U.S. Condemns Offensive Operations Being Undertaken By Sudanese Armed Forces in Abyei

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 23, 2011
Woman Stands in Central Market of Abyei

The Press Secretary of the White House released a statement on Sudan on May 21, 2011. The statement said, "The United States condemns the offensive operations being undertaken by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in and around Abyei town and today's Presidential decree dissolving the Abyei Administration. While the United States deplored the May 19 attack by Southern forces on a United Nations convoy that was transporting a SAF company lawfully operating as part of the Joint Integrated Units in Abyei, this response is disproportionate and irresponsible. The actions being taken by the Government of Sudan are blatant violations of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and threaten to undermine the mutual commitment of the CPA parties to avoid a return to war.

"The United States calls on the SAF to immediately cease all offensive operations in Abyei and withdraw its forces from Abyei. Failure to do so could set back the process of normalizing relations between Sudan and the United States and inhibit the international community's ability to move forward on issues critical to Sudan's future. Both sides must follow through with implementing the Kadugli Agreements of January 13 and 17, including the withdrawal of all unauthorized forces in Abyei. The United States calls on President Bashir and First Vice President Kiir to meet immediately and agree on a way forward that restores calm, upholds the CPA, and recommits both sides to a negotiated political settlement on the future status of the Abyei Area."

You can also read the statement here.



Khalid A.
United Kingdom
May 23, 2011

Khalid A. in the United Kingdom writes:

The most important thing now is not to inflame the situation. The Sudanese Government has stated that the army will withdraw. Terms for such a withdrawal should not be difficult. We already have the Kadugly Adreement which both parties accept. Both President Bashir and his Southern counterpart have declared that a return to war was out of the question. Both accept a UN role.

New Mexico, USA
May 23, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Maybe it's about time to accept the notion that once a leader has been indited by the ICC for crimes against humanity it serves no good purpose to delay in serving the arrest warrant, for there can be no lasting peace as a result of a genocidal maniac remaining in power.

May 23, 2011

Kenneth in Nigeria writes:

ICC should arrest President Bashir of the north Sudan.

james b.
Missouri, USA
May 23, 2011

James B. in Missouri writes:

I belive its a failed state and should be overthroughn if the cease fire is not met

then all trade should stop sanctions and a rational democratic govenment and elections should be held and it would be amazeing

Catherine C.
Ohio, USA
July 25, 2011

Catherine C. in Ohio writes:

We have a team from Ginghamsburg Church traveling to Juba, South Sudan this week. I would like to include the physical address of the US Embassy in Juba, just in case they have any issues.


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