Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member body also extended, for the same duration, UNISFA set out in the resolution that authorized UNISFA’s deployment in 2011.
The UN Security Council, by its resolution 1990, responded to the urgent situation in the disputed region of Abyei by establishing the UNISFA in June 2011.
UNISFA’s establishment came after the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarise Abyei and let Ethiopian troops monitor the area.
Abyei, according to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) provides that the contested territory remains part of Sudan until the organisation of a referendum determines its fate.
The difference over who will participate in the referendum prevents the two countries from holding the referendum.