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S. Sudan official: we will “never accept” partitioning of Abyei

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October 12, 2012 (JUBA) – A senior South Sudan official has reiterated his party’s objection to Khartoum’s proposed inclusion of the Misseriya ethnic group in a vote on the future of Abyei, or the regions division.

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Minister of water resources and irrigation, Paul Mayom Akec (ST)

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Paul Mayom Akec, made the remarks at a consultative community meeting on Wednesday. He said the position of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) is the immediate implementation of the proposals of African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) under the chairmanship of former South Africa president Thabo Mbeki.

The Abyei issue was not settled in recent talks held between Juba and Khartoum in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa in September.

The AUHIP proposal backs an Abyei referendum and rejects the inclusion of Misseriya in its vote. Khartoum rejected the proposition and reiterated its support to a previous proposal the mediation made in 2010 suggesting to divide the area between the two parties.

“Sudan is now seeking partitioning of Abyei but we have rejected their demand because it lacks basis. It does not not conform with the Abyei protocol or the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration [PCA],” said Akec.

The PCA ruling on Abyei redefined its boundaries but did not stipulate the region’s fate.

The inclusion of the Misseriya ethnic group in a vote on Abyei’s future is contentious as they are nomadic, spending only part of the year in the region and they are traditionally aligned with Khartoum.

“The issue of Abyei is done. We told the people of Abyei that the case is finished. The proposal of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Abyei was accepted by the government of South Sudan. President Salva Kiir accepted it but Sudan repudiated and proposed partitioning of the Abyei. We said no and insisted on the conduct of the referendum and will continue to call for the conduct of the referendum as proposed by mediators,” said Akec.

Luka Biong Deng, Co-Chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee has said the issue of Abyei has already been handed over to the African Union. 

“The resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations which endorsed African Peace and Security Council is very clear. It says mediators can make recommendations on issues which the two parties have failed to agree on to the African Union Peace and Security Council,” Deng told Sudan Tribune on Thursday. 

Deng described alleged demonstrations by Misseriya against their potential omission from a vote on the future of Abyei as “fabrications by the government of Sudan.” He described his sympathy for their plight but said those demonstrating are “not for the interest of the nomads”.

He also said he expected Sudan to accept the AU’s decision on Abyei as it backed Khartoum in its opposition to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) indicted of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.

“Sudan is the member of the African Union and it is the African Union which will come up with the decision not the Security Council. The Security Council will just endorse it. This is a big test to the African Union which has always been the one standing with Sudan against the ICC,” said Deng.

(ST)

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  • 12 October 2012 06:10, by Dinkawarrior

    Mayom!
    You better stay focus on the realy issues which include Abyei and Demacaration of border,by pushing your corrupted Party to listen us. We are tied and sick of you, must do what we need not what you thinks will be best for your pockets and for your wives. We can develop any party who listen us than keeping corrupted Party on our ways. Abyei is not for sale as you did with $3.08 billion!!!

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    • 12 October 2012 07:14, by zulu

      It is plain simple that the ABC arbitration defined the boundry of Dinka Ngok. Why should it be divided?

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      • 12 October 2012 07:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        That word called partitioning is a joke and any foolish who think this our land can be divide is also a foolish,
        Our land, our life and we will die for it, no matter what they says,

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      • 12 October 2012 14:11, by Paul Ongee

        Political and economic calculations of NCP are always criminal. That is why international community should get Al-Bashir arrested first for war crime committed in Darfur before given a chance to air his criminal view that will never bring meaningful democratic transformation in Sudan or peace in its neighbors.

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    • 12 October 2012 07:15, by zulu

      It is plain simple that the ABC arbitration defined the boundry of Dinka Ngok. Why should it be divided?

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    • 27 November 2012 11:33, by narmjat

      Part of a class I am taking involves this particular subject and I am researching for information to use in an upcoming report. Your post is really helpful; do you have any others on this topic?
      Erik

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  • 12 October 2012 06:14, by Madina Tonj

    I had been blaming AU for protecting criminal Omar al Bashir and deny those real dying and suffering in the Sudan. It has been many years AU defending Khartoum even when Bashir was indicted they were still stand with him but for Abyei and Panthou wouldn’t get that, because there are fact, they belong to South Sudan and Locality people proven that land does not belong to Nomadi/moving Arab tribes

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  • 12 October 2012 06:15, by Madina Tonj

    I had been blaming AU for protecting criminal Omar al Bashir and deny those real dying and suffering in the Sudan. It has been many years AU defending Khartoum even when Bashir was indicted they were still stand with him but for Abyei and Panthou wouldn’t get that, because there are fact, they belong to South Sudan and Locality people proven that land does not belong to Nomadi/moving Arab tribes

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  • 12 October 2012 06:24, by James Maker Akok

    Hi Paul Mayom Akec,
    I see you talking above Abyei only. What About Heglig and the rests?
    Your agreement with North Sudan Government you leaders signed in Addis Ababa will never work front the people of South Sudan if you leaders don’t solve those areas. I have the Original map of Sudan show all those areas are inside South Sudan. Contact me to send to you!
    jamesmakerakok@gmail.com

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  • 12 October 2012 06:45, by James Maker Akok

    The problem Map Border Demarcation Line is easy to be solve with in One Day if South Sudan Government agree with us to go for International Court because I have the Original Map Border Line that going to stop North Sudan Governmen liars. I need everybody to has this Map. Contact me to sent it to you.
    jamesmakerakok@gmail.com

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  • 12 October 2012 07:03, by James Maker Akok

    South Sudan Government Leaders must need to listen us and agree with before they go to the documents. What South Sudan Government Leaders did in Addis Ababa by signed the documents that should be a last of everything is very bad. The leaders were very bad on that thing.

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  • 12 October 2012 13:08, by mohammed ali

    Well,Abeyei now is within Sudan borders it is up to you to reach an agreement.We have heard this term of we " will not accept..." It is no problem.The negotiating table will define things accurately & peacfully!

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    • 12 October 2012 14:14, by Martin Muong

      Mohammed Ali, you guys are dreaming because Abyei will never be divided as far as I know. vying for Abyei won’t take you anywhere. And I don’t think you are smart to win this game. You better cut your losses. You should beg for where Misseriya Animals will be grazing when we finally gain control of Abyei. Mark my words well because I don’t blackmail human being. Dead to all invaders.

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    • 12 October 2012 14:16, by Hardball

      Mohammed Ali, you need to first of all fight to keep or retained Darfur, SK and BlueNile breaking away from Sudan, let alone fighting for South Sudanese territories that you will never have!

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