UK sponsors training course for Abyei joint forces.
Abyei JIU Commander Col. Valentino with course tutor Angus Morris (photo provided by UNMIS)
The five day training was facilitated by the UNMIS Zambian Contingent in Abyei for members of the locally-based Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) and the Joint Integrated Police Unit (JIPU). The course, part of the three-year Abyei Area Activity Plan, was sponsored by the UK government, which also donated a set of 15 radios to enhance JIU communication capacity
Course participants included 30 members of the CPA-established JIU, five members of the Joint Integrated Police Unit (JIPU), formed as part of the Abyei Road Map Agreement, and, five members of the National Security and Civil Administration. The course was delivered by a UK Government's Security Sector Development Advisory Team and focused on conflict management skills including analysis, management, listening and negotiating. Abyei area witnessed fierce fighting that displaced around 50000 people from the disputed area between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Since the peace partners established a joint administration and deployed new JIU and JIPU in accordance with Abyei roadmap signed on June 8. An arbitration tribunal is expected to issue its final decision in June 2009 and determine whether or not the ABC experts exceeded their mandate "to define and demarcate the area of the Nine Ngok Dinka Chiefdoms transferred from Bahr el Ghazal to Kordofan in 1905". At the closing ceremony, 4 November, UNMIS Abyei Head of Office, Chris Johnson said: "We remain hopeful that such a course delivered to the JIUs will provide them with the necessary tools to help bring peace and stability to Sudan". (ST)
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