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TEXT: North and South Sudan agree to demilitarize Abyei

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June 20, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) — Sudanese government led by the National Congress Party and the southern Sudan ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement agreed today to demilitarize the contested area of Abyei where Ethiopian peacekeepers will be deployed.

The agreement to withdraw the northern and southern troops was signed today Monday in the Ethiopian capital where the parties held directs negotiations brokered by the head of the African Union’s High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, Thabo Mbeki.

Attached is the full text of the deal.

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Temporary Arrangements for the Security and Administration of Abyei
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  • 20 June 2011 21:14, by Nhomlawda

    Good development
    GOS and GOSS should ensure that all other contentious issues are also handled amicably specially South Kordufan and Blue Nile States’ conflicts plus border issues.
    All Sudanese people need peace and no one should deny them that opportunity to live in peace.

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    • 21 June 2011 06:10, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now
      south sudan will be a better place on earth.

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    • 21 June 2011 06:35, by Meendebai

      Hi all,

      I’m very cynical of this latest agreement! And I belived it’s not going to hold either. And this is something of great concerns to any of us, since we all knows their true colours. Otherwise, it’s good for calming the situation right now instead of the status quo.

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      • 21 June 2011 07:15, by Mr. Truthteller

        "Too many agreements dishonoured" in Sudan. I hope it will hold, or Bashir may decide to violate it before Ethiopian troops are deployed in Abyei. I don’t trust paper agreements in Sudan. Other actions must be applied.

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  • 20 June 2011 21:41, by Madut Tong

    My hope is that this agreement will be implement and not being exposed to abortion like any other agreements. And I want to thanks the two parties for reaching taking the situation to this end. hoping that the citizens of Abyei may go back to their homes in Abyei until the referendum comes. there is nothing that can be solve through war, only chaos and disaster. May the same agreement happen in south Kordofan and Darfur regions.

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  • 20 June 2011 21:47, by Big Deng

    This is pathetic for Khartoum.www.bbc.com firstreported it, then I saw it on www.didingapost.com Now here. Okay I belive it now.

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  • 20 June 2011 22:51, by mohammed ali

    Even it is too late , it is still great. I feel very sorry for the lost lifes from all sides , for the unnecessary blood shed, for the tension and lost of the much needed resources , for the sufferings of the poor, the child , the needy and the ill.

    Though it is most welcomed, it is still a big shame that we couldn’t reach such a very simple agreement, which could have been done in 10 minutes over a cup of tea in a an amicable and friendly enviorment and a good faith and due respect to human life from the south and the north.

    Let us support peace and refrain from hatred wheather it is political, ratial , ethenic or tribal. Hatred will burn us all, will ruin us all. The people of Sudan south or north are going to live close to each other for centures to come, let us offer them hope, love and peace.We can still have our differences which should not stop us from respecting each other.

    May god bless those who work sincerely for peace among our people. May he give peace to those who lost their life in his eternal heaven and console those who lost their loved ones.He is the most great and most graceful.

    Peace and only will always prevail.

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    • 20 June 2011 22:59, by Khartoum92

      This is very nice from you, I share the same sentiment, but what you stated to southern Sudanese is just nonsense they wanna sucker punch you but when you turn around they call foul

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      • 20 June 2011 23:10, by mohammed ali

        Khartoum,

        Let us call for Peace , because Peca is Allah, is God.

        Southerner do mistakes as well as us. We are all human and we ALL do mistakes.

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        • 21 June 2011 00:46, by Nhomlawda

          M. Ali
          I think you should be put in charge of Sudan Islamic Shura Council (that highest council of Islamic scholars in Sudan) to help in un-radicalizing extremists in Khartoum and North Sudan elsewhere.
          You message is appealing and if all northerners had repented like you in 2005 and begin to see a bigger picture of Sudan, Sudan might had not been divided now.
          Work hard for peace in order for North Sudan to remain united.

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        • 21 June 2011 06:37, by Lorolokin

          Mohammed Ali,

          I can’t believe my eyes when I read your positive comment this time.As you have said it out we need peace coz peace itself is God.
          THE QUESTION IS WILL BASHIR HONOUR IT ?

          Kinkak

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      • 21 June 2011 09:37, by Liberal

        Dear Khartoum,

        No matter how negative or prestige you are to Southerners, you remained a thug and rubbish according to my perception about you.

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    • 21 June 2011 07:34, by Madut Tong

      Mohamed,

      I thank and appreciate your optimistic attitude, some southerners who know nothing about northerners safe the rumors they hear from others don’t believe that their are good people in the north Sudan along side the bad ones, as it is also in the south. What we need in order to get along well as neighbors is clear communication and understanding. I appreciate your comments on human nature because some believe that their people are as good as angels which is not true. humanity is weak in many areas that’s why we need each other’s affirmation on whatever we do. I hope that peace seekers in the north and the south will work hard to achieve peace in the region. That’s the only way we can advance in development and see clearly the corrupt leaders who do not deserve to hold positions in the south. Thank you.

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  • 21 June 2011 01:31, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Khartoum establishment must now be asked to why they sent gamgs of soldiers to loot, maim, displace and clear Abyei of its ancestral inhabitants. They should not walk free over all crimes committed in South Sudan, Abyei, Nubalands, and Darfur. Yhey must pay for being military criminals.

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  • 21 June 2011 03:17, by Young

    Anways let’s see whether it will be perfectly implemented or will it be just like others past agreements because this Arabs(Khartoum) traders are very arrogant,they just sign some documents and later when came to implementation they don’t shame on them.Your days are expiring in the Sudan i will never ever ever pretend to like you Arabs with that stupid islamic faith of killing killing.

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    • 21 June 2011 06:53, by Mach Achiek

      Dear readers,

      No way out for the NCP but peace.

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  • 21 June 2011 11:31, by Sam.Eto

    I DONT IF YOU GUYS CAN READ OR NOT.

    But the agreement clearly states that Abyei is part of the North -

    ’The 1 january 1956 line between the North and South will be inviolate, unless changes as a result of the outcome of the referendum ....’

    Inviolate - i.e not violated. So its clear, when South Sudan seceeds - Abyei will not.

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    • 21 June 2011 13:15, by Janafil

      Osam,Eto
      I think your point don,t need to be discuss now, may be after the celeberation of the independent of the South after 9 July.

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