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Cablegate: Sudan; Prst On Situation in Abyei

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OO RUEHGI RUEHMA RUEHROV RUEHTRO
DE RUEHC #3498 1641727
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O P 121719Z JUN 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 2149
INFO DARFUR COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS STATE 063498

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPKO PREL SU
SUBJECT: SUDAN; PRST ON SITUATION IN ABYEI


1. This is an action request. USUN is requested to
circulate to the Security Council a draft PRST concerning
the situation in Abyei. Text of proposed draft follows in
paragraph 2 below.

2. BEGIN TEXT:

Presidential Statement on the Situation in Abyei

The Security Council welcomes the June 8 Road Map For
Return of IDPs and Implementation of Abyei Protocol
between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's
Liberation Movement describing a plan for the return of
internally displaced persons and implementation of the
Abyei Protocol. We underscore that peaceful resolution of
the situation in Abyei is vital to the effective
implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and
peace in that region, and we urge the parties to use the
opportunity created by the signing of the Road Map to find
a final political settlement to support sustainable peace
in the region, including resolution on issues such as the
Abyei boundary and revenue sharing.

The Security Council regrets the recent outbreak of
fighting in Abyei and the ensuing displacement of
civilians and untold human suffering. We urge the parties
to resolve the Abyei dispute by peaceful means and avoid
further conflict.

The Security Council encourages both parties to pursue the
actions outlined in the Road Map For Return of IDPs and
Implementation of Abyei Protocol, in particular the
establishment of an Abyei Area Administration; deployment
of a new Joint Integrated Unit Battalion; unfettered
access for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS);
and redeployment of the Sudan Armed Forces and Sudan
People's Liberation Movement troops outside the interim
Abyei administrative area agreed to by the parties. It is
imperative that the parties move forward without delay on
the arrangement for a final settlement as outlined in the
Road Map For Return of IDPs and Implementation of Abyei
Protocol.

The Security Council reiterates its deepest concern for
those persons affected by the recent violence in Abyei.
The Security Council stresses the importance of
international support for the return of displaced persons
to their homes, a political process, and the arbitration
process set forth in the Road Map. We call for UNMIS,
within its mandate, to deploy forces vigorously in and
around Abyei and to help reduce tensions and prevent
escalation of conflict through well-considered strategic
deployment and highly responsive tactical movements in
support of implementation of the Comprehensive Peace
Agreement, and we emphasize that an effective UN force in
Abyei is crucial for security in the region. The Security
Council requests the Secretary General review the role of
UNMIS in the lead-up, during, and following the exchange
of fire between parties in Abyei in May 2008 and consider
what follow-up steps may be appropriate.

END TEXT.

3. Department appreciates Mission feedback and assistance
in this matter.
RICE

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