U N I T E D N A T I O N S N A T I O N S U N I E S
United Nations Interim Security Force for AbyeiUNISFA
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Office of the Spokesperson
UNISFA condemns the armed attack on Mabok village.
Abyei, 16 April 2020 – The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) strongly condemns the armed attack by an organized Misseriya armed group on Mabok village in southern Abyei on 13 April which resulted in four Ngok Dinka people dead and two children kidnapped while some 50 dwellings in the village were burnt down.
UNISFA has embarked on several initiatives including the recently facilitated two meetings between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya traditional leaders at Diffra on 16 March and 9 April aimed at de-escalating tension between the two communities. The mission is therefore saddened that the attack is happening despite UNISFA’s efforts to promote peaceful coexistence between the communities. More worrisome is the fact that at a time when the world is united to fight a common enemy, the COVID-19 virus, the two communities still find space to engage in acts that can only increase the misery on their neighbours and reverse the gains made over the past few years in the peace process in Abyei
UNISFA urges Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities, particularly their leaderships to take advantage of the mission’s led peace initiatives to find peaceful ways of resolving conflicts between them and warns that it will not hesitate to place responsibility on those who are bent on upsetting the peace in the Area.
UNISFA’s Acting Head of Mission/Force Commander, Major General Mehari Zewde Gebremariam reiterates that any presence of armed groups within the Abyei box other than its own troops is a violation of its mandate and will not hesitate to place responsibility on those engaged in such violations.
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.