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Interim force in Abyei prevented civil war, Ethiopia’s Zenawi


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 31, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, has lauded the Ethiopian peace keeping force deployed in the disputed Abyei region for their role in successfully accomplishing mission.

Zenawi while convoying a message during the national day marked last week said that the presence of the Ethiopian forces in Abyei has remarkably contributed to stability and security in the region.

According to the Ethiopian premier, the peace keeping force, known as the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), has built confidence between the Misseiriya and Dinka Ngok tribes and prevented an out break of war between Sudan and South Sudan.

"It was said of Abyei that it can’t be an island of peace while other areas around it are set on fire but the unthinkable happened and an island of peace surrounded by fire has been created," said Zenawi.

Ethiopia is seen as a relatively neutral broker during the North, South Sudan mediation efforts and both sides agreed for an Ethiopian peace force to monitor the Abyei region.

Although the UN doesn’t encourage deploying peacekeeping force from a single country, the UN Security Council in June mandated a 4,200 strong Ethiopian force to Abyei. The horn of Africa’s nation began sending its troops to the contested region on August 23.

South Sudan officially proclaimed independence from Sudan in July 2011, six months after a referendum agreed under a 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended decades of civil war.

However, a number of outstanding issues, including on the fate of Abyei, remain pending between the two east African neighbours.

A planed referendum for Abyei to determine whether the region remains in Sudan or breaks away to South Sudan was never held due to the failure of both sides to agree on who could participate in the self determination vote.

Last week the, interim security force replaced the existing troops with new Ethiopian forces.


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  • 31 May 2012 09:31, by SEE ME

    "According to the Ethiopian premier, the peace keeping force, known as the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), has built confidence between warring tribes of Misseiriya and Dinka Ngok tribes there by prevented an out break of civil war in the region."

    SPLA/M is the refueler of all civil wars in SUDAN & SOUTH SUDAN.

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    • 31 May 2012 09:46, by SEE ME

      UN must understand that the original citizens of Abyei are the Misseiriya who are chasing grass for their cattles.

      they are the ones who are eligible for the fair referendum.

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      • 31 May 2012 10:16, by True Blue

        SEE ME,

        The truth will set you free. The Ngok Dinka are the inhabitants of Abyei. The Misseriya are nomads that migrate to the Abyei area to graze their livestock. I see no good reason for the NCP to incite the Misseriya to claim a land that is not theirs. We in the north need to do some serious soul searching. We have to accept our predicament and develop a mutual relationship with the South.

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        • 31 May 2012 10:27, by SEE ME

          True Blue

          With all respect to your personal ideas.

          But Abyei is the land of Misseriya.
          Yes Misseriya are nomads even in DARFUR, CHAD, LIBYA ... but they own lands in all these areas.

          ZAGHAWA are nomads too but owned lands in north DARFUR and North-west CHAD.

          President IDRIS DEBI is a nomad who belongs to BEDAIYAT

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          • 31 May 2012 10:39, by True Blue

            SEE ME,
            Are you content with the Arbitration ruling or not?

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      • 31 May 2012 10:41, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        How foolish you are SEE ME,Misseiriya the real citizen of Abyei?well you can wittness it this time,whether by crook or crooked.


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        • 31 May 2012 20:56, by SEE ME

          okucu pa lotinokwan

          Then let the DINKA stop the outsiders’intervention and take Abyei by force.

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    • 31 May 2012 09:56, by Ayom Dor

      What would be someone called "See Me" be thinking of, yr head is an empty brain and it is just a heavy mind loaded with nonesense! SPLA is known and accredited international to be fighting a justified war against Aggressors, Racists and Shameless Arabs rule on Africans! SPLA advocates for peaceful resolution of conflicts at the border! I advice you to re-read this article again, of what Meles mean

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      • 31 May 2012 10:02, by SEE ME

        Ayom Dor

        Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

        Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?


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        • 31 May 2012 10:30, by Ayom Dor

          I can appreciate yr truth if u were making my knowledge attractive but u rather make us more dull! Universities don’t trade wisdoms but impart knowledge on people, so that u can say realities!! My advice is for you to change this bad characters now bse times will come, when everyone in Sudan will see with own eyes, than the eyes of yr President Bashir!! Leave him alone to float on people’s bloods,

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    • 31 May 2012 10:00, by mayom maboung marek

      ABYIEI is south sudanese, who are these mssieriya? south without Abyiei is like body without head. Abyiei is your Northern Sudan waterloo.

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      • 31 May 2012 10:06, by SEE ME

        Abyei will remain for ever till the DAY of JUDGEMENT as MESSERIA land.
        If confrontation is the legal and better solution; that will be best.

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        • 31 May 2012 10:26, by mayom maboung marek

          CPA documented only 9 Ngok chiefdoms will vote either to remain in the South[mark remain]or to join the North.

          in clear simple language like this, who will come from nowhere and claim Abyiei. Check Sudan history especially the entry of Arabs to Sudan.

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          • 31 May 2012 10:30, by SEE ME

            mayom maboung marek

            What about the entry of DINKA to SUDAN from the lakes?

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            • 31 May 2012 11:00, by mayom maboung marek

              Mr See me, our paradise, we Southerners birth place or cradle land is really lakes which is Khartoum at the movement. you are correct on that point.

              we just trailed along the Nile slowly upto our present day.
              the Knee prints, where grandparents crawled out of the Lakes when God created Abuk and Garang are still there now.

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              • 31 May 2012 13:45, by SEE ME

                mayom maboung marek

                DINKA came from around lakes VICTORIA, TANGANYIKA and MALAWI as well stated in history writtern by your white friends from GB.

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        • 31 May 2012 14:02, by eye-of-an-eye

          See Me,
          I laugh when reading your coment, you have very shalow mind, you u may tell me the meaning of Abyei or Khortoum, another quest is, how do u think Nubian and fur will choose if no change of NCPof Bashir in Sudan, Darfur will secede and East Sudan will split to join South Kordufan and blue Nile to be a country or to join South Sudan for total freedom check this secret np01213=1wfbcx00baps=tf

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          • 31 May 2012 21:05, by SEE ME


            Shortly; let SPLA, SPLA-N and SAF stay away from civil wars.

            Let MESEERIA and ARAB ROOTED DARFURIANS to fight against SPLA-N NUBIANS, SLM, JEM, AGAR groups.

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