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North & south Sudan agree to withdraw “all unauthorized forces” from Abyei

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April 14, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – North and South Sudan have agreed to withdraw “all unauthorized forces” from Abyei and form a joint committee to monitor the implementation of an accord signed last January in Kadugli town to ease tension in the hotly contested region.

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Zambian troops of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) patrol the Abyei Area (UN Photo service)

The deal was reached in a meeting held on Wednesday at the Khartoum-based headquarters of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), said the UN body which issued a press release welcoming the agreement and expressing readiness to provide the necessary assistance required to facilitate its implementation.

A text of the agreement seen by Sudan Tribune states that the two sides, the north’s National Congress Party (NCP) and the south’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), had agreed to form a Joint Technical Committee (JTC) consisting of evenly-split army and police units as well as UN representatives.

The JTC’s duty will be to oversee the implementation of Kadugli agreement, including the withdrawal of all unauthorized forces and deployment of Joint Integrated Units throughout the region.

The committee is due to meet in Abyei on April 18.

The status of the oil-producing region of Abyei remains a major point of contention in the implementation of the 2005’s peace deal that ended decades of civil wars between north and south Sudan which voted to form an independent state whose existence is due to be declared in July.

Abyei saw several clashes in the past but violence has recently been exacerbated by the onset of the migration season during which members of the north-backed Misseirya tribe traverse the borders into the areas of the south-linked Dinka Ngok tribe in order to graze their cattle.

UNMIS recently intensified patrolling of Abeyi region in the wake of clashes between Messirya and South sudan police stationed in the region. There have also been reports of military buildups in the region by the north’s Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

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  • 15 April 2011 09:55, by Hero

    100 of agreement without real substance is useless.

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    • 15 April 2011 10:35, by choldit

      You are right hero. I have no idea why we have to accept thier demand to share the administration of this land with them. All the idiots are minging with Southern public funds while the region is being taken.

      Pagan Amum leadership on this CPA peace is yealing nothing and will yeal nothing coz he has no skills in negotiation but street politics. The SPlM need to rethink its choice on this ministerial portfolio even if it means Pagan gets his salary but someone capable of bringing peace should do the work. That is my idea of course. I hope it doesn’t upset the belind followers.

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      • 15 April 2011 16:04, by kuoldit

        Choldit,where are you now? Your politic is on the web but not on the street.Wasn’t it? You are blaming for nothing H.E Pagan Amum Okech.He had already completed his work though there are some pending issues to be address but thru his hard work, Almighty will make him to accomplish.

        All the tricks of jallaba have been learnt already,though they have signed the agreement with Southern Sudanese , you sh,d not worry of the violation it. B,se both side will apply all the means.There is nothing difficult for you to get worry because we are ready with our sticks patroling our region.

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    • 15 April 2011 10:39, by Ezekiel Dau

      You are right bro,i hope it will not work that is not the first time.

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