Situation in Abyei, Sudan

Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 14, 2009

The United States calls on both parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) – the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – immediately to prepare for the implementation of the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration panel in The Hague, expected on or about July 22. Measures include a readiness to implement fully the Court’s decision, to disseminate widely accurate information about the decision, and to take the necessary steps to eliminate opportunities for violence in the region, as were seen in May 2008.

The Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army must avoid confrontation and allow the United Nations Mission in the Sudan freedom of movement throughout the area. While the members of the international community will be on hand in Abyei to witness the announcement of the panel’s decision and to assist as appropriate with its implementation, it will ultimately be the responsibility of the two parties to ensure lasting peace, stability and security in Abyei, as well as continued implementation of the CPA.

PRN: 2009/722