New committee formed to enforce agreements on security in troubled Abyei region of Sudan

09:51, April 14, 2011      

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A committee dealing with the Sudanese territory of Abyei has agreed to form a group that will ensure that agreements regarding safety and security in the troubled region are followed, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Wednesday.

"The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) welcomes the decisions by the Abyei Standing Committee, which met today in Khartoum to form a Joint Technical Committee (JTC) for the implementation of the Kadugli Agreements earlier this year," Haq said.

The Kadugli Agreements were reached in January by the government of Sudan and the government of Southern Sudan with aim of ensuring increased security in the Abyei region of the country, which has been a hotbed of conflict involving the north and the south as well as indigenous groups.

"The committee is to see to the effective deployment of the Joint Integrated Units (JIU) throughout Abyei area and the withdrawal of all other unauthorized forces," Haq said.

He added that the JTC is scheduled hold its first meeting on April 18 in Abyei.

The Abyei Standing Committee consists of members of both the Sudan Armed Forces from the central government in Khartoum, and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), based in the south, as well as police and JIU command. The JIUs are security forces composed of northern and southern Sudanese contingents.

Haq told reporters that the UN intends to provide support to the Sudanese in their goals for Abyei.

"The UN mission shall provide the necessary assistance required to facilitate the implementation of today's decisions," he said.

Continuing negotiations concerning the status of Abyei between Khartoum and the southern part of Sudan, which voted in January for its own independence, have not resulted in any agreement yet.

Source: Xinhua
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