Ethiopia vows to bring peace to volatile Sudanese region


Posted on July 1, 2011 13:57

Ethiopia on Friday said its peacekeepers will thrive to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Abeyei region dispute between North and South Sudan.

Ambassador Dina Mufti, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the peacekeepers will facilitate the establishment of Abyei’s interim administration and an oversight committee, which will be drawn from the two Sudanese sides.

He said the group will also be charged with the organisation of the police force in the Dinga and Dingaya communities of Abyei.??

The peacekeepers will monitor the withdrawal of the troops from the disputed region and provide security to civilians in the area.

Both North Sudan and South Sudan have commended the Ethiopian government for the role it played in the peace process, according to Mufti.??

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

“Ethiopia has a commendable record in peace keeping missions in Liberia, Burundi and Rwanda.

“I am confident that the mission will be accomplished in a good manner,”??

The UN Security Council early this week approved the deployment of Ethiopian peacekeepers in the Abyei region to help in the demilitarisation of the area.??

South Sudan is due to be officially become an independent country on July 9 after its people voted overwhelmingly for a separate state.

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