UNISFA condemns renewed attacks in Abyei, call for dialogue

UNISFA condemns renewed attacks in Abyei, call for dialogue

​​The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is “greatly alarmed and deeply disturbed” by the renewed clashes between the Twic and Ngok Dinka communities in Agok.

The clashes were reported in the sector South area, 28 Kilometers from Abyei town.

A UNISFA report indicates that the clashes between the two groups started at about 1630 hours on 23 September 2022, leading to an influx of over 223 people seeking protection at Agok COB.

UNISFA’S Acting Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr condemned the attack, saying it can only contribute to more tension and chances of renewed violence in the area​​

General Sawyerr called on the Abyei Chief Administrator and the Ngok Dinka paramount chief, to engage with their counterparts in Warrap state, as well the official of the government of South Sudan in Juba, to find a political solution to the clashes.

He also appealed to the youths from both side to refrain from use of violence to voice their opinions and embrace UNISFA peace initiatives as a means of easing tension in the area

UNISFA is fully committed to pursuing its mandate to ensure that Abyei is free of arms and armed groups and completely deplores any act that will further escalate tension in the area.​​