France condemns the shooting of Zambian Soldiers in Sudan

France has condemned the attack against a UN mission patrol this week in Abyei, Sudan, which injured 4 Zambian soldiers.

According to statement on the French Diplamatie website, the French government says it commends the commitment of the military contingents made available to the United Nations, whose work is essential to the implementation of the 2005 peace agreements.

France says it is extremely concerned by the recent increase in tensions in the Abyei region.

It encourages the parties to implement the security agreements as swiftly as possible and to withdraw non-authorized troops from the region, in accordance with the commitments made on May 8 at the Joint Technical Committee meeting.

It encourages the parties to swiftly negotiate a solution regarding the future status of Abyei, under the auspices of the African Union High Level Panel, within the framework of the borders defined by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and while respecting the legitimate aspirations of nomadic populations to be able to move freely through the Abyei territory.

France said it shares the concerns expressed by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, regarding the situation in Abyei.


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