Statement on the Attack on Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Kuol Deng Kuol and UNISFA

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
May 5, 2013


The United States strongly condemns yesterday's attack on a convoy of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and a delegation of the Ngok Dinka, which resulted in the tragic deaths of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Kuol Deng Kuol, an Ethiopian peacekeeper, and possibly others. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims' families, to the Ngok Dinka community, to the people of Ethiopia, and to the United Nations and hope for the full recovery of two wounded peacekeepers.

We urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint in the coming days and weeks and to use the mechanisms in place, including the Joint Security Committee, to ensure an expeditious, effective, and transparent investigation of the circumstances of this terrible incident. The perpetrators of this attack must be arrested and held accountable.

Paramount Chief Kuol Deng Kuol was pursuing a negotiated agreement for Abyei just minutes before the attack. His memory and that of the UN peacekeeper who died protecting others can best be honored by redoubling efforts to end the violence and find a lasting solution to the status of Abyei. Those committed to peace will continue to have a partner in the United States.

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PRN: 2012/065