United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the recent violence between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities in the Kolom area of Abyei, a border town currently in the Abyei Area that is disputed by Sudan and South Sudan.
"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the recent violence between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities in the Kolom area of Abyei, which resulted in the death of approximately 30 civilians, including children," according to a press statement issued by the Security Council.
The members of the Security Council called for an immediate cessation of violence against civilians.
"The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims. The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured," said the statement.
The Council members welcomed reports that the governments of Sudan and South Sudan committed to deescalate tensions and jointly investigate the violence.
They called on the two sides to coordinate an investigation without delay with the assistance of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and stressed that those responsible must be held accountable.
The Council members also encouraged the African Union, the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), and the UN Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa to intensify their mediation roles with the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to establish temporary administrative and security arrangements for Abyei and to achieve a political solution for the status of Abyei.