A statement released by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, acknowledged the concern of the high representative about the attacks against the United Nations Interim Security Force for the territory disputed between Sudan and South Sudan.
The text condemned the violence while urging the governments of the two African countries to investigate the attacks with the help of the peacekeeping mission, known as Unisfa for its acronym in English, to bring the perpetrators to justice. of justice.
Attacks against United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes, the note further recalled.
According to press reports, over the weekend, the region was the scene of another armed incident that left more than 50 people dead.
Information Minister Bulis Koch told reporters that the clashes were a product of ethnic conflicts in an oil-rich area.
This is the second time this month that the UN has warned about the increase in violence in Abyei, whose situation is due to the lack of agreement on the exact delimitation of the border since South Sudan separated from Sudan.
As a result, the area is managed by an administration made up of officials appointed by the two countries.
By the end of 2023, the region was the scene of a conflict that left many dead.
In 2011, the UN approved the Interim Security Force, which was deployed in June of that year to protect civilians under the imminent threat of physical violence.
At the same time, the mission has the objective of demilitarizing and restoring peace in the area in compliance with the mandate of the Security Council.
Its operations include monitoring the border, which is a hotbed of violence between the north and south, and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid.
The establishment of Unisfa came about after the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarize Abyei and allow Ethiopian troops to control the area.