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UNISFA - United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

UN Security Council Resolution: 1990 of 27 June 2011

Location: Abyei Area, Sudan

Headquarters: Abyei Town

Duration: June 2011 to present


UNISFA’s mandate is to demilitarise and monitoring peace in the disputed Abyei Area, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan.

According to the UNISFA website:

The Security Council, by its resolution 1990 of 27 June 2011, responded to the urgent situation in Sudan’s Abyei region by establishing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The Security Council was deeply concerned by the violence, escalating tensions and population displacement.

The operation will monitor the flashpoint border between north and south, and is authorized to use force in protecting civilians and humanitarian workers in Abyei.

UNISFA’s establishment came after the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarize Abyei and let Ethiopian troops to monitor the area.


UNISFA - United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei


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