This morning, the United States voted in favor of UN Security Council Resolution 1990, establishing the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). We are pleased that the Council acted swiftly—and unanimously—to adopt this resolution, which will contribute to ensuring that the agreement both parties reached can be implemented immediately and effectively. This robust peacekeeping presence is an essential part of the viability of these security arrangements to demilitarize Abyei and create conditions for a lasting political settlement.
Now only days away from the date of independence for South Sudan, it is imperative that the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan live up to their responsibilities. The Government of Sudan must prevent any further escalation of this crisis by ceasing its military actions immediately. We remain deeply concerned by ongoing attacks by Government of Sudan forces in Southern Kordofan and strongly condemn all acts of violence. The Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North must agree immediately to a ceasefire in Southern Kordofan and end restrictions on humanitarian access and UN movements.