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Abyei can be model for peace in Sudan – NCP and SPLM say


July 22, -2009 (JUBA) — Sudan peace partners, the dominant National Congress Party (NCP and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement welcomed today the award of Abyei Arbitration Tribunal and reaffirmed that Abyei can be a model for peace.

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Sudan’s State Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Abdul-Bagi Al-Jailani, and Foreign Minister Deng Alor celebrate the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in Abyei, central Sudan, July 22, 2009 (Reuters)

The Hague based arbitration tribunal redefined on Wednesday the boundary of the disputed Abyei area saying that the nine Dinka Ngok chiefdoms belong to southern Sudan and reattached the Heglig oil field to the state of South Kordofan.

The final and binding decision puts an end to a three-year dispute over the region after the rejection of the Sudanese presidency of the findings of Abyei Boundary Commission since July 2005.

"It is our conviction that Abyei can be a model for peace, reconciliation and co-existence in Sudan if efforts for development are encouraged and supported in the area," said a statement issued by the NCP and SPLM today.

After bloody fighting between the Sudan Armed Forces and the SPLA in May last year, the two parties signed on June 8, 2008 a roadmap to settle their dispute on the boundary of Abyei through the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

The Arbitration Tribunal had to say whether the ABC exceeded its mandate: “to define and demarcate the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905. If so, the five arbitrators were entitled to define and demarcate this boundary.

The two party also agreed that the tribunal’s decision would be final and binding on both parties.

"We reaffirm our intention to fully implement the tribunal’s decision, the Abyei Protocol, and the CPA, including the protection of rights of local communities," said the joint statement which is signed by Dr.Ghazi Salah Eddin Atabani Delegated member of the Leadership Bureau of the National Congress party and Presidential Advisor and Mr. Pagan Amum, SPLM Secretary General.
They stressed they will now work together to disseminate the PCA’s decision to the affected communities, to demarcate the Abyei border, to create a joint task force that shall and to meet with traditional leaders in Abyei and it’s the award.

The parties equally confirmed their commitment to ensuring a long term and sustainable peace in Abyei As a gesture of their commitment to involve local communities in Abyei in the process of resolution of the dispute.

Earlier this week the parties brought traditional leaders from these communities to Khartoum for a meeting to discuss the impact of the award, its implementation, and the rights of the communities regardless of the outcome.

The NCP and SPLM said also committed to taking steps to use our existing capabilities to prevent violence, enhance security, and consolidate peace in Abyei.

"Both parties agree that the return to war is not an option," they stressed.


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  • 23 July 2009 03:07, by manthok loda

    Hi Everyone
    I wanted to congratulate Mr. Kiir & Dr. Riak and let you know about some changes within our heart feeling in this Boarder lines decision making by AAT.

    I am delighted to hear this confirmation rules outcome with effect from Abyei news. Mergers, acquisitions and equity is capital markets are a team of argument but happiness in same time we as Southern Sudanese could have better without the Oil line. This is a court decision and ruling outcome. Good news for us because we have achieved Abyei Capital Town Ngok Dinka Chifdoms people. We need now is hard working and protection. South Sudan is full with oil and wonderful environment of minerals resources.

    I believe the roles of our leaders now are to work harder for the boarder lines for preparation of 2011 referendum with continuity and experience at the Boarder level. Mr. Kiir and Dr. Riak had played significant roles on Boarders in peacefully process for the security protection even although we have lost people in fighting last year in Abyei.

    The recognition of this achievements, experience and excellent contribution to Southern Sudan has finally resulted in good news over many years by Dinka Ngok and rewarded us now but not to forget for the hard time ahead.
    President Mr. Kiir has made an extraordinary contribution to our nations for more than 25 years since the beginning of War and will be sorely thank you full in many generations live. He has achieved the outstanding legacy, one which we will build on in the years to come.

    I congratulate Southern Sudanese on these achievements just as I congratulate Mr. Kiir and Dr. Riak on their achievement. I look forward to peacefully living in Southern Sudan to continue transforming the lives of people in Abyei. No back to War and SPLA/M oyee…. And South Sudan.

    God Bless

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  • 23 July 2009 05:08, by Kur

    This is the last nail on the coffin of the so-called unity. Now they have been awarded the oil fields, which are the only drives for Bashir and the NIF to seek that dirty unity. We must now shake off the dust of the cevil from our feet.


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  • 23 July 2009 08:06, by da vinci the great


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    • 23 July 2009 10:28, by manthok loda

      Hey son of Dog!

      You might abuse your fathers but they are king for the nation of Southern Sudan saviour. Dinkas have black ass but what the green ass you have and your mother Arabs. Do you need a stick to be put into your green ass by Dinka? So please dear Dinkas readers be patients with these guys abusing us on web we will fine them. I swear and we will leads the nation of Southern Sudan with believes people of Abyei.

      I have been into Abyei for several times in my time. The regions/land
      Of Southern Sudan full with oil

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    • 24 July 2009 10:43, by emmanuel adol

      Be sure with what you are commenting on because your comment does not go with the theme.

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  • 23 July 2009 08:12, by Father Critic

    2009 is a wonderful year for me.Look at him,He was up and down hunting for ’baany.’Why? who has talked to him? anyway if he keeps on like that then he is going to rule in 2030.I have promised him and I am going to keep mine.

    He has changed his red color to white one.Meaning that he is ready for peace.But why? What was the problem?The answer to the above question is leadership.

    My appreciation goes to all the leaders of Southren Sudan for they work that they have done to people of Abyei.

    Critic Ngueny from Bor town

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