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International community welcomes Abyei ruling urges implementation


July 23, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The international community has welcomed the award of the Abyei Arbitration Tribunal and the commitment of the Sudanese parties to abide by. Also they urged to implement it.

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Sudanese people celebrate the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in Abyei, central Sudan, July 22, 2009. (photo Tim McKulka - UNMIS)

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.

The National Congress Party led government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement issued yesterday a joint communiqué saying 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."

In the statement responding to the arbitration, the United States and the European Union jointly called on the National Congress Party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to immediately implement the decision.

"Both parties must use their authority and influence to ensure that the Court’s decision is respected and peacefully implemented," said the statement.

"The Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army must avoid confrontation," said the statement, adding that the United States and the European Union will continue working with "all relevant stakeholders to bring peace, stability, and prosperity to Sudan."

Also, separately the French and British government hailed the decision as millstone in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

"France calls on both parties, which had agreed to submit their territorial dispute to the Permanent Court and to the formation of the ad hoc Abyei Arbitration Tribunal, to fully implement this decision in the timeliest fashion. They must do everything possible to apply it locally," said the French foreign ministry.

"The United Kingdom calls on both the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement and the National Congress Party to ensure that the decision is fully implemented in a timely manner, and in a way which does not escalate tensions or cause conflict," said a statement issued by UK Foreign Office Minister, Lord Malloch-Brown.

In New York, Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General called "on the parties to sustain this positive development by supporting the Abyei Administration to deliver the long-awaited peace dividend to the people of Abyei," said a statement issued by his spokesperson.

Qin Gang, spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry from Beijing praised the award adding "China hoped it would be conducive to the peace process between the north and south and Sudan’s national unity and reconciliation."

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed his confidence that the parties of Naivasha agreement would implement the binding and final decison honesty and sincerity.

Aboul-Gheit, in his remarks today,added that Abyei ruling would be the start to resolve all outstanding issues between the two parties, in order to contribute to establishing peace not only in southern Sudan, but also in all the country.


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  • 24 July 2009 05:33, by Buk Dan Buk

    I don’t know what to say but to say let go back to war. We did not fight for all this years for this out come.
    How could the Hague court re-do the all entire map of southern Sudan? I am not convine. People of Abyei are basically celebrating hunger and starvation. I am so afriad.
    We must go back to war and mack the borders by our force of our machine guns.

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  • 24 July 2009 05:55, by oshay

    SPLM are losers and so are their supporters, they could not prove anything in front of the Arbitration committee. They’re a useless movement and should go back to the bush stealing people’s cows.

    To all people saying we should go back to war you must be totally insane, the North has much much more advanced weapons and more munitions than it ever had in the last 20 years. Plus the international community will side with the North because it will be the South who started hostilities after they agreed to abide by the ruling.

    The SPLM got what they deserved the corruption came back to haunt them. They lost the riches oil fields in Sudan and all we got is grass and soil. It’s time the SPLM resigned and allowed a different government to rule preferably SPLM-DC

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    • 24 July 2009 07:00, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

      hello Evil Oshay,Da vici,Busta and others traitors.

      We will see you in the field of blood in 2011; if you wise to be in the field there. SPLA/M is never going to lose. we are going to be the winners 2011. we did not form the Revolution for one propose. There are a lot of cases, SPLA/M has to liberate Whole Sudan with in and out. we have no money; but we fought upto now.

      Those innocence abiei dancers does not know the reality. we go to war to take on Khartuom, not just Abiei, Nuba mountain and blue Nile only. we wanted to free you in slave and everyone in Sudan North.

      Thank you
      this is the Tone of Nguetbuny de Luelpiny.

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      • 24 July 2009 21:46, by Aduol Liet

        MR, Lulpiny.

        I would real appreciated your comment very much, when you respond to this guy Oshay who always want to confused people. You look like your Ideas might sound alike to many others Southerners Sudanese people and have same as well as I am.I will add few things here, in order for we Southerners Sudanese to get our long freedom from the killer Omar Hassan al Bashir’s ruler government, we must agree to fight those I would make assumption as we all knows that, the SPLA/SPLM were eventually fighting to free people from injust,inquality,mismanagement the resources, misleading nation in Islamic rule, dominated and even though we don’t agree in every things as a human, the problems for Northern Sudan with us Southern Sudanese need all of us to fight for the end.Thank for your comment and thank for the meaningful name in Dinka and it is exactly what we are talking about is Lulpiny and even Takupiny are those powerful words in meaningful for the SPLA/SPLM struggle.

        Aduol Liet.

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    • 24 July 2009 08:19, by Akoon

      Are you stupit enough Oshay. You are a maniac and foolish do you think it benefitual to you if SPLA go back to bush? no i don’t think so SPLA is now not like before. If you want it why don’t you do it your self, attack southerners your self if you so desperate to fight.There’s know joke this time with SPLA Oshay we are in twenty first centuary.

      You don’t know what war means Oshay that’s why you laugh around about war. If you want mother fucker attack any southerner and he will give you a tough lession that you’ll never desire the war.


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      • 24 July 2009 08:45, by biongjak

        You foolhardy Oshay and your uncle the chairman of SPLM-DC. You are doomed to death. Don’t you understand how fearful you are, running to and fro. Soon your husbands are going to liberate you completely to have "South Sudan country," something you never dreamed of all your life of slavery there in the Northern part of this country. We welcome whatever outcome of the arbitration afterall this does not justify the ownership of either Ngok Dinka or the Missierya from the word itself. In any case it will be sorted out in the South-North border demarcation soon to be done in Sept. this year. All we don’t want are idiots like you. Just keep your mouth shut and allow the mighty heros to row the canoe till you reach the other side of the river. Don’t you think if SPLM/A decides to withdraw now from Sudan’s affairs due to your unfounded, unreasonable, childish, malignant,barbaric,outbursts, that you and your gangs are going back for slavery and worst of all this time?
        Just try that but always keep in mind every dog has got its day. Your day will come oo!

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    • 24 July 2009 08:57, by John Chol

      SPLM leadership,

      congretulation for bringing Abyei lands and its people back to South Sudan.I have another issue here, You have remain with two borders to claim, 1. the South Sudan border with the Ugandan is Gulu according to the history, 2.the next border with the Ethiopian is Yitang or Gumbella.

      I believe if the Goss sucessfully claim all the above mentioed borders with their people , it would decrease the chances of people like Acholi, Madi,Kakwa and Anyuak ranning to Uganda and Ethiopia at the time of war respectively. According to the data collections from all the comments posted to sudantribune website, it showed that most of the people who are wagging for war are people from the above named borders, Simply because they have somewhere to run during the war but others like myself have nowhere to go at the time of war.the data was based on the recognitions of names and others.

      Let the Goss or the SPLM claim those borders soon before 2011. Leave alone the oil field in Abyei area, we have a plenty of oil all over southern sudna vast areas, even in my own village, we have a deep sea of oil under ground. War is bad, I don’t like it.God bless s. Sudan

      john chol

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    • 24 July 2009 10:17, by Deng Athuai


      You have to put in your mind that the oil fields which is Higlig given to the North is part of the Unity state and if you know that it will be claim back through that state when demarcating the south -North border as you are aware this is almost to be done by border commision soon,and iam very sure Higlig has not been part of the north,therefore the people of Abyei,south sudanese and the SPLM are not losers.

      people like Oshay can be losers at the first instance when they try and fail to achieve their self-vested goals and i believe you did not fight and upto now support the SPLM/A to lead us into the promise land.

      shut up and leave SPLM alone to plan for the south.

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      • 24 July 2009 11:34, by James


        your comment of calling SPLM/A and their supporters losers is baseless; instead what we have achieved is a great victory. We got our dear brothers back to south together with their water, grazzing land and all undiscovered minerals. Your eyes are only fixed on oil and that is why you giggle like hyena and not even feeling sorry about those innocent misserirya people who left with nothing rather than dry land. their domestic animals will not drink oil as water and same oil will not provide grasses for them. we do not have problem of oil and we will not ask you to share that oil of Heglig with you if it will be located in the Northern side of our border. we have enough oil everywhere in the south. For your information, you and your party are the losers because you will be the ones who will beg for water and a grazzing land for your animals. But do you thing that we can allow you to come and share our resources while you own your resources alone? that happiness of yours will very soon die out.

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