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Sudan urges UNSC to reconsider Abyei draft text while criticizing AU


November 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti on Tuesday criticized the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) for removing a paragraph that gives Khartoum and Juba six weeks to consider a proposal on the disputed border region of Abyei.

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Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti upon his return to Khartoum from Cairo November 13, 2012 (SUNA)

Last month, the AUPSC endorsed the proposal drafted by the AU mediation team led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki which calls for holding a referendum in Abyei in October of next year. Only Dinka Ngok and Misseriya tribesmen residing in the area can participate in the exercise which will decide which country it will be part of.

Khartoum insists that the Misseriya herdsmen who spend significant time outside of Abyei should be allowed to participate. Mbeki’s initiative excludes this class from taking part in the referendum. If the latter goes as planned it is widely expected that the Dinka Ngok majority in Abyei will vote in favor joining South Sudan.

Karti claimed that the AUPSC decision was altered without Khartoum’s knowledge to remove reference to the six weeks period that allows both sides to study the proposal and express their views accordingly.

The Sudanese top diplomat alleged that the move was made behind the mediation’s back since the resolution can no longer be edited particularly as Juba has no interest in seeing it changed.

The minister went on to accuse the United States of pressing for having Mbeki’s proposal adopted by the AU and subsequently by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He said that Sudan will address the AUPSC over the draft text alteration on the ground that it violates what the ministers agreed to.

In New York the Sudan permanent mission sent a letter to the UNSC expressing "deepest worries" and "strong rejection" for part of the draft resolution circulated to renew the mandate of UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) for an additional six months.

"Our rejection stems from the fact that the AUPSC has accorded the Government of the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan a period of six weeks to agree on the matter and that period has not yet elapsed," said the letter dated November 12 and published by the Inner City Press website.

"In light of this fact any language expressing support or welcoming that decision [by AUSPC] is considered a premeditated attempt to influence the ongoing negotiations between the two states on the issue and aiming to side with the Government of South Sudan".

The omission of the six weeks clause in AUPSC will likely deem Sudan’s objection moot and will force Khartoum to directly plea with UNSC members particularly China and Russia to drop any reference to Mbeki’s proposal.


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  • 14 November 2012 08:21, by Snipper

    Here it starts again! Where is Nhial and Nyamlel? We don’t need their apologies this time!They have to resign if another disgrace set in again! Enough is enough! People should not sit on jobs and scare citizens for NOTHING!

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    • 14 November 2012 08:29, by zulu

      you are given 6 weeks to respond else UNSC will endorse AUSC roadmap. US has endorsed it and there will be no surprises

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    • 14 November 2012 08:35, by South South

      There are two options about Abyei’s issue:
      1- Abyei’s referndum to go with Dinka Angok allow to vote as in CPA
      2- UN to force Sudan by force to allow referendum of Abyei as it is
      3- War and South Sudan kills more penguins.

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      • 14 November 2012 13:11, by Alier

        The UNSC and AU had already made the decision on Abyei to have a referendum in 2013; the people of Abyei will decide in the ballot box and tell the world where they belong. Khartoum here; still arguing over which direction the train should take; but the train they are arguing over had already left the station.

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    • 14 November 2012 09:03, by Tutbol

      Typical of N. Sudanese; anything that isn’t in their favour & they would scream their nonsenses at the top of their rotten lungs against the US. They have been shielded by their uncle, the Britain, for a long time against S Sudanese; wallow it up fellows, you are not everybody’s oxygen, rather you’re just bunch of lowly breeds with huge egos against the Sudanese indigenouses

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  • 14 November 2012 08:25, by Michael Angelo

    Why Sudan waste time while this is a gone case? Only Dinka Nyok are eligible to vote period.

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    • 14 November 2012 08:50, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Really, Sudan is looking for war,otherwise agone case like this should be respected,it’s mean Russian ang china is the supporters,to all the sufffering of Abyei people.

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      • 14 November 2012 12:38, by ngomrom

        Khartoum is just a wounded Bafullo who is looking to die with others, Missiriya are just Nomads who knows nothing about politics so khartoum is using them for thier own ends, but i do not blame the NCP i personally can blame the so called international Community for giving Khartoum any thing they wants and no body question them when we do the same you will find every body from the corner southing

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      • 14 November 2012 13:34, by ngomrom

        Okucu My Brother this tag are war mongors do not listen to them they are just like dogs barking and the Camel is on the move
        Thanks Ngom Rom

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  • 14 November 2012 08:32, by Ruach

    "Tuesday Ali Karti criticized the Au and AUPSC for removing a paragraph that give Juba and Khartoum 6weeks." Ali Karteeh,Mesiriya are ilegible to vote as they are fully immigrants in Ngok ’s Abyei land! Why do u still like to stay in our country? Leave our country alone before it is too late! Where is your relationship u wanna normalize with US without Israel and South Sudan?

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  • 14 November 2012 08:35, by Ruach

    "Tuesday Ali Karti criticized the Au and AUPSC for removing a paragraph that give Juba and Khartoum 6weeks." Ali Karteeh,Mesiriya are ilegible to vote as they are fully immigrants in Ngok ’s Abyei land! Why do u still like to stay in our country? Leave our country alone before it is too late! Where is your relationship u wanna normalize with US without Israel and South Sudan? They are Terrorists!

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  • 14 November 2012 08:52, by Akol Liai Mager

    By Hotep;
    Arabs in Sudan have only 1500 years they entered 652 AD and according to conditions of Al Bagat agreement between Abdalla Ben Abu Sarah and Nubian king Kalodosos at that time, the Arabs were given a land to build mosque in Dongola ,to live in Sudan as traders but not settllers.

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    • 14 November 2012 08:54, by Akol Liai Mager

      Al Rakoba if you refuse to publish it this time also we are coming to have African TV in Sudan where we are coming to rule Sudan. These are historical fact today or tomorrow you will know.

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  • 14 November 2012 08:53, by Paul Ongee

    Ya Ali Karti,
    Did you use your influence to get the six weeks proposed for your usual delay tactics? Whether the decision of removing that particular paragraph was from AUPSC, US or UNSC, just remember these words “You can fool some people sometimes but not all people all the time.”

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    • 14 November 2012 08:53, by Paul Ongee

      What is the difference between “Cooperation Agreement” and the “CPA?” Title doesn’t matter but “faithful implementation” on the ground involves something more than the word “cooperation” during the interim period and the one of September 27th, 2012.

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      • 14 November 2012 09:12, by Paul Ongee

        CPA has made it clear that “only Dinka Ngok and other citizens” residing in the area NOT Messeriya who are “langa-langa sambla bi-dun biut fi Abyei.” Mark these words - Nomadic Messeriya have already lost the chance of being “permanent residents” in Abyei since 1905. The looters of May-2008 and May- 2011 are NOT qualified to vote. Copy this to the sick president, Bashir.

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  • 14 November 2012 10:28, by Gogrialboys

    Dear South-sudanese,
    it seems like another diplomatic failure is looming on horizon. I’m saddened to see those diplomatic thugs of Khartoum running around the world complaining and creating conditions in negotiating table, while south-sudanese diplomatics are no where to be found. Did they not learn a lesson during Panthou invasion, and how the world reacted against us due to diplomatic failure?

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    • 14 November 2012 18:30, by Ruach

      We need looted money back for the fighters!

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  • 14 November 2012 11:21, by Makunon

    AUPSC/UNSC are the top org. which decide at less, Ali has no right to criticize them. CPA gave Ngok right to decide whether they should belong to the South or North full stop and wait for the result

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  • 14 November 2012 12:35, by Jonny

    Dear north sudan You all rejected the negotiation for Abiey referendum with in six week last month and you are again crying for it now, you need to talk one voice

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    • 14 November 2012 15:59, by Peacocktail

      We are tied of NCP failures on fruitful negotiation, Last week theirs reservation on Abyei was very Clear, Abyei Belong to Misserriaya........Where in the world are foreigners given legitimate right to own the Land.Even God shall act in the Name of Ngok Dinka Land. Our Diplomats should rise theirs voices in the Game, No Logic till referendum is conducted in October 2013 or we go to War with NCP

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    • 14 November 2012 17:39, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Where are the like of NS,M. Ali and name to support liers of NCP gvt,i bet their could be a school of lying in Khartoum.

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  • 15 November 2012 06:22, by mudfish

    UNSC and AU has already decided,people of Abyei are the right people to vote and chose where to go,Abyei is Dinka Nyok land so missiriya are different people.

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