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ABYEI - 5 Jul 2012

Joint Committee holds first meeting in Abyei

The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) held its first meeting in Abyei on Thursday.
Khair Al Fahim was representing the Sudanese government, whilst Luka Biong negotiated for South Sudan. The commander in chief of UNISFA was also present.

During the meeting several contentious issues were discussed such as the security situation in the area, the voluntary return of refugees to Abyei, Abyei's claim to oil and the formation of a local police force in the area. AJOC expressed its appreciation regarding the work of the Ethiopian forces in contributing to stability and security in the region. The parties expressed their commitment to continue with the meetings on a monthly basis.