UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has raised concern about “trust deficit” between the two main communities in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan.

UN Peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has raised concern about “trust deficit” between the two main communities in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan.

Lacroix told the Security Council at UN headquarters, New York that trust between the two communities had continued to be a great concern.

He urged the Council to extend its mandate for another six months, through October 15.

The Force has supported dialogue between the nomadic Misseriya and pastoral Ngok Dinka communities, including to address incidents of violence that occurred in recent months.

Last week alone, 29 people were killed, and 30 wounded, in intercommunal clashes.

He said the government of the two countries should renew their engagement while UNISFA continued its community engagement, stepped up patrols, and encouraged use of conflict resolution mechanisms.