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Abyei Arbitration court redefines borders of the disputed area


July 22, 2009 (THE HAGUE) — The Abyei Arbitration Tribunal (AAT) stated today that the experts of Abyei Boundary Commission (ABC) partially exceeded their mandate and redefined the border of the disputed area.

"The Tribunal finds that the ABC Experts’ decisions regarding the eastern and western boundary lines were in excess of mandate for failure to state sufficient reasoning. For the Tribunal, the selection of the western boundary line by the ABC Experts was entirely unreasoned," worded the award of the Tribunal.

Accordingly, the five members’ court in The Hague set new borders for Sudan’s disputed area of Abyei and left control of the Heglig oil field with the northern Sudan.

The Sudanese president had rejected the ABC findings of July 2005 and refused to implement it during more than three years.

After bloody fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in May 2008, the parties agreed on a roadmap to resolve the dispute.

The AAT had to examine the ABC conclusions which awarded the central Sudan region to Juba and to redefine it if they find that the Commission exceeded its mandate.


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  • 22 July 2009 15:57, by Mr Network

    It’s bulshit for the AAT to exceeded their mandate as all our lion share goes to north and that is what we fought for over two 21 years and all those years north’s are stealing and enjoying our wealth,the western are been barbe ny criminal bashir incase he will cause chaos to the entirely citizen,wait time is coming!!!!! you like it or not fox night are there!

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    • 22 July 2009 16:58, by junub

      That was what I was saying that the SPLM’s pledging to comply honestly to whatever ruling of Hague court might makes, will not show any keen of the SPLM will be or was, but rather it will let the court to reverve to amend its decision if the SPLM have just said will not have any problem to what the court will rule. WE LOSE AND THEY WIN IN THAT CASE.

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    • 22 July 2009 18:02, by Duoth

      This is stupid and its all about money given to the so called western justices who tommorrow change their own words inorder to market their Bombs, AK47S Rockets and land mines just to enrich their enconomic with blood of innocent mothers and children of Southern Sudan shame on you westerners, you have prove to us, that you can do any thing ill in the name of money.
      South oyeeiii, Abyei oyeeiiiiiiiii

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  • 22 July 2009 16:46, by oshay

    ahahahahahha yeessssssss thank you justice has finally prevailed. Sorry SPLM , corruption will always catch up with you and now it has gone to a place where they’ll actually do something with it.

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  • 22 July 2009 18:59, by Mr Network

    Shame on Oshay,

    South will take their land ownship back on 2011 when referrendum come you like it or not that is going to happen.

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    • 22 July 2009 19:20, by manyang lual manyang

      Am so sorry and sorry,only to mading deng for to today news, thanks to they communities of southern sudan for their best, only the fuckin mading deng who have sold his ass to arab,s because of money i really donn,t know were will your childrends have voice talk in these generatoing of southern sudan,to they chieps of abyei manding deng have given you,s the bad sham to the world not only southern sudan,to remaind you for the word of dr john sudan will not be the same again,

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  • 22 July 2009 19:39, by J.James

    Are you kidding me!

    What foundamental ligitimate basis had AAt utilized? Does the world still want to burry people of south Sudan yet?

    I totally cann’t believe my eyes yet, I don’t think I still retain my eye sight. I couldn’t believe AAT can dare enough to turn their backs and handed our land relentlessly to the north.

    I am really annoit and frustrated with the all system specially the so called democratization itself.

    Nonscense all!!!!!!!.

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    • 22 July 2009 21:41, by junub

      SPLM have deceived itself in putting the failure people in charge to Abyei case as a qualified negotiators, to Abyei people that it will fight it bone for their right, and to Southern Sudanese people that no matter what, we will and are winning the Abyei case. The Abyei arbitration would have been the first controversial case the SPLM had ever won since its taking of power in the Southern Sudan; among the imperasive loses of ministry of mining, South Sudan census,and many other more. The Abyei arbitration court redefinition of disputed areas isn’t a win-win as the SPLM officail had puts it, no it’s not. It’s a lose and win game. Yeah, it’s true, the SPLM lost and the NCP won. They have right to celeberate and teased us for our lost. Nothing will be won folks if the party is still having weak leaders in controlling of the party. Crying will not help anything as Southsudannation.com showed those of Kiir and Machar are crying for the lost of Abyei. I see those tears as a mere meant to fool us in order to remaind silent.

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      • 22 July 2009 22:21, by Lo-Tolok

        Very unfortunate,i had always south sudan doesnt know what it is doing.After all SPLM has forgotten its people,how could they win Abyei.Coruption,Nepotism,Tribelism,Despotism,poor leadership and poor representation are the things that made the West to favour the Arabs.

        I think we need a change inorder to fight and revlaim our lan.

        I wish Dr lam was trusted i would have Joined him.

        Ah,Wani Igga,where are you,save us these lost people are selling us.Wululuuuuuuu,south sudan,Bad luck for this generatio.

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        • 22 July 2009 23:52, by Santo Deng

          This is a very outrageous decision made by Abyei Arbitration Tribunal (AAT) at the Hague based court. My question is:what reasoning did this court employ in arriving at this flawed judgment that gave the oil-rich chunks of Abyei land to Northern Sudan, that would make its judgement far more reasoned than the ABC expert’s decision when it previously drawn Abyei borders with the inclusion of its now lost eastern and western fronts. This court have just made an unfair 50/50 division of Abyei land with the North.
          In my opinion, this is nothing more than a botched attempt at securing a temporary peace and normalcy to the region at the cost of administering real justice to the Southern Sudan and indeed its rightful owners of this land; The Ngok people of Abyei. This is land robbing at broad day-light! and the seeds of a future conflict/dispute are sowed even deeper by this reckless judgment.

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  • 22 July 2009 23:13, by MJriaksdca

    Who is it that denies that money does not speak? Now it better be believed that money speak or talk. Each of the five members of AAT was being paid $850.00 an hour. If you want to know how much, start calculating from the time the justices began arbitration on Abyei case to when they ended. Calculate for each justice and then times it by five. Know that whatever total you get is different from other miscelaneous expenses paid. Such a lump sum of money is what has influenced the outcome of the ruling. The ruling favored the one who paid the court members the money. And who paid them? Bashir did. We cannot say spla did because it is not yet fully a respected body of government internationally but rather a subordinate government with no power to influence an international court like Hague. Now, we just have to bear the consequence of the early yes which had been signified by our southern government. Having agreed to a lawful binding of the outcome, we cannot go to war with the north. Otherwise we will just be violating what we had agreed on and may loose support for that war. Here is what I suggest we do. Let’s abide by the outcome and urge our Dinka Ngok to accept the outcome. Let us put it behind us and let us focus on educating ourselves to catch up with the rest of the world for all these hardships we are facing are due to our great lack of literacy. Once we are educated we shall know international complicated deals like this of Abyei boundary. Our education will be our preparation to govern ourselves educatively, knowledgeably, and contemporarily. All of you who writes, show maturity and ethics in your writings. Because our writings these days demonstrate a great rhetoric of uninformed, inexperienced, and uneducated people.

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    • 23 July 2009 00:29, by Kim Deng


      Stop crying, blaming the GOSS or any individual because still it won’t help you guys at all. The right person point point our fingers should have been Mr. Deng Majok who sold Abyei to Baggara tribes back in 1905 just for his family benefits.

      The next question should be; will Abyei join their kins in South or it will be forced to join the arabized Nubians in the North? Be reminded that, not only Dinka Ngok will vote when deciding which part of the country Abyei should be after 18 months since those of Baggara tribes plus other arabized Nubians are considered as people of that area and they have right to vote as well.

      Don’t shamelessly claim that Dinka Ngok are the majority in Abyei because arabized Nubian govt/NIF has been working hard to make sure the whole area is part of North let alone those oil fields. Oop! the border between the North and South is not demarcated yet. May be some part of Greater BEG or Greater Apper Nile will be cut North ward. Who knows?

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      • 23 July 2009 01:18, by makino

        How sad that the judges should base their conclusion to benefit the powerful so as to avoid confrontation. It was clear that there was some fears that if the judges determine that the ABC has not actually exceeded their mandate then voilence could still ensue. What if violence takes place for denying the rightful owner his/her natural right. Did you ever asked yourelves when those Arabs came to that area, and since when did the Dinka devide their Land with them even they where given chance to graze their animals. Your wrong calculations will remind you one time if Dinka Chase out Khartoum backed elements from the Land no matter how powerful you think they are. You have cunningly looked into what Khartoum needed: The Oil, but whose Land is it in the first place?

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        • 23 July 2009 02:28, by Bol Madut

          The only reason NCP was instigating the ABC was because of the oil. Now that the areas were the oil is discovered are awarded to the North, the Ngok Dinka should cut any future tie with these ungrateful neighbors. Remember water is more valuable than oil.

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