Home | News    Tuesday 21 July 2009

UN may use force in Sudan’s Abyei to protect civilians


July 20, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The UN peacekeepers present in Sudan’s disputed region of Abyei will use force if necessary to protect civilians, its top official said today.

On Wednesday the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague will deliver a highly anticipated ruling on the borders of Abyei and the fate of the oil fields in the region as either being part of North Sudan or the South.

Many inside and outside Sudan fear that the court’s decision may spark violence particularly for the side that feels the ruling is unfavorable.

“We do have in our mandate a Chapter VII paragraph….with regard to protection of civilians. We are mandated to protect civilians who are in imminent danger of physical harm within our capabilities and in accordance with our mandate without prejudice to the primary responsibility of the two governments, the GoSS [Government of Southern Sudan] and the government of Sudan,” said the UNSG Special Representative for Sudan Ashraf Qazi.

“That is Chapter VII obligation within our mandate and we will fulfill that. However, we must never loose sight of the fact where the primary responsibility lies. That was the case last year and will be the case this year also,” Qazi added.

However he added that reinforcements had been sent to beef up the existing peacekeeping force in the district as a precaution.

Last year, fighting erupted in the town between GoS and GoSS forces killing dozens and displacing 50,000 from their homes.

The former US special envoy to Sudan Richard Williamson, who visited Abyei after the fighting, accused UN peacekeepers of hiding in their barracks during the fighting instead of protecting Sudanese civilians in line with their mandate.

The UN initially rejected the charge but the world body later issued a report stating that “lessons” were learned from the way peacekeepers acted during the incident.

Qazi today stressed the importance of the commitment of both sides to peaceful implementation, which “they have reiterated in a number of occasions”.

The US special envoy Scott Gration, who is currently in Sudan, is scheduled to fly to Abyei the day before the decision by the PCA is rendered.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 21 July 2009 05:09, by oshay

    Yes I hope the UN uses all mean necessary to protect civilians from the trigger happy undisciplined drunk and soon to be disgruntled SPLA soldiers.

    repondre message

    • 22 July 2009 00:45, by Malakal

      Human being! the creator of evil and good; thanks to the British who help to create the Abyei problem. This Wednesday the Sudanese people will be entice in to perhaps another civil war once again, blood could be shed many innocent lives could be lost. The western countries will continue to suck the blood of innocent victims; as they carry-on their so called "democracy" which in fact is a modern method for regulating the continuation of exploitation. if it was not because of the British; the Nothern Sudan which is pre-dominately muslim and self-proclaimed Arab decedents should never has even considered Abyei anything of thier interest. Since the smart evils shown it to them and revealed it to them as a source of edible, it has became the Marianas Trench of conflict between the South and the North Sudan.

      As a Southern Sudanese, I think Abyei should be ruled part of the South, otherwise less is resolved by trying and push these Dinkas North, were majority considered themselves pround Arabs.

      repondre message

  • 21 July 2009 05:46, by Jamjamez

    Hey! guys lets be careful about the commence of this guy salah Ghazi or who ever he is. He sound like he knows the rulling already. what are the analysis on the ground in Abyei! can somebody gives us heads up?
    Its gonna be history in the life of southern sudanese if they happened to lose the boundary or if the gain, it will be a relieved for us since this northerners are becoming head ache. I dont trust this arabs or this assimilated nubian calling themseves arabs.

    repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 06:10, by Junta

      The So called unmis Boss in Sudan sounds in his stance to protect civilians, however, I doubt him as an individual if really he’s an honest broker. All indications show that he often sides with the trigger happy NCP due to their common fanatical religious beliefs and pro Arab solidarity group that they belong to.Therefore Southerners and Darfuris must watch out against such wolf in a sheep cloth.

      repondre message

  • 21 July 2009 07:39, by BUSTA 2

    I am afraid that there will shed of Blood in Abyei due to the fact that I dont trust Dinkas they may start war in case Abyei is considered to be in the North.

    Please fellow Southernese, why can,t we do a way with Abyei since you have seen the powerful Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) this man has own (Bashir) because any shit you try, will mark anend to Abyei civilians!!

    May God Bless those whom their live is endanger now.

    Brother in Christ,


    repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 08:03, by Gatbentiu

      Ashraf is confusing element who doesn’t know the UN mandate in Sudan,when the fighting erupted out in Abyei last year the UNMIS personnel were in the ground and still the civilians were killed. Ashraf statements in this web site are not helpful to Abyei citizens,he better shut up.


      repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 08:07, by Otong

      Dear Busta,

      I hope you are a real Southerner, because there is no true son of South Sudan who should write this nonsense, Abyei is 100% belongs to South Sudan. If you think that Abyei should be left to go to North because of their Powerful Weapon of Mass Destruction you are wrong brother, Arabs had has this weapons since the start of the SPLM/A but God was with us always that why the Arabs couldn’t defeat us, you should be proud that we have the powerful SPLA to protect our country South Sudan.

      If we leave Abyei to north they will be claming Rank to be part of North, then Juba and all South. Just trust our leaders and most of all put your TRUST IN GOD to give us our right. Remember there will be no South Sudan with out Abyei.


      repondre message

      • 21 July 2009 09:23, by Ajuscommando

        I concur with UNMIS to provide good protection of civilians in Abyei not to die like last year incident. I know very well Khartoum will react since Abyei land is belong to South and they want to take by froce of which it will not happen. There is no day Dinkas of Abyei will be Northerners while the land belong to South. Any way, the God’s of Dinkas and South will protect the right of nine Dinka right through North eyes either belive it or not.
        SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.


        repondre message

        • 21 July 2009 15:26, by mohamad adam

          mr ajoooosman
          congs you have many gods that is wonder full
          pleas pleas who is the strongest among them?
          think and send me his contact or at least his e mail

          repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 10:02, by mathem jech amer

      Dear Busta 2, Famous_Big_Logic_boy and Taposa Boy

      What happened guys? I mobilized and founded my new movement called "Anti-Door Movement" (ADM), which is specification formed to meet muonyjang objectives against Duor but right now it will help SPLA forces in Abyei. I asked you last week to provide me with your ERM for only few days because they are very good in hiding in the bushes.

      I am right now in Jonglei mobilizing Murle and Lou-Nuer and they are on their way to South Kordofan. A big gathering is waiting me at Warrap airstrip to welcome me for a rally and I will travel tonight to attend the weaponry ceremony.

      Please I am waiting your forces (ERM) enthusiastically.

      repondre message

      • 21 July 2009 16:12, by Wadi

        Big lousy bastard,
        It irks to read your idiotic articles.

        You always divert peoples attention to ethinicty and hatred towards one another.

        Grow up boy, no wonder you call yourself a boy, I whish you are gentlemen.

        indeed empty barrels make alot of noise.
        A male tortose is proven in fire.
        Go ahead and start the war, stop barking at a distance.
        you can’t be a patriot and tribalistic at same time, your either premitive and tribalic or a mordern patriotic man thatembraces co-existence as the world enters an err of unity with willingness to join hands and brake barries.
        you are deeply rooted on the past.

        You should be ashame of your self.

        repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 10:37, by Wadi

      Hey Busta,
      I think this is not the right time to belame the chicken when the fox is still around.

      when shall we as southerner ever write rationally. Dinka or equatorians we are all Sudanese faced with a common enemy that we must defeat before we get used as condoms. I am an equatorian, I beleive we got to put our difference aside for a commond aspiration with respect to cultural divercities, only then shall we achieve genuine peace.

      We are talking about wealth and justice here, my people say, if some one wanted to scoop the soil on which you stand, then there is no region to live on-fighting is therefore a necessity becaus we need to exist, it is not a barbaric act, even the west shed blood for that, though not justifiable in their own case.ours is genuine. we have to create a peacefull and prosperous nation for our children, which I beleive should be the positive attitude for all those who claim to be patriots.

      Unfortunately brothers, there is no cure for hatred, living with the Arabs is never an option.
      and compromise Abyei boundaries not an option ethier.

      repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 12:37, by ngor martyn jok

      We need only those who have courage,not interested in cowards.Why can’t we die for Abyei?..If you don’t die today ,when surely would you die.There’s nothing more than the death of Dr john garang’. So,unless Abyei ruling comes in the interest as it belongs ,we will never let go shit.

      It’s better to die for Abyei and owns it......Our interest in Abyei is our land,our people...
      It’s not oil as Omar el bashir puts it as the top priority.
      A leader whose interest is in resources,but not people..

      repondre message

  • 21 July 2009 08:39, by Mabelox

    Dear brothers & Sisters
    If a fight arose in Abyei due to the ruling from Hague,let’s not think that this UN soldiers known as peace keepers will protect our people.Those Army are just here for their own interest(Getting large salaries) and fearing to die.Facts can tell from the first day the so call UNMIS took their mandate after the signing of the CPA.
    1. During the dead of our HERO Dr. JOHN Garang,demonstartions took place in Juba.At that time I am in Juba and the UN soldiers there are the Bangladish.Instead of working together with the government to bring calm, they are about to leave the whole town fearing to be attacked.What kind of a peace keeping mission is that.

    2. Also when the fightings(Mabaan, Malakal....etc) toke out between the militias and SPLM in Northern Upper Nile, this guys (UN Soldiers) are not there to protect civilians, they only appear after all the water had poured down and cannot be reverse.

    3. During the Abyei incident, they were hiding in their confined compounds living civilians on their own.

    Live alone all that is happening in Darfur under this so call peace keepers(UNAMID).
    Ashraf, you guys are not here only to have meetings which always end with resolutions in papers. Your mission is spending alot of money but without any tangible results while talking alot confusing donors that you are serious about your mandate.What which Richard Williamson said last time after the Abyei incident was 99 % true.
    If a question have to be asked; WHAT IS THE REAL MISSION OF UNMIS/UNAMID?
    We need not to depend on those guys (UNMIS) to protect our civilians in Abyei or any where else because they have failed in their mandate


    repondre message

  • 21 July 2009 09:05, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Asharaf Qazi,
    put what you have said to practice, otherwise thing will be worst than the first incident.
    In Khartoum i can see emergency Police Force moving around well prepared whether for that greet incident which is going to take place in order to protect Civilians without partiality or to fight SPLA if the ruling favor South. But its appear that condition is calm here in Khartoum , no one is talking about the issue. But to remind every body, people here know every thing which may happen and are ready for it.

    repondre message

    • 21 July 2009 10:13, by DASODIKO

      Where have you been last year Mr. Ashraf ? Do you want to say that the mandate of Chapter seven is given this year? Dear people of South Sudan do not worry if the Arabs try to wage war again then it’s their end. Only people of Darfur who were fighting these wars; and now they have their own war with their ex-masters; or otherwise NCP might invite the Chinese to fight for them oooups the Chinese are busy with the riots in Xinjiang .

      repondre message

      • 21 July 2009 17:14, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        Dear brothers-Sisters.I fear that Abyei might be given to North 2morrow as a bargain tool by ICC so that the might be seen as a neutral factor by international community because when u look back at Basir & ICC warrant.Its very clear that the ICC could not double its problems with Khartoum govt especially because of Darfur conflicts.Abyei is already Northerner but no one amongst us including me ever accept such a bias.ABYEI BELONG 2 JUNUB OTHERWISE THERE WOULD BE A RETURN TO OUR PREVIOUS BLACKPARTY***!!!!!!.

        repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s uprising is putting the future of al-Bashir’s rule at stake 2019-01-18 01:30:38 By Adil Babikir The buzzword in Sudan these days is tasgut bass. The catchphrase, which translates into “you must go, no matter what”, is echoing in demonstrations across the country calling on (...)

Al-Bashir’s pickaxe underlies economic downfall in Sudan 2019-01-07 19:49:21 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The destructive pickaxe of Omer Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir and his Corrupt Entourage for the three decades are responsible for the Economic Downfall in Sudan and Not due to (...)

The Sudanese Tsunami 2019-01-07 08:01:14 The Only Way Forward is for Bashir to Step Down and a New Interim Democratic Arrangement Put in Place By Yasir Arman On Sunday, 6th of January, Sudan has witnessed one of the biggest (...)


Latest Press Releases

Ethnic Murle politicians say enough to cattle raiding 2018-12-28 09:32:00 December 27, 2018 (JUBA) - Murle political leaders in Buma state have vowed to end the practice of cattle raiding and child abduction by individuals in the community. Jodi Jonglei, who is also (...)

CEPO: South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA): Stop politics of split and focus on R-ARCSS implementation 2018-12-26 09:53:29 26th December, 2018. South Sudan Opposition Alliance internal leadership change frication is disturbing and demoralizing public opinion. The big question CEPO is raising, will SSOA be a strong (...)

Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.