After years of absence, the Nigerian Base Defence Company, deployed into the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei UNISFA has joined the rest of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force.
A Statement by the Acting Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNISFA, Major General Benjamin Sawyerr says the induction of the Nigerian peacekeepers completed UNISFA’s 8-contingent member troops contributing countries.
During the parade held to commemorate the first anniversary, Sawyerr said the force had achieved its mandate by providing protection to civilians and engaged the two host governments and communities in spite of initial challenges.
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He said the force had encouraged dialogue, supported humanitarian agencies to assist the people and provided support to the two-country teams of Juba and Khartoum to implement the Programmatic Funding Activities.
The commander appreciated the cooperation and collaboration of the local administration and the traditional institutions in forging a peaceful dialogue that would lead to the determination of the final status of Abyei.
(Editor Oloyede Oworu)