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June 4, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government today rejected the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidential statement issued on Friday which called on the North to withdraw its forces from Abyei.

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A aerial view of burnt out and destroyed villages on the outskirts of Abyei town, central Sudan,in this aerial photograph taken May 24, 2011 and released by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) on May 25, 2011 (Reuters)

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) moved on to seize the oil rich region last month in retaliation to an attack on one of its convoys by Southern forces near the area.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir immediately issued a decree dissolving the area’s administrative council without consulting with his First Vice president Salva Kiir who is also the president of South Sudan government.

The UNSC yesterday condemned the takeover and demanded pullout of all SAF units from the area.

"The Council demands that the Government of Sudan withdraw immediately from the Abyei Area. The Council further demands the immediate withdrawal of all military elements from Abyei" said a unanimous formal UNSC statement read out to a meeting of the 15-nation body by Gabon Ambassador Nelson Messone, this month’s president.

The seizure of Abyei by SAF was called a "serious violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement" signed in 2005 between the North and South.

"The Council underscores that failure by the Government of Sudan to comply with and to fulfill the CPA jeopardizes the benefits that could flow from such compliance".

The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti described UNSC statement as "confabulations" saying that whoever drafted it "is living with a mentality of the past".

"We do not need anyone asking us to withdraw from Abyei" Karti told reporters today.

He stressed that SAF was compelled to enter to address the security situation.

"Talking about a withdrawal is acceptable only in the context of an agreement on arrangements to secure the area and to allow all [residents] to live as before, that does not prevent a party from living in an area where he lived for hundreds of years" Karti added.

The top Sudanese diplomat called on the UNSC to support the work of the African Union (AU) panel mediating between the North and South that is headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

Another official in the ruling National Congress party (NCP) headed by Bashir told Reuters that the dispute would be resolved only through north-south negotiations, not pressure from the UNSC.

"This arrangement by government forces is a temporary arrangement. The only solution for the two parties is to find a solution different from referendum or to conduct the referendum," said Rabie Abdel-Aati a senior member of the NCP.

"I don’t see any justification for the United Nations Security Council to be involved" he said.

A referendum on whether it should be part of the north or south was marred by disputes over who should be allowed to vote. The region is used all year by Dinka Ngok people linked to the south and part of the year by northern Arab Misseriya nomads.

The UNSC also expressed concern over the sudden influx of Arab Misseriya saying it condemns "all unilateral actions meant to create facts on the ground that would prejudice the outcome of negotiations,".

A monitoring group known as Satellite Sentinel said satellite images showed "evidence of attacks by armored vehicles and the destruction of villages". It estimated that one-third of civilian buildings in the town were burned by SAF.
The United Nations estimates that around 60,000 have been displaced as a result of the military offensive. Images released showed burning huts and ongoing looting.

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  • 5 June 2011 10:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

    death to Arab and their nuer militia for killing people in south sudan and in Abyei as the are doing the drity work of bashir for long years, shame to nuer missionary of bashir
    death to their leader riekz macharz tenyz dogz

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    • 5 June 2011 15:04, by Machar 2

      Dinka Dominated SPLM man you are very wrong indeed and try to learn more,you are very stupid in nature,Who are those people holding Abyei’s land since? tell me if they are not Dinka Ngok,let us talks about something that can make sense.

      Nuer are Nuer and leave them alone.I have seen you always on this Net making funny and some members warn you several times but its like generated you to make such a things.

      Billiu Puoch warn you many times on this Forum but you don’t have skills of listening,what a Dinka is you?

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    • 6 June 2011 07:29, by Kon Ajith Deng

      I see no difference between Dinka and Dogs,you beat him today,and tomorrow with you,Dinka could not learned from their mistak,if they are human being, I think every things will be good for the South Sudanese during five years ago,even SPLM/A tired from them,now you are calling dead for the wise man Dr. Riak and all Neur leaders,for me I think Neur is going to lead you forever.If not Neur, shilluk will lead you.

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  • 5 June 2011 10:40, by Waucity

    Messeria have no means of living or so the say but to have access to the water and grassing land in Abyei..Well, the Dinka Ngok are the founders of Abyei and without Splm to government them, they have no means of live too..We now see that they have already been displaced out of Abyei by northern government...Thanks, we will make sure that we destroy the fruit of our oil in the North!!!!!!!, better give abyei back peacefully. They say today is your luck and tomorrow is my luck, so this week has been your luck but next will not be.

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    • 5 June 2011 10:44, by mohammed ali

      Waucity,

      Can’t we make tomorrow the luck of all of us!

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      • 5 June 2011 16:55, by Paul Ongee

        The takeover of Abyei by SAF was a premeditated attack. It was something carefully planned before by Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. SPLA cannot lay ambush and attack a SAF’s JIU convoy escorted by UNMIS. The question is why did SAF destroy the strategic bridge linking Abyei and Northern Bahr El Ghazal?

        What kind of security arrangements that Khartoum is talking about that would allow the indigenous to come back but not the Messeriya who flocked only to loot, pillage and burn down the town? If Messeriya are the residents of Abyei, how many were killed during the takeover of Abeyi by SAF? What kinds of property of Messeriya looted by SAF and Messeriya themselves?

        Why is Khartoum shamelessly lying to the whole world that Abyei is now safe for Dinka Ngok to return home while Messeriya people are now given plots to build as quickly as possible? Khartoum needs to know that Dinka Ngok cannot be forced to become citizens of South Kordofan and Messeriya likewise.

        Administrative transfer of Abyei in 1905 to the North should never be interpreted as the transfer of land and its people to the North. CPA has clearly outlined the Abyei roadmap to choose whether the residents of Abyei will continue with their present status or go back to South Sudan after holding Abyei referendum which Omer Hassan Al-Bashir intentionally started violating CPA by “authoritatively including” the rights of Messeriya to vote. This is a violation ever known besides systematic attack on Abyei militarily that initially started in May 2008 simply because he is the one holding the key of getting Abyei referendum held or not.

        Now everything seems to have happened as Khartoum wished but how can Khartoum hold Abyei hostage without holding a referendum or withdrawing from the area? What right does Khartoum have to resettle nomadic Messeriya people in Abyei as it’s happening in Darfur, disregarding the decision of PCA on the borderline agreed upon in The Hague? Is Khartoum seeing it as a mere confrontation with SPLM, but not with regional and international community whose efforts over the drawn borderline in The Hague was accepted by both Khartoum and Juba?

        Despite the track record of signing agreements and dishonoring them, Khartoum must start realizing that the end game is rapidly approaching once and for all. Abyei will have to go back to where it was, but not to where it belongs administratively before signing CPA, disputing ABC report and heading to The Hague. Khartoum cannot violate CPA, ABC and PCA in broad daylight.

        Hence, Khartoum got to prepare for the D-Day if it doesn’t want SAF and all its military equipment to be owned or withdrawn by the forces of logic. Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, remember that your premeditated attack on Abyei has been studied and conclusion reached to deal with it once and for all. The question remains is how will Messeriya appeal for their grazing rights if denied access to pasture by ROSS because of their long history of alliance with Khartoum to kill Dinka Ngok during the war and to displace indigenous people of Abyei after CPA?

        The looming long term economic woes of the North cannot be solved by violating CPA intentionally while amassing troops along the North-South borders, attacking, killing, looting and pillaging or burning Abyei town. It’s a result of reluctance to implement CPA peacefully, honor The Hague’s decision, and demarcate North-South borders as expected within the given timeframe besides conducting popular consultation of the two states of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan on time. I believe Halayed Triangle got more resources than Abyei but Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will also soon back away from visiting Abyei after July 9, 2011. Hold your breath folks.

        Paul Ongee
        Khartoum Watch

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  • 5 June 2011 10:42, by mohammed ali

    Abeyei is not oil rich. ONLY 3000bbd are produced; do you call this oil rich. The disputeis about land, you donnot need to fuel the already tense situation. We should look for a negotiated peacful settlement whic is convenient to both Messerya and Denka.

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    • 5 June 2011 11:36, by Abyei Soil

      Mohammed Ali

      Rich or none rich oil zone you can’t judge us on our land (we’re the landlord & landlady) of Abyei therefore, you can’t tell us what is there or something not there. Looting, burning houses, as a main weapon to displace Abyei dwellers plus influx huge Arabs Misseryia can’t amount a single help to you but just a destruction purposes. You’re the first on the race now but later you gonna be the last mark me there.

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    • 5 June 2011 12:39, by DeltaBravo

      To Mohammed
      The NCP dnt care about both NGOK and Missiryia, they care about OIL in Abyei. second with or without OIL in Abyei still Abyei belong to NGOK DINKA ,Missiryia are just Nomadic people who come to Abyei in every season to such for pasture and grass for their Animals. Same thing within SouthSudan we do thesame in every season we move our Cattles to different parts of SouthSudan for grassing. Why it is very difficult for NCP to understand the situation here?

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    • 5 June 2011 12:47, by Marco A. Wek

      Mohammed Ali I thought you were educated and honest man that tells the truth and by so saying, you know very well Abyei belongs to Dinka Ngok and you very well know Misseriah had over centuries gone to Dinka Ngok’s Kiir (Bahr ) just grazing. You people have been using Bagaras to do your dirty work during the civil war by promising them with Dinka Ngok’s land for their grazing while you people would get the oil from Abyei if those normads and your army were to do wiped out Dinka Ngok. But let me tell you Mr. Mohammed Ali, Misseriah will eventually be the losers because Dinka Ngok had always allowed them to bring their cattle for grazing but Misseriah having agreed to used by Khartoum to fight their oil war on Dinka Ngok had spoiled that good will from all Southerners whose lands Misseriah and Rezagats used for grazing. If Khartoum thinks they would take the land of Dinka Ngok by force by using the tactics they recently used with their allied Misseriah , than they are deadly wrong, South Sudan is just waiting their official date of July 9th and if north wish South to be their Israelis than we will be but they want good neighborhood, then we kindly ask you people not to dig yourselves into a tight hole you will regret.
      South will have all the means to arm itself to the teeth after it’s independent as a means to protect it’s citizens from your aggressions which we have put on with for so long.

      Today’s world strength is not measured by the population you but by the good weaponry you have and south having gone through what you people did to us will always put territorial protection, the number one priority. Your Misseriah will eventually come to apologize to Dinka Ngok for being misled and used by you people or they will give up their nomadic live if they could not be allowed to come to the south for grazing.

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      • 5 June 2011 22:17, by mohammed ali

        Marc,

        I know very well that Abeyei area was part oif south kordufan before 1905 and that was ruling of the Hague.

        Do the Dinka Ngok have right to live? Yes of course they have the right equally like the messeiya ..no more no less. They have been living and mixing together for centuries. It is only , with our fake pride and " nationalism" we spoiled their live? What do we offer them, north or south.Nothing!

        The AU and the US offered 6 solutions which were turned down by the SPLA. Why, because Abeyei sons will loose their control and hegemony over the SPLA if Abeyei becomes neutral and not full part bof the south.It could be an area of integration where people could live together as they were doing for centuries. Up to know messeria go for grazing in the south , they have centuries long agreements.. no problem. The problem is only on Abeyei! The reason is the one I mentioned above . The land is quite big and can take and was taking both of them. They donnot care about Kiir or Basheer or the ICC which you are talking about. They donnot know and donnot want to know about borders, visa, passport and all of the nonsense. Ironically the Europeans only recently removed the visas and borders between them. Centuries ago these so called "uncivilized" people were doing it .

        War is not going to solve the problem. We donnot want war , we donnot need it! Am sure you donnot need it!Unfortunately and sadly there is more than enough killing in the south right now!

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        • 5 June 2011 22:45, by Marco A. Wek

          Thank you Mohammed Ali, yes you know who are the sons of Abyei as you called them but to claim Marahleens of Babanousa as part of Abyei when you don’t even have the gut to call Misseriah marahleens sons of Abyei as you refer to the Dinka Ngok’s sons in the SPLA/SPLM.

          And by the way, what does the WORD ABYEI means in Arabic? We know what it means in Dinka or even in most Nilotic languages.

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    • 5 June 2011 13:16, by rock

      Mohammed Ali;
      no more negotiation let`s frank here and just enjoy this period.
      the aggressive you started will not just left like that.
      if I may ask question; do Dinka Ngok has right in Messerya county? then why Messrya claim what is not right? they were given their traditional right to come for water and grazing and SPLM was the one table their issue of traditional right not NCP.
      so say whatever you want and your plan will never help, and as result messerya will bear the consequence of your aggressive and poor plan of this issue.
      when I told the readers of this site about the Plan of NCP why they sent SAF to attack the Abyei, you oppose it and told me to be reasonable and logic.
      so my enemy is a matter of time. I call you enemy because there is no sign of friendship between us here due to what you are doing guys and i mean what I mean say.
      ROCK !!!!!!!!!

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      • 5 June 2011 21:55, by mohammed ali

        Rock,

        Beating the drums thousands miles awy from Abeyei is not bravery. Come and show yourself on the battle field and how death is sweat , only then we will believe you!

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    • 5 June 2011 15:27, by Supporter of Naath Cause

      Abyei is northern state by law, that is it and will stay the same.

      Ngok Dinka are like any other tribes in Abyei must stop their nuisance and only learn how to live peacefully with other tribes there as they used to do before Garang’s nonsense war of liberation. Nuer justicce says so.

      Let them live the way they have been living since 1905 when Abyei offecially became a northern state before the oil was discovered there.

      If they are not williing to live with other tribes who have been there since
      1905, then let them move to Dinka land in southern Sudan and leave Abyei to those who want to live there. otherwise USA, EU and UNSC will not help.

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      • 5 June 2011 16:56, by Paul Ongee

        The takeover of Abyei by SAF was a premeditated attack. It was something carefully planned before by Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. SPLA cannot lay ambush and attack a SAF’s JIU convoy escorted by UNMIS. The question is why did SAF destroy the strategic bridge linking Abyei and Northern Bahr El Ghazal?

        What kind of security arrangements that Khartoum is talking about that would allow the indigenous to come back but not the Messeriya who flocked only to loot, pillage and burn down the town? If Messeriya are the residents of Abyei, how many were killed during the takeover of Abeyi by SAF? What kinds of property of Messeriya looted by SAF and Messeriya themselves?

        Why is Khartoum shamelessly lying to the whole world that Abyei is now safe for Dinka Ngok to return home while Messeriya people are now given plots to build as quickly as possible? Khartoum needs to know that Dinka Ngok cannot be forced to become citizens of South Kordofan and Messeriya likewise.

        Administrative transfer of Abyei in 1905 to the North should never be interpreted as the transfer of land and its people to the North. CPA has clearly outlined the Abyei roadmap to choose whether the residents of Abyei will continue with their present status or go back to South Sudan after holding Abyei referendum which Omer Hassan Al-Bashir intentionally started violating CPA by “authoritatively including” the rights of Messeriya to vote. This is a violation ever known besides systematic attack on Abyei militarily that initially started in May 2008 simply because he is the one holding the key of getting Abyei referendum held or not.

        Now everything seems to have happened as Khartoum wished but how can Khartoum hold Abyei hostage without holding a referendum or withdrawing from the area? What right does Khartoum have to resettle nomadic Messeriya people in Abyei as it’s happening in Darfur, disregarding the decision of PCA on the borderline agreed upon in The Hague? Is Khartoum seeing it as a mere confrontation with SPLM, but not with regional and international community whose efforts over the drawn borderline in The Hague was accepted by both Khartoum and Juba?

        Despite the track record of signing agreements and dishonoring them, Khartoum must start realizing that the end game is rapidly approaching once and for all. Abyei will have to go back to where it was, but not to where it belongs administratively before signing CPA, disputing ABC report and heading to The Hague. Khartoum cannot violate CPA, ABC and PCA in broad daylight.

        Hence, Khartoum got to prepare for the D-Day if it doesn’t want SAF and all its military equipment to be owned or withdrawn by the forces of logic. Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, remember that your premeditated attack on Abyei has been studied and conclusion reached to deal with it once and for all. The question remains is how will Messeriya appeal for their grazing rights if denied access to pasture by ROSS because of their long history of alliance with Khartoum to kill Dinka Ngok during the war and to displace indigenous people of Abyei after CPA?

        The looming long term economic woes of the North cannot be solved by violating CPA intentionally while amassing troops along the North-South borders, attacking, killing, looting and pillaging or burning Abyei town. It’s a result of reluctance to implement CPA peacefully, honor The Hague’s decision, and demarcate North-South borders as expected within the given timeframe besides conducting popular consultation of the two states of Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan on time. I believe Halayed Triangle got more resources than Abyei but Omer Hassan Al-Bashir will also soon back away from visiting Abyei after July 9, 2011. Hold your breath folks.

        Paul Ongee
        Khartoum Watch

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  • 5 June 2011 10:50, by Manyieldit

    UNSC, should not wast time barking like dog, how many time did Bashir and his NCP party violate the CPA but no action has been taken. Sudan need action but not talk. Bashir need intervention like the one of Libya.

    Manyieldit

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  • 5 June 2011 12:28, by Sam.Eto

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WuoyPJeWs0&feature=relmfu

    The true story of Abyei explained in a rational way.

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  • 6 June 2011 03:12, by Deng Thiak Adut

    My questions to SPLA/M, the pre-contractual steps for CPA: The objection I have in relation to the invasion of the ABYEI land is, that “fear of not reaching 9th of July 2011”; appears to me to be both cowardice and irresponsible by SPLM/A and its leadership and it is impossible to not deny this in present hour, were war inevitable, without insisting that the CPA has forged rights to self protection, right to have separate arms forces and very responsibilities that come with it, which we are enjoying today. The first struggles of ANYANYA (1) and SPLA/M military systems were fix deeply and immoveably the root of all sound and rational liberty, by bringing justice, criminal and civil, to a precise standard.

    How such these horrific deaths, invasions and violation of fellow human beings happened in the watchful eyes of your Excellency President Kirr and His Excellency, vice President Riak Machar? What would you gain from not protecting ABYEI civilian?

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  • 6 June 2011 06:48, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Brothers,time will teach Us all in the near future,events of situation will be different from our thinking at the moment,so let us be careful on what we say regarding Abyei.

    but one thing,what I use to sing or say when I was a small child will surely be a luaghable thing when I grow simply because I was dong what I don’t know that is what Deng Majok did, he was not knowing what we shall called it today.

    UNSC.
    Our president is a man of his words, he said no withdrawal from Abyei that is a clear message, but his Ministers are trying to confuse U in another way round of saying will only move out of Abyei when there is new agreement with the South.

    The Ball is in your side as our president have decided not to move out of Abyei,what is the next step from U is not wait for 2 4 moth to decide such situation or else time will be short tosee Sudan fighting itself in all direction,even Darfur and Kordufan will bring pressure to Khartoum that is why they want to accept peace in Darfur but the battle field are going to be many inccluding Khartoum Capital City.

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  • 6 June 2011 07:26, by Dani

    Brutal north when are going sense what is being told to you by international community. it is obvious that you want more bloodshed but that will never solved the enmity between south and north except by dialogue and reconciliation. mediated by international community. Otherwise south is more powerful than she was and that the international community is also on our side. it is already aware that you treat us brutally, take note and realized what will come to you before it come.

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