The Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) conducted a joint reconnaissance on 10 December to identify and mark the exact JBVMM fourth team site location in Abu Qussa.
The Abu Qussa team site has been marked comprehensively on the map by the Joint Recce Team, a vital step in the implementation of the JBVMM and stakeholders mandate. The Joint Recce Team was comprised of UNISFA staff, National Monitors from Government of Sudan and South Sudan, and United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
Once established, the site will facilitate effective monitoring, verification, and investigation of the Safe De-militarized Border Zone (SDBZ).
In September 2012, Sudan and South Sudan agreed to establish the SDBZ that would run 10 km along either side of a center line.
As part of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2024, UNISFA was mandated to carry out within its authorized capabilities and within an expanded operational area to include the SBDZ, JBVMM headquarters, sector headquarters, and team sites.