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South Sudan president says Abyei belongs to Dinka Ngok


November 17, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the semi autonomous regional Government of South Sudan on Wednesday said that the oil producing region of Abyei belongs to the nine Dinka Ngok chiefdoms.

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FILE - Sudan’s First vice president Salva Kiir (L) gestures to leaders of the Elders Group in Juba (Reuters)

Kiir’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which governs the south and Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) have so far failed to agree on who is eligible to vote in Abyei’s referendum to decide whether the region will remain in the north or join what could be a newly independent south Sudan.

The south, also an oil producing region, expected to vote to become independent from the north in a simultaneous referendum scheduled to take place in next January.

The last round of talks sponsored by the United States in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in October stalled over the composition of Abyei’s Referendum Commission and voter eligibility.

Addressing the closing session of a two day conference on the ‘urgent popular demand for implementation of the Abyei referendum’ in the south’s capital Juba Salva Kiir said that "Abyei belongs to the Ngok Dinka". He further said the SPLM would not ink an agreement on outstanding issues related to Sudan’s assets, water or oil without concluding a deal on Abyei with the National Congress Party (NCP).

The former South African president Thabo Mbeki and Chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the President Omer Al-Bashir and his first deputy will meet during next week of 22 November to discuss Abyei referendum.

Mebeki further stressed that both parties have agreed to "do everything possible to reach an agreement on this issue as a matter of urgency".

Regarding the future of the cattle herder nomads in the area, Kiir said that South Sudan would be able to provide services to members of the Misseriya tribe in Abyei but would not give them the right to own the land.

Tensions are running high in the region as the referendum is all but certain will be delayed given the impasse. Voter registration for the south Sudan referendum is underway, with voter lists to be finished only days before the vote begins January 9, 2011.

The NCP insists that the Misseriya, most of whom do not live permanently in the region but reside during the rainy season to find grazing for their cattle for a few months each year, should be allowed to vote.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from Juba, Charles Abyei Jok, speaker of the Abyei Area legislative council described the Dinka Nogk conference as very successful and helped bring together both traditional and political leaders from Abyei to consult over the future the region.

"The conference ended successfully today. It brought different leaders from the area. It also saw attendance of our neighboring community leaders. We consulted widely with them," said Jok.


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  • 18 November 2010 05:24, by Anyang

    Got it right Mr President. No compromise,you got to stick to your gun, no matter what the status quo hold.Abyei belong to Southern Sudan.

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  • 18 November 2010 08:33, by DASODIKO

    It does’t need to make any statement about belonging of Abeyei to Dinka. Its African land and it will continue Africans. How can we give African land to those in Saudia Arbia? Will Saudis accept Mecca annexed to any of the Islamic countries let alone Africa?

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  • 18 November 2010 09:24, by Laat Ayie Jal

    Dear Southerners Sudanese,

    I would like to draw your attention to an alarming situation I have encounter while in Rumbek recently. People are not coming out to register. I wonder why? People have been anxiously waiting for this moment in 22 years plus, many comrades have died on the road before they see the sun on January 9th on the rise: Why can you go and register to uplift the spirit of those who died for the cost of this nation? Even people in Diaspora have acknowledged the noble tag on referendum and abstain to vote to avoid the risks of rigging since the counting process is controlled from Khartoum. I thank those in Diaspora who have thought it wise to abstain from registering.

    Our people in South Sudan have to come out and register, the whole world is looking at us to decide our destiny especially after these long wars. If we failed to register enough people, the north may not recognize our independence and the world will look at us as stupid majority and embrace the north decision.

    Please come out and register !

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    • 18 November 2010 14:07, by Covert

      Laat Ayie Jal
      That’s clever but nice try any way in your disguise.
      Just because you have those names doesn’t make you who you really are.

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  • 18 November 2010 14:23, by John M. Atem

    It makes me feel sick in the stomach every time Kiir’s mention the name of Abyei.
    Indeed, Iam growing increasingly sick and tired of hearing people’s mentioning Abyei’s issue when they are doing absolutely nothing to solve it .
    The SPLM should not play with words if they donot want to address this time-consuming issue. If Abyei supposedly belongs to Dinka Angok, then why are we not having Abyei’s Referendum commission?
    Kiir and his materialistic-minded crooked warlords should only care of enrching themselves and send their children to best schools and leave that issue of Abyei which they have miserably failed to achieve alone.
    Folks, what is the point of mentioning issue every time if you are not going to solve it?
    It is critically important to dig into the root cause of the problem, analyze it and prescribe solution to that problem; that is a profesional way of addressing problem. It is becoming Kiir’s a habitual habit to talk about issue and do nothing to solve it. Nobody that I Know want these crooked leaders to continue talking about this redundant time-consuming issue.

    Now, Kiir is saying that the SPLM will not sign other outstanding issues such as assets, water, national debts, citizenship if Abyei’s issue is not comprehensively addressed. Please , please and please leave that frustratingly stupid problem alone. It is frustratingly too late to talk about it. Where were you for last few months? Were you drinking and partying with your mentally-deprived murdereres, thugs and warlords whom you have surrounded yourself with ? I bet you were not.
    Folks, I am not saying surrender Abyei to North, but all Iam saying is that it is too boring and redundant to talk about it if you cannot prescribe solution to it. Yes, I understand Kiir’s growing frustration over the delayment of Abyei Referendum commission, but what else can he do if the National Congress Party donot want to form that body?
    Folks, It is becoming increasingly clear that our crooked leaders have high blood pressure of the words and anemia of the deeds. Folks, since the SPLM has miserably failed to realize the people’s of Abyei political aspirations let them not wast their time talking about it.
    May almighty God creator of heaven and earth bless the long-suffering, abused and forgotten people of Southern Sudan and guided them into glorious promised land of freedom should they choose to become aviable independent political state in the Upcoming Self-determiantion Referendum.
    The writer of this comment is John Atem. He is the orphaned son of late freedom fighter. He has successfully completed Certificates in Agriculture, Peace Education and Diploma in Criminal Justice.

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    • 18 November 2010 15:20, by DeltaBravo

      To Atem
      Please you need to stop disrespecting our leaders while you are in Comfort Zone, they been working hard all their life to make different and there you disrespecting them. it doesnt mean if you are late son of freedom fighter you just running mouth. i lost my father in Torit in 1989 and i dnt brag about it. please stop bullshit. they know very much about Abyei more them the little you know Iam from Aweil and i know the suffering of Abyei and Aweil people has no different during the Liberation Struggle.

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      • 18 November 2010 18:31, by John M. Atem

        Iam not trying to defame and disrespect no leaders. I am exercising my democratic right of speaking my mind. My question to you is: Do you want people to keep their mouths shut if things are not going in the right direction? Indeed, if you are shallow-minded and narrow-minded idiot who see no problem in the Southern Sudan, then you need to keep your mouth shut.
        I have every right as citizen and as an orphan to speak my mind if things are not going in the right direction.
        Indeed, My father and many of his colleagues laid down their precious lives so that we can all be free. They donot want us to continue to suffer as the result of poor political judgement on the part of our current leaders. There is an old saying in English which goes," winking for an unthnical behaviors is an unthnical".
        Therefore, I ardently urge all the people of Southern Sudan to speak their minds if things are not going in the right direction.
        Mr. philistine fool:You need to understand that pointing out political leaders’ error of the way is not a sin unless if your dimwitted head makes you to believe it. Finally, those who donot speak their minds in the time of critical needs are cowards and you are classic example.
        May almighty God creator of heaven and earth bless the long-suffering, abused and long-forgotten people of Southern Sudan and guided them into glorious promised land of freedom should they choose to vote for their separate country in the Upcoming Self-determination Referendum.

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      • 18 November 2010 20:42, by paweetdit

        yea you got right man! The toothless barking bush dog will do nothing with his foolish comment on public web.
        If you are a man then join us in Aniet barrack before referendum results. May God touch your black heart to follow your father foot step in loving his fellow southern sudanese but not***** Anyway its only donkey remain the same though its taken for crossbriding with others on the world.
        BY Maan-Apeth Reech Baai.

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        • 19 November 2010 00:02, by John M. Atem

          You have right to disagree with me, but donot call me no name. What I have said on this website is my personal opinion and Iam entitled to it.

          Again, you have right to disagree with me, but donot call me no stupid name.
          Iam very sure you are not even in that Aniet barack you claimed yourself to be.
          Indeed, as an orphaned son , like so many of my colleagues whose their fathers have been killed during our tedious liberation struggle I have every right to speak my mind if things are not going the right direction. So, please I advised you not to engage in a slanging-match of words with me.

          I have not called nobody names and you should not dare to call me name.
          May almighty God beats that dirty demon out of you and become clean human person who will respect and accommodate diverse political opinions of others.
          Thank you very much. And you have a wonderful day!

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        • 19 November 2010 04:52, by DeltaBravo

          To Paweetdit
          Thanks brother. I think Atem is not expressing his ideas in Democratic way I remember an Quotes from Late Major Diing Well, he say the more difficulties the better we should like. some people think SouthSudan will be build in one day. it took us 22yrs to free ourselves from oppressors in Khartoum and we dnt need to be in hurry on the web site making fool of ourselves ,especially people like Atem barking like a Dog. He dnt know very well about Salva Kiir if our Late leader John Garang is alive today he will explain to Atem who is Salva Kiir .The formation of SPLM/A ,he was intelligent in Malakal if he was enemy of SouthSudan he would have betray Southern Politician.

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          • 19 November 2010 11:14, by Sudani Logik

            John Atem, Just needs help guys!

            If he looked at his own comment, he would realise that he was insulting others but he was quick to respond when insulted. It shows he’s a hypocrite and in need of guidence, may God enlighten him.

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      • 18 November 2010 21:12, by lino

        Hi Brothers,
        Please keep your spirit high the truth is on our side. Solving the problem of Abyei is very simple, only the north doesn’t want to come to their senses. All agreements were signed, Abyei Protocol, International Court Ruling, and the late Sudan’s House of Representatives passed Abyei Referendum Laws. All these agreements guys are confirming that Abyei is for Ngok alone, but other residents will participate in the referendum. Who are those residents? Simple, they are the Ruwng Dinka, Nuer, Awil Dinka, and some people who were living in Abyei Town during the war; if you see these people are not Messeria. Messeria has there own lands in Babanousa and Muglad, and they have nothing to do with Abyei area at all.
        The issue of Abyei and the delaying of the referendum is on the International Community hands. The world knows that there were agreements signed, so why are they confused with blaming the side that is refusing to implement these agreements? They should say where in all these documents signed, the name of Messeria as owner of the Land? The Messeria has only right for grasing...Period.

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    • 18 November 2010 20:16, by paweetdit

      Jonh Atem!! John!!!
      I think its wise enough to read the whole article berfore you comment on it; however, i feel that maybe you are just floating on point, what hell are you talking about!
      Son of orphan or elephant whichever way you like it,it is advisable to use the web correctely but not in that manner.
      Anyway it is hard to advice a fool who doesn’t know that is a fool. May God change the idiot way of taking things .
      Good luck boy!
      Maan-Apeth Reech Baai

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  • 18 November 2010 17:12, by Domke

    Mr. Atem, it’s good that you are concerned. However, I hope you know what it is when people say two sides, attemptinting to reconcile, have reached an impasse. SPLM has not (and will never) succumb to such baseless claims---the name "ABYEI" is not in any way a Misyria name. Diplomatic process needs to be exhaused and this can’t finish overnight. I hope you will be ready to join those in the trenches when it reaches the stage I presume you want.

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  • 19 November 2010 05:15, by Anyang

    Hi folks,

    My querry is to "bodylanguage’s experts", pardon me if Iam little bit bias here guys. To the point, can anyone tell me by looking to the above photo of " president KIIR & Vp RIEK whether they are at odds with one another or they are showing a working mate gesture.Curious to know,becoz Iam especially sick of Vp’s lack of self-esteem whenever he’s with the our president.

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