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Misseriya call for direct talks with Dinka on Abyei


October 13, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Cattle herders of Misseriya tribe called today for direct talks with the Dinka Ngok rejecting the rule of Abyei arbitration tribunal and the intervention of the two political partners of the 2005 peace agreement.

The National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have failed to reach an agreement in Addis Ababa during talks brokered by the US envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration. They have to resume talks by the end of the month in less than three months before the supposed date of the referendum.

In accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement Abyei population have to decide if they will join southern Sudan or remains part of the north. But the definition of who will participate in the vote deadlocked the whole process, while the Misseriya refuse any compromise affecting their future.

In a press conference held in Khartoum after their return from the Ethiopian capital, the Misseriya tribal leaders said the NCP and SPLM should distance themselves from the oil rich area, adding they can decide on the future of the disputed region if they left alone with their neighbours Dinka Ngok.

"They (NCP & SPLM) have distorted everything. They have caused so many unnecessary problems. The people (of Abyei) were living amicably," told Reuters Hussein Jalal-Eddin, deputy chairman of the Misseriya Forum.

Hussein further told reporters that Gration understood their point of view. He added that the proposals they received during the talks in Addis Ababa were changed every time without knowing who was behind such decision.

The tribal leaders said they sent a memorandum to the US official calling him to manage direct dialogue between them and the Dinka to sustain mutual respect and promote peaceful coexistence between the two parties.

The main reason for the stalemate between the two peace partners that the Abyei Boundary Commission ruled that the area belongs to the nine chiefdom of Dinka Ngok in Abyei and the arbitration court generally confirmed the decision.

Based on this decision the SPLM says the Dinka can only vote but the Messeriya are not eligible. The Misseriya say they have the same right as the Dinka Ngok and refuse any compromise.

Commenting on this crisis, Salva Kiir told a conference held in Juba today that Abyei should not cause war between the parties.

"We do not want Abyei to become a potential trigger for a conflict again between the south and the north," Kiir said.


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  • 14 October 2010 04:57, by Anyang

    Misseria are thugs,and they don’t have a right or a mandate to call for a direct talk between they Dinka Ngok of Abyei at all.

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    • 14 October 2010 06:29, by Ahmed Chol

      Misseria as their name suggest should go back to miser(Egypt) and leave abeyi to Ngok

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      • 14 October 2010 13:08, by maduel Anok


        The peace of sudan came as a result of CPA, now you are dishonoring the CPA and PCA as well, what do you propose do? I wish you not telling me that you have right to vote or say we are northerners or southerners. I saw your chief warning going back to war with Goss, but mind you, you were not been fighting with GOSS but rather been fighting with Dinka neighbors and didn’t win the war... I hope you should sit down and calculate the benefits you will be getting if join the south or the north.. The two sites are govern by the political parties, NCP in the north and SPLM in the south and there is no way the talks can take effect without being brokered by these parties.. the ruling over the Abyei was agreed first in Kenya and second in Hague.. no agreement thereof shall be compromised here.... wish war and you will certainly get it rough..


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        • 14 October 2010 20:44, by Mr Point

          The misseriya have rights that are set out in the CPA and the Permanent Court award. They have traditional grazing rights.

          But the voting rights in the Abyei Referendum are only for residents in the land of the Ngok Dinka.

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  • 14 October 2010 08:16, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerners,
    We have to understand that those who named themselves Misseriya are real Arab being blind fool by Bashir to complicate CPA so as to begin war. And the good of it the are on boarder between north and south that means they will be the past people to taste the bitterness of war. Otheriwse, they don’t have right or claims in Abyei.

    Joseph Akol Manyang

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  • 14 October 2010 09:13, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Misseriya are the most poor community,why are they avocading for the very rich community in Khartoum? .The death Misseriya in the last fighting of Abyei are not Know or paid for by Khartoum Government,only defasabi are paid.
    Misseriya you are now deeping your foot in fire without thinking twice for tomorrow,for the NCP are far there in Khartoum if war break out again you the Misseriya will be the frist victim,and if the Dinka Ngok refuse for you the grazing Land by force, as now you Miisseriya want to take thing by force who will be the looser.Misseriya think twice for your new generation to come.


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