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African Union “unanimously” endorses mediation proposal on Abyei

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October 24, 2012 (JUBA) - The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on Wednesday unanimously endorsed an initial proposal prepared by the mediation seeking to settle the conflict over the ownership of Abyei, between South Sudan and Sudan.

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African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma addressing the 339th meeting of the AU’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) at Ministerial level, in Addis Ababa, 24 Oct. 2012 (photo AU)

The AUHIP proposal calls to hold Abyei’s referendum in October 2013 and only the Misseriya residing Abyei can participate in this vote. The text comes in accord with the South Sudanese position but not with the Sudanese one. Khartoum supported the partition of the disputed area.

The Council’s approval of the proposal comes a day after the African mediation circulated a new proposal seeking to extend negotiations for a further six weeks, according a South Sudanese official in Addis Ababa.

The purpose of the extension, which was criticised by Juba, was to allow the two parties to “voluntarily” reach a consensus on the remaining outstanding issues including the final status of Abyei.

Luka Biong Deng, a Co-Chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee on Wednesday said the Council had endorsed the initial proposal without changes. He commended Mbeki’s team for demonstrating exemplary leadership with courage and commitment to bring peace and stability to the region.

"I am delighted to inform you that the AUPSC has unanimously endorsed the African Union High Level Implementation Panel Proposal on the final status of Abyei area that was presented to our President Salva Kiir and President Bashir on 21st September as final and binding solution," Biong told Sudan Tribune from Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The official further said he attended the opening session of the meeting of African Union Peace and Security Council in which South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs; Nhial Deng Nhial gave a presentation on the disputed issues, and the humanitarian in South Kordofan and Blue Nile that has affected over 900,000 people.

Biong further added that the representatives of the permanent members of the UN Security Council particularly US, France, UK and EU Special Envoy have made strong statements in support of the 21 September Proposal on the final status of Abyei. They also asked the Council to endorse the Proposal and reassured the meeting that the UN Security Council will equally endorse it.

"China was keen to support any African solution and Russia was not available. Uganda was in support of the 21st Sept proposal on the final status of Abyei," Biong said.

Moscow which seeks to enhance its economic relations with Khartoum, said it is supporting Abyei’s partition.

South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nhial Deng Nhial, in a speech before the Council said that for the sake of peace and regional stability, his government compromised and accepted the decisions of the international community and implemented it, citing the acceptance of the arbitration rule, which reduced the size of Abyei .

Nhial also refuted Sudan’s demand to divide the area saying "Sudan’s novel contention that Abyei should be partitioned between the two states, would not only amount to a travesty of justice for the Ngok Dinka whose Abyei Homeland is being progressively chipped away by Khartoum, but would also re-open the debate over Abyei, with potentially fatal political consequences for the two states," he stressed, before the closed door meeting which resolved to endorse the AUHIP proposal in its totality.

The new Chairperson of the African Union commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told the 339th ministerial level meeting of the AU’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) that the "AU will stand by" Sudan and South Sudan while they address their remaining issues.

"The establishment of sustainable and cooperative relations between Sudan and South Sudan requires the final delineation of their common border, a decision on the future status of Abyei Area, as well as the peaceful resolution of internal conflicts within each state," she added.

Khartoum does not yet announce or react to the decision. The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the issue soon.

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  • 25 October 2012 11:50, by Lokorai

    Dr. Biong,
    Don’t celebrate yet or be ’delighted’; the matter has a long way to go before we all shout alleluya! Remember also that the text has this logjaw called ’Messiriya residing residents...
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    • 26 October 2012 06:48, by SeekingTruth

      GOOD NEWS BUT WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL HERE UNTIL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED LIKE WE SAW IN THE LAST REFERENDUM. NO 1 KNOWS WHAT THE DEVIL IS THINKING; THEY MIGHT BE PLANING TO BUY OUT THE AVERAGE NGOK DINKA WHO ARE ELIGIBLE VOTERS TO FAVOUR NORTH. ALSO YOU HAVE TO FACTOR IN THE ABSENT/QUIETNESS ON THE ISSUE OF MR. MADING DENG SINCE HE WAS APPOINTED AS S. SUDAN’S PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN!

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  • 25 October 2012 11:53, by Wrong Chemical

    Osman dismissed the possibility that neighboring South Sudan or internal rebel groups were behind the attack saying only Israel has the kind of high technology with which the attack was carried out.good work done by isreali airstrik,if isreali can do that why not us! soon u will see, we don’t want any more proposal on Abyei or partition this bitch talk about enough is enough bullshit,thambobegger.

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    • 30 December 2012 13:58, by ajay1983

      its purpose is to allow the two parties to “voluntarily” reach a consensus on the remaining outstanding issues including the final status of Abyei.it is a long issues!baby games

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  • 25 October 2012 11:57, by Makunon

    Congratulation Biong You Won outsides supports this time to council so-call extention by bought Mbeki.Don’t care about Arabs response, they are going to say no definitely, because for them they are looking for oil not land. this time they will not sit their anuses in South Sudan soil.

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    • 25 October 2012 17:17, by Morthon Akol

      Comrade Boing Deng, that is the way intellectual do the things not like the way Comrade Malong Awan doing his thing s in NBS. it’s better to end something first and start another than to imprison yourself in hoping the impossible.

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      • 6 January 2013 15:45, by ajay1983

        yeap,for them to change their mind though u give your anuses for fucking hold night it will not happen again forget new proposal on Abyei amen.
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  • 25 October 2012 12:02, by RICH ROSS-THE BOSS

    Thumb up AUPSC and the new leadership of Dr Nkosozana Dlamina Zuma! This is the only fair proposal that can ever be endorsed. Dinka Ngok area has already been diminished deceitfully losing over 20% of it. The acceptance of the PCA map was meant 2 be a win-win solution in case PCA defined Abyei Area goes to South Sudan one day as surely is the case. Abyei area was also PCA defined 2.......

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    • 25 October 2012 12:11, by RICH ROSS-THE BOSS

      ...ensure that those that fall within its boundary are the natives (Dinka Ngok) of that land not Misseriya, Dinka Twic in Warrap, Dinka Malual in Awiel, Dinka(Aloor&Pan Aruu) in Unity nor any other that lives next to the PCA boundary. This was becoz the demarcation basis was on traditional boundaries between those communities. Sudan, if she has honesty&justice in her dictionary, should accept this

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  • 25 October 2012 12:19, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    AU, congrats. One step to Peace in Africa, but one backward if agreements aren’t honoured by NCP of Sudan. This time South Sudanese shld ready to defend their territories beginning with Abyei n all so-called disputed areas. Khartoum is known for dishonouring accords its signed with other parties. Several times S. Sudan accords have been violated by Khartoum. Abyei more than twice! SPLA shld be set

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  • 25 October 2012 12:45, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

    It is a job well done Dr. Luka, we are both delighted to have that proposal passed and endorsed by the African body in such a unaniomous vote which is quite a right decision we all admired, despite the fact that Abyei area size was reduced by the arbitration award of the Permanent court of arbitration(PCA). This decision has put the issue of Abyei on the right track, indeed it is a good work.

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  • 25 October 2012 12:46, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

    It is a job well done Dr. Luka, we are both delighted to have that proposal passed and endorsed by the African body in such a unaniomous vote which is quite a right decision we all admired, despite the fact that Abyei area size was reduced by the arbitration award of the Permanent court of arbitration(PCA). This decision has put the issue of Abyei on the right track, indeed it is a good work.

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  • 25 October 2012 12:47, by Kenyang

    One step in right direction. Sure UN would also. Isn’t what CPA said in first place? Trying to renegotiate CPA resulted in current status of Panthou. Mile 14? Before Hague Arbitration in 2008, Panthou and vast parts North Abyei were ruled as part of Abyei by ABC, a commission formed by CPA. South Sudan must stop renegotiating CPA. We can’t beg our way out, we must take what rightly South Sudan

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    • 25 October 2012 12:55, by PANTEM

      congratulations South Sudan!

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  • 25 October 2012 13:13, by Northern Sudanese

    hahahaha, do you think it bothers us? we can make them change their mind in no time.
    where is Mbeki when you need him?

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    • 25 October 2012 13:52, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      You still writing about Abyei ? coward, go and fight Israel. Abyei is gone for south Sudan. arms factory is gone. Sudan is acountry without value. coward to run to hide and men to talk.

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    • 25 October 2012 13:59, by Nhomlau

      it is crystal clear that having no ambition has great harm.South Sudan’s government should had aim far then worry too much about the borders of the Abyei.in this case,we could had end up getting Abyei without any problem at all.Like,if we had claimed some towns deep in the North,then Abyei should not be any issue now.

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    • 25 October 2012 14:00, by Michael Angelo

      Northern Sudanese,
      Even your fake prophet Mohammad cannot persuade them to their mind. We consider this as a done deal & we’re looking forward to border demarcation to be endorsed as well.

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      • 25 October 2012 14:02, by Michael Angelo

        Northern Sudanese,
        Even your fake and pathetic prophet Mohammad cannot persuade them to change their mind. We consider this as a done deal & we’re looking forward to border demarcation to be endorsed as well.

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    • 25 October 2012 14:51, by Wrong Chemical

      for them to change their mind though u give your anuses for fucking hold night it will not happen again forget new proposal on Abyei amen.

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      • 25 October 2012 15:01, by Loko El Pollo

        CONGRAT,DR LOKA FOR YOUR HARD WORK.YOU CAN NOW HEAD TO KHARTOUM AND MEET YOUR BOYS WHO HATES ANYTHINGS ABOUT THE SOUTH,TO VOTE FOR THE FINAL STATUS OF ABYEI.

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        • 25 October 2012 19:37, by Mapuor

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          You are right,let Luka Biong go to Khartoum and convince his brothers who do not want to come to the South for fear of not knowing English.Abiei is fully Arabized and Islamized and would pose a big problem to the South in the same way Kenyan muslims are at Mombassa.

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