By Ngor Arol Garang
May 11, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Friday called on the international community to exert pressure on the government of neighbouring Sudan to immediately withdraw its troops from the contested border region of Abyei.
On Thursday 10 May Juba announced that it had completely withdrawn its police forces out of the contested area, as stipulated by a 2 May resolution of the UN Security Council, which called on both countries to move their forces out of the region.
South Sudan has announced that it is willing to comply with all aspects of resolution 2046, which calls on both sides to resume negotiations on post-partition issues and signed deal with three months.
The UNSC resolution endorsed the proposals of the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), which also called on the Khartoum government and rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile to negotiate and end to their conflict, based on the agreement Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir discarded last year.
Bashir has expressed unwillingness to comply fully with the demands of the UN and AU. “We only do the things we want to do. And no security council or the whole world for the matter can force us to act otherwise,” Bashir said Thursday.
Since Abyei was captured by the Sudan Armed Forces in May 2011, the UNSC has repeatedly called for both nations to withdraw from the dispute region, the status of which was due to have been decided in a referendum in January 2011. The vote did not go ahead due to disagreement over who could take part. Read more…