Abyei — Around 700 South Sudanese police officers will begin withdrawing from the disputed border area of Abyei on Monday following last week’s UN security council resolution and the African Union‘s road map.
Deputy chairman of the advisory committee for Abyei, Luka Biong told Radio Dabanga that police will begin to leave the area today, as the roadmap has been approved by Juba, the civil society and Abyei’s native administration.
He said the withdrawal will be fully completed by May 9, a week before the UNSC‘s deadline of May 16.
Biong added that local residents expressed worry at the power vacuum that will be created by the withdrawal.
However the deputy chairman said UN Ethiopian peacejkeeping forces will start to deploy to the area from today.
He also called on the international community to issue tough sanctions against the government in Khartoum if it does not withdraw from the area, noting that the people of Abyei are desperatelt awaiting the UN‘s new strict measures.
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