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United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei
Established 27 June 2011
Type Peacekeeping Mission
Legal status Active
Headquarters Abyei Town
Website https://unisfa.unmissions.org/

The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) is a United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei, which is contested between the Republic of Sudan and the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. UNISFA was approved on 27 June 2011 by the United Nations Security Council in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1990 after a flareup in the South Kordofan conflict earlier in June 2011.[1] The Ethiopian Army is the largest contributor of personnel, and as of 2018, the only contributor of individual troops.[2]

CommandEdit

UNISFA is run by a Head of Mission and a Force Commander. In the operation's initial years, these positions were held by the same person, but since 2014 they have been split between two people. Since 28 January 2015, the Head of Mission has been Haile Tilahun Gebremariam.[3] Since April 2018, the Force Commander has been Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu.[4]

Head of Mission Years Force Commander Years
Tadesse Werede Tesfay[5] 2011-2013 Tadesse Werede Tesfay 2011-2013
Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam[6] 2013-2014 Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam 2013-2014
Halefom Ejigu Moges (acting)[7] 2014-2015 Birhanu Jula Gelalcha[8] 2014-2016
Haile Tilahun Gebremariam[3] 2015–present Hassen Ebrahim Mussa[9] 2016-2017
Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael[10] 2017-2018
Gebre Adhana Woldezgu[4] 2018–present

Contributing countriesEdit

As of 31 May 2018, the total number of personnel in the mission is 4,571.[2]

Country Experts Police Staff Officer Troops
Flag of Bahrain.svg Bahrain 2
Flag of Benin.svg Benin 2
Flag of Bhutan.svg Bhutan 1 1
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia 2
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 2
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg Burkina Faso 1
Flag of Burundi.svg Burundi 3
Flag of Cambodia.svg Cambodia 1
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic 1 2
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ecuador 1 1
Flag of El Salvador.svg El Salvador 1
Flag of Ethiopia.svg Ethiopia 78 5 79 4,288
Flag of Ghana.svg Ghana 3 4 6
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala 3 1
Flag of Guinea.svg Guinea 1 1
Flag of India.svg India 1 3
Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia 2 2
Flag of Jordan.svg Jordan 4
Flag of Malawi.svg Malawi 1
Flag of Mongolia.svg Mongolia 1 1
Flag of Namibia.svg Namibia 3 4 2
Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal 3 1
Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria 2 2
Flag of Peru.svg Peru 2
Flag of Russia.svg Russia 1
Flag of Rwanda.svg Rwanda 2 3 4
Flag of Seychelles.svg Seychelles 2
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone 1 2
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 5 1
Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania 2 9 1
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine 4 2
Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam 2
Flag of Zambia.svg Zambia 1 1
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe 2 10 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. BBC News – Sudan: UN authorises peacekeepers for Abyei. Bbc.co.uk (2011-06-27). Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "UN Mission's Contributions by Country" (PDF). United Nations. 31 May 2018. pp. 31–33. https://peacekeeping.un.org/sites/default/files/5_mission_and_country_3.pdf. Retrieved 2 July 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Secretary-General Appoints Haile Tilahun Gebremariam of Ethiopia as Head of Mission for Abyei". United Nations. https://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sga1542.doc.htm. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Secretary-General Appoints Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu of Ethiopia as Force Commander for United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases" (in en). https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sga1798.doc.htm. 
  5. UN Chief names commander of Abyei peacekeeping mission, Sudan Tribune, 07-30-2011
  6. "Secretary-General appoints Major General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam of Ethiopia as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)". Press release. United Nations. 12 March 2013. https://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sga1392.doc.htm. 
  7. "Secretary-General Appoints Haile Tilahun Gebremariam of Ethiopia Head of Mission for Abyei | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases" (in en). https://www.un.org/press/en/2015/sga1542.doc.htm. 
  8. "Secretary-General Appoints Major General Birhanu Jula Gelalcha of Ethiopia Force Commander of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei". United Nations. https://www.un.org/press/en/2014/sga1525.doc.htm. 
  9. "Secretary-General Appoints Major General Hassen Ebrahim Mussa of Ethiopia Force Commander, United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei". United Nations. https://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sga1627.doc.htm. 
  10. "Secretary-General Appoints Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia Force Commander, United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei | Meetings Coverage and Press Releases" (in en). https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sga1707.doc.htm. 

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