U.N. AP­PROVES FI­NAL EX­TEN­SION OF ABYEI PEACE MIS­SION

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

The U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ap­proved a fi­nal ex­ten­sion of its peace­keep­ing mis­sion in the dis­puted Abyei re­gion be­tween Su­dan and South Su­dan, un­less the two sides make progress on bor­der de­mar­ca­tion and other bench­marks. In its unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ex­tended for six months the United Na­tions In­terim Se­cu­rity Force for Abyei but said “this shall be the fi­nal such ex­ten­sion un­less the par­ties take the spe­cific mea­sures.” Su­dan and South Su­dan years ago agreed to take steps for set­ting up an ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture for Abyei but the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in May, when it last re­newed UNISFA’s man­date, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that “few steps” had been taken in that di­rec­tion.

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