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Sudan – Attack against UNISFA (May 6, 2013)

France strongly condemns the unacceptable attack against UNISFA (United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei) by Misseriya elements, which led to the death of the Dinka leader, Kuol Deng Majok, and a peacekeeper, and injured several soldiers from the peacekeeping force.

It reaffirms its unwavering support for the action of UNISFA, the only authorized force in this region, in accordance with UNSCR 1990. The perpetrators of these attacks must be held accountable for their actions.

France commends the restraint shown by the parties since this incident and urges the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to work together to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

This attack demonstrates the urgent need to implement the mechanisms set forth in the agreements of June 20, 2011, and to continue the discussions on the final status of Abyei. France urges both governments to establish without delay the interim administration of the Abyei area, in particular the Abyei Police Service, in order to avoid a repetition of such incidents in the future.



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