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African Union supports Abyei referendum in 2013 but gives six weeks for a deal

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October 25, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) announced on Thursday it support to the organization of a referendum in Abyei next year, but gave the parties six weeks to reach a compromise over the issue.

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Members of the Ngok Dinka celebrating the rule of arbitration tribunal over Abyei boundary on 22 July 2009 (photo UNMIS)

The Council met on 24 October to discuss the progress made by Sudan and South Sudan after the signing of a cooperation agreement including oil exportation, trade and security arrangements.

However Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir failed to reach a deal on Abyei and five areas on the common border claimed by the two parties.

The mediation just before the meeting handed a proposal to the two head of states saying a referendum should be held in October 2013 without the participation of the Misseriya nomads.

Juba accepted the proposal as it copes with its demand and Khartoum rejected it reiterating its commitment to a previous deal the mediation had proposed in November 2010 calling to divide the region if Juba and Khartoum fail to agree on the issue.

The AUPSC requested in a communiqué released on Thursday that Khartoum and Juba discuss Abyei issue on the basis of the recent proposal the mediation made, and decided to give them six weeks from the date of the adoption of the communiqué to strike a deal.

It further demanded the African mediation team led by the chief mediator Thabo Mbeki to "report to it on the results of this engagement, immediately upon the expiration of the six-week period mentioned above".

The Council went further to say that in case they fail to agree on the issue during the six weeks, "Council will endorse the 21 September 2012 Proposal as final and binding, and would seek the endorsement by the UN Security Council of the same."

In Khartoum, the official media did not report the decision or mention it.

However. the official news agency, SUNA, reported on Wednesday that First Vice President Ali Osman Taha held a meeting with Misseriya tribal leaders.

Following the meeting, Al-Khair Al-Fahim, co-chair of Abyei steering committee told reporters that the Misseriya’s vision fully concurs with the government’s position over the need of a solution ensuring peaceful coexistence and reconciliation with the Ngok Dinka.

He further said the South Sudanese government "wants a referendum in line with its desires over the eligibility of voters, the formation of the referendum commission and the law organising the process."

He reiterated that the referendum is not a good solution because its outcomes will lead to create discontent from on one side or the other.

He further added they have no idea about the Russian proposal to support Abyei’s partition on the level of the UN Security Council.

Mikhail Margelov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for cooperation with African countries. Met with the Sudanese president on 6 October where he discussed Khartoum’s position over Abyei with him.

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  • 26 October 2012 07:29, by George Bol

    Abyei referendum need not be reschedule after the agreement.
    Khartoum are still behind because they always think that the agreement is nothing but to be dishonored but the S.Sudan is monitoring the problem of Abyei, Nuba, and Blue Nile states and border areas. If N.Sudan prevent Dinka Ngok from 2013 referendum, I think the South Should called it a last agreement and reclaim our land by force.Thank

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    • 26 October 2012 07:33, by Dinkawarrior

      The only deal that might be imposible is to impose sanction againist the party who is not abide with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA)Laws. In the CPA, there is nothing called Messeria of Abyei but other residents who live there more than five to ten decades. I can’t wait to see Darfur country coming out in the messed, and the people of Nuba and Blue Nile to determine their future.

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      • 26 October 2012 07:38, by Dinkawarrior

        Correction!
        The only deal that might be possible!!!

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        in deed, i agree with this viewpoin that the people of Nuba and Blue Nile to determine their future.
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    • 26 October 2012 10:36, by South South

      Khartoum may listen to Africa Union this time. Israel taught them very dear lesson and that may make them see the truth. They have no way out about Abyei only to accept what Africa Union put out. The end is coming to Fake Black Arabs in Sudan.

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  • 26 October 2012 07:33, by Dinkawarrior

    The only deal that might be imposible is to impose sanction againist the party who is not abide with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement(CPA)Laws. In the CPA, there is nothing called Messeria of Abyei but other residents who live there more than five to ten decades. I can’t wait to see Darfur country coming out in the messed, and the people of Nuba and Blue Nile to determine their future.

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    • 26 October 2012 09:15, by Ahmado

      dinkawarrior,
      you are talking about the sanction, khartoum already has sanction what kind of sanction do you need to impose on them,they already there in book or list of terrorist no more sanction, the only thing we take action like what Israeli did to them ,i am ready to support the Israeli activities in sudan that is good move by our friend Israeli
      thank a lot and death to our enemy.

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  • 27 October 2012 23:12, by James Maker Akok

    I am not yet happy with this Document agreement until I see Abyei had been count to South Sudan Map, and other areas like Heglig, Kaka with others areas in Upper Nile,Kiir River, and Hofrat en Nahas with others areas in W. Bahr Ghazal are been counted to South Sudan Map.

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