Sudanese First Deputy Chairman of Transitional Sovereign Council briefed on security situation in Abyei Area.

Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of the Sudan

The Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Sovereign Council of the Sudan has directed the chairman of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee from Sudan’s side, to focus more on development, enhance security and build foundation for peaceful coexistence in Abyei. Al-Intibaha an online media says.

Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo (Hemeti) said during a meeting with the chairman of Abyei Joint Supervisory Committee, from Sudan’s side, Major General, Ezeldin Osman Mohamed El-Shiek on Monday.

The head of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee said they discussed security and development issues in Abyei. They promised real development for the benefit of the people and stability in the region. The Chairman of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee from South Sudan, Deng Arop Kuol says he is not aware of the meeting.

Armed attacks are common in Abyei despite the presence of the United Nations Interim Security Forces for Abyei. Between January and August this year, more than sixty civilians from both Ngok Dinka and Misseriya lost their lives.

On Saturday, armed attack left five people dead in Langar/Goli, a dinka village located in northern part of Abyei Area. Abyei is a contested area between Sudan and South Sudan inhabited by the Ngok Dinka.

In 2013, the Ngok Dinka conducted a community referendum in which they overwhelmingly voted 99.9 percent in favor of becoming part of South Sudan, but its results were not recognized by both the governments of Sudan, South Sudan and international community.