hand.