Ethiopia says its mission in Sudan will bring peace


Posted on July 1, 2011 15:53

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday July 1, 2011, announced that its peacekeeping mission brigade will exert maximum efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Abyei region dispute between north and south Sudan.

According to Ambassador Dina Mufti, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, the peace keeping mission brigade is ready to carry out its duty effectively in the disputed oil-rich Sudanese region.

Mufti explained that the brigade will facilitate the establishment of Abyei’s interim administration and oversight committee which will be drawn from the two Sudanese sides. He also added that the group will also be charged with the organization of the police force in the Dinga and Dingaya communities of Abyei.

The brigade will also monitor the withdrawal of the troops of the disputing parts from Abyei and take care of civilians in the area, Ambassador Dina added.

Both North Sudan government and SPLM have commended the Ethiopian government for the role it played in the peace process, according to Ambassador Dina.

“Ethiopia is a credible partner for both Sudanese so that based on their agreement Ethiopia will deploy one brigade – around 4,200 – troops to Abyei after both North and South Sudan fully withdraw their forces from the region” said Ambassador Dina.

“Ethiopia has commendable record in peace keeping mission in Liberia, Burundi and Rwanda so that I am confident that the mission will be accomplished in a good manner,”

The UN Security Council early this week approved Ethiopia’s deployment to Sudan Abyei region to demilitarize the area.

South Sudan is due to be officially become a new country on July 9, 2011.

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