UN security council delegation visits Abyei

A delegation from the United Nations Security Council visited Abyei Administrative Area this week.

Kon Manyiet, the acting deputy chief administrator of Abyei Administrative Area said the delegation came to know the challenges facing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei.

“A delegation from United Nations Security Council came to find out UNISFA’s work. The delegation of nine members was sent by United Nations secretary general to Abyei. And they will go to Juba, Khartoum, and Addis Ababa. They want to know how UNISFA’s work is going on and to know if there is a challenge or not. And the delegation wants to know the general situation.” Kon said.

The delegation which arrived on Tuesday concluded a three-day visit on Thursday.

Kon said they will later report their findings to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who will forward it to the UN Security Council.

UNISFA is mandated to protect civilians under imminent threats of physical violence, protect the area from incursion and ensure security.

Despite the mission’s presence, cattle raiding, killing, and abduction are common. In May, 12 people were killed in Dunguop village near Abyei Town by armed said to be from Misseriya.