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South Sudan blames Khartoum for postponing Abyei meeting


By Ngor Arol Garang

March 25, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Sunday blamed Khartoum for postponing a joint meeting scheduled to have taken place 22-23 March regarding the disputed territory of Abyei, a senior official said on Sunday.

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Luka Biong August 4, 2011 (Credit: Jonathan Hutson, Enough Project)

The meeting was supposed to have worked towards improving the security situation along the north-south border areas.

Luka Biong Deng, a co chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee representing the Republic of South Sudan said Sudan had once against postponed the meeting agreed to have been convened in the border contested town of Abyei this week without giving an alternative date.

“This is the third time it has been postponed and it has been postponed indefinitely this. No date has been picked”, Biong told Sudan Tribune.

Biong said that the meeting was “very important” because it was going to examine achievements made from the previous meetings and to discuss way forward on how to facilitate return of displaced people and seasonal migration through the area by Arab nomadic tribe the Missiriya.

It was Juba’s refusal to accept Khartoum’s demand that the Misseriya take part in a self determination vote in January 2011 that has led the status of the area remaining unresolved.

Abyei, was to hold a plebiscite simultaneous to South Sudan’s independence referendum but the the failure to agree on which groups were resident in the area, meant it did not go ahead.

South Sudan insists that the Dinka Ngok are Abyei’s permanent residents, while Khartoum insisted that the Misseriya, who enter the region seasonally with their cattle should also be granted a vote.

“There are a lot of nomads currently in the area wanting to move further south of Abyei with their cattle and there are also people returning to their areas”, said Biong explaining that managing interactions between the communities was one issues of the meeting had wanted to discuss.

Sudan’s military moved into the region in May 2011 following an attack on a convoy of theirs in the are by southern forces. Thousands were displaced and large areas burnt and looted.

Negotiations between the two-sides in Addis Ababa in Juba led to an agreement to allow UN-mandated Ethiopian peacekeepers into the region to oversee the withdrawal of both the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and armed groups aligned with - or part of South Sudan’s SPLA.

However, the ability for United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) to operate effectively is being hindered by Khartoum’s refusal to sign the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Biong says.

At an event at the Overseas Development Institute 14 March he made same point by video link but praised his northern Sudanese counterpart on the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee for having a genuine desire for acting in the interests of the northern nomads that rather than the wishes of the Khartoum government.

The Sudanese Ambassador to the UK who attended the event in London refused to answer why Khartoum had not signed the SOFA when asked to clarify the government’s position on SOFA, highlighting that the Misseriya must be involved in any referendum.

Biong said on Sunday that both the UN and South Sudan government was ready to sign the agreement.

“The signing of this document is very important because it legalise the mandate of the peacekeeping forces of the United Nation. Otherwise they are vulnerable when carrying their activities in the area”, he said

The former cabinet minister further said the postponed meeting was also due to examine how oil produced in the area could be used to fund police services and the local administration.

Another area the meeting was supposed to address was the issue of security so that it can see how best it could be addressed in line with recommendations provided for in the June 2011 Addis Ababa agreement.


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  • 26 March 2012 08:00, by George Bol

    Abyeii issue is the priority of the SPLM/Goss. Without Abyei, evrything will be penyamok!

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    • 26 March 2012 09:29, by Diu J.Kuek

      George Bol
      Now is coming to your sense that Abyei must be a part of SS and you was flop and flip yesterday just because the Israel Ambassador meet with VP.
      Please the details of this bilateral cooperation no need to be told just be patience victory is coming Abyei must be return by all means but let the people of Abyei Area working hard too. they sold this land just for small interest of one famil

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  • 26 March 2012 08:01, by SeekingTruth

    It’s too bad for those Southerners who have been dancing few days back pretending the Arab were now negotiating in good faith are watching all these events unfall.
    It’s as quick as a blink of an eye for an Arab to dishonoured anything! After the oil started flowing towards north territory again u will see how devastating these people are. Just watch!

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    • 26 March 2012 09:47, by Daniel Buolmawei

      There’s nothing called good faith with fake Arabs brother. Watch the language carefully. When they are faced with criticisms in Khartoum, their answers are always that the deal isn’t done yet until terms are defined. What’s that mean? They continue to show there’s hidden side for the "four freedoms" agreement. If Salva let himself be fooled during the upcoming meeting in Juba, we will depose him.

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    • 26 March 2012 12:46, by Anti Dinka’s

      To my Bro SeekingTruth

      You have seen the upsolute dark side of Khartoum
      is A Troupe

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      • 26 March 2012 17:59, by Hardball

        North Sudanese, you need to be in control of the Kordofans, Blue-Nile and Darfur. How could you claim to own Abyei when you’re not in control in those areas?

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  • 26 March 2012 08:18, by Northern Sudanese

    Abyei is sudan’s land not south sudans.

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    • 26 March 2012 10:03, by Anynya One

      Yes Abyei is Sudan Land. Where is Arab Land???

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    • 26 March 2012 10:27, by morogot batal

      northern sudan

      - sudan mean black not arabs nor british neighter american.
      - abyei very soon will be the fire zone of seting you out of sudan.
      - northern part of sudan was given by mistake coz you arent sudanese black
      - if british are the one gave you permission to become sudanese, then let them prepare for you a piece of land in londom but not sudan..your seconds are on the run..

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      • 26 March 2012 14:01, by Anynya One

        Thats it Morogot,

        Yeah...hahahahah London is going to give Arab a piece of Land soon. Hey Arab crab, I feel sorry for you Arabs coz Britain lied to you and hand you someone place by mistake!!! Arab Exodus has come!

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    • 26 March 2012 10:38, by Abyei Soil

      Penyamok sakit! Khartoumers are working day &night to overtake Abyei from its direction. Only Abyei youth will work out this primitives minds of Jallaba. If you’re [ABYEI SONS & DAUGHTERS] not working hard and unite to work jointly, Abyei will go.

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    • 26 March 2012 14:13, by peter Marial

      Sorry Jalaba man to say "Abyei is not South Sudan land." We south Sudanese are people of God and we believe in peace and with war, we never.So if we may take up arms for Abyei it will be a matter of half day.Don’t joke with South sudan’s territory!!!which arab land carries the name Abyei if you are not loving at us???????

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    • 26 March 2012 16:25, by zulu

      Northern Sudanese,
      Now you see the sense of why South Sudan will build its embassy in Jerusalem. Like Jerusalem, Abyei has been taken by the Muslims and Arabs as theri region. This will not happen however as long as long you continue to occupy it, because we will wipe you out soon.

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  • 26 March 2012 08:29, by George Bol

    North ,
    Whether you are food lover or nyamnyam"dor" like Jallaba, you will accept the problem of Abyei like you did to the CPA.

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    • 26 March 2012 09:58, by peace seeker

      (you will accept the problem of Abyei like you did to the CPA.)
      That will never happen George.I assure you that!

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  • 26 March 2012 09:32, by Konan

    Luka Biong Deng is working hard to sabotage the negotiation being led and carried out in Khartoum by the real leader of South Sudan Pagan Amum (not the nut abu Tagia). Many Dinka from his community migrated again to Abyei and claimed Sudan nationality. I urge Mr. Luka Biong to hurry up and join his people before it is too late.

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    • 26 March 2012 09:54, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Konan, there’s no way out brother. Either you surrender or accept reality. You will never, never win against South Sudanese. The bad things for you norrtherners, you never listen until you see things before your eyes, too late and inevitable.

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      • 26 March 2012 10:21, by Konan

        Daniel Buolmawei,

        Brother, look who is in Khartoum now waving the white banner.

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      • 26 March 2012 15:53, by Northern Sudanese

        Daniel Buolmawei

        we took Abyei by FORCE and you say that we can’t defeat south sudan?

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        • 26 March 2012 19:23, by zulu

          it is noted that SAF bomb Jau this morning and it was followed by combined militia and SAF ground forces. SPLA repulsed SAF forces and subsequently led to the capture of Heglig this afternoon.
          You rejected PCA and let us see what you got next.

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  • 26 March 2012 12:48, by manyang mawech

    Dinka sold it for food damn.

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  • 26 March 2012 13:05, by Northern Sudanese

    ’we will kick you out’ , ’arab wanna-be’ , ’selfhaters’ , ’return to arabia’ , ’sudan means black (we know, no need to tell us)’ , ’we will destroy the north’ , ’we have oil’ , ’ we have fertile land’ blah blah blah Abyei is north sudans like it or not.......if you want abyei, come and take it......

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    • 26 March 2012 15:58, by Emporio

      @Northern Sudanese

      How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. doesn’t matter you call abyei is north it will never be just olny in your tongue,
      jsut keep dreaming you will be over soon

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  • 26 March 2012 17:36, by acuil deng

    Claiming "Abyei" to be an Arab land by the Arabs is, as bad as, claiming South Africa to be a European land by the whites. Neither the Arabs nor the Whites are indigenous people of Africa; however, Zulu and Dinka are. If "Abyei" have had its referendum, it could’ve been part of our country by now, but the NCP is satanic.

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  • 27 March 2012 05:01, by marie

    George Bol and Emporio
    You people always claim to be liberators of the rest of the tribes and I wonder why you left your brothers Dinak Ngok and Abyei still under Arabs. Dinka Ngok should have been the first people liberated by you liars...food lovers..Arab flip flop...who sabotaged the struggle that resulted to many years. Your lies is being exposed by the events in your areas.

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  • 27 March 2012 08:43, by Baldit

    Abyei’s the land of Dinka Ngok not for misseriya the have no right to vote in any referendum.

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