Traditional leaders’ conferences concluded in Abyei

Misseriya traditional leaders who attended the conference in Diffra | Credit: UNISFA

Two conferences attended separately by traditional leaders from Ngok Dinka and Misseriya in Abyei Administrative Area ended on Tuesday. The first meeting took place from 13th to 14th October and the other was held on 18th and 19th October respectively. The meetings were held in Diffra and were organized by the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei.

A press statement issued by UNISFA said the purpose of the meeting was to pave the way for dialogue towards building a more peaceful Abyei area.

UNISFA says joint conference of the two traditional leaders aimed at generating concrete solutions to guarantee peace and security for Abyei communities is set to take place soon.

UN police Commissioner, Violet Nasambu Lusala  said an approach adopted this year is to forge a solid consensus within each  community before reaching out to other with a strong commitment to agree on what is required to co-exist peacefully.

The Acting Head of of Mission and Force Commander of UNISFA,  Kefyalew Amde Tesema urged the traditional leaders to come up with good decisions and recommendations that would further enhance Abyei peace process. He stressed UNISFA commitment to implementing the mandate it is assigned by the United Nations Security Council.

Abyei is a contested region on South Sudan and Sudan border.

Armed attacks and looting of property are common in this area with over 450 people killed between 2012 and 2021.