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Kiir directs Warrap, Abyei to implement Wau Peace Resolutions

Author: Michael Daniel | Published: Monday, May 1, 2023

From Left to Right: Dr. Chol Deng Alak, the Chief Administrator of Abyei Administrative Area, and Hon. Manhiem Bol Malek, the Governor of Warrap State - Credit: Office of The President - April 29, 2023

President Salva Kiir has directed authorities in Warrap and Abyei Administrative Area to implement the Wau Peace Resolutions that include cessation of hostilities and free moments of people and goods.

The talks held in Wau last month centred on four points including the cessation of hostilities, the free movement of people, the withdrawal of armed youth allied to warring parties from neighbouring communities, and the creation of a buffer zone.

The conference aimed to resolve the intermittent violent conflict between the neighbouring communities.

However, traditional leaders from Abyei rejected a communique on Thursday over the inclusion of territory under the protectorate of UN forces as part of the buffer zone.

Speaking after meeting President Kiir at the weekend, the governor of Warrap State, Manhiem Bol also said the head of state directed the deployment of SSPDF forces between the two areas.

“He [Kiir] called the two sides to implement the cessation of hostilities between the conflicting communities. He [Kiir] also asked them to open work on the road that comes from Abyei to Warap,” Bol said.

“The President asked that those allies who come from different states, especially from Unity State to join them on the other side to return to their areas,

“The president told the two communities of Twic and Ngong to let them go back and solve their problem on their own,

“The first directive from the president is that there is going to be the deployment of the SSPDF forces in the middle and that place will be the buffer zone.”

For his part, the governor of Warrap described the situation between the neighbouring communities as calm.

According to him, business activities have resumed in the area.

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