UN wants more troops in Sudan flashpoint region
Sudan - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon wants more troops to be deployed to the disputed region of Abyei. The call comes as tribal tensions once again flare in the region.
Two weeks ago a Ngok Dinka paramount chief was killed by the Misseriya tribesman in the presence of troops from the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei.
Clashes between the Misseriya and the Ngok Dinka tribes reignited. The Misseriya have links to north Sudan and the Ngok Dinka’s are linked to South Sudan.
Another prominent tribal figure was reportedly killed near a UN base in the Mulmul area.
These deaths have sparked outrage amongst the Ngok Dinga tribe.
The UN Security Council is now worried, and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says rival groups “remain armed, hostile and highly distrustful of each other.”
Ban has called the Security Council to send an additional battalion of 1,100 troops to the area.
The Abyei region, which is rich in oil and also provides arable land for grazing, has brought Sudan and South Sudan to the brink of war several times - both countries lay claim to the region.
A referendum will be held in October to determine the status of Abyei.