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Sudan’s Misseriya stage demonstrations against Mbeki’s Abyei proposal


November 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Around 100 members of the Arab Misseriya tribe staged a demonstration in Khartoum on Wednesday to protest the proposal tabled by African Union (AU) mediator Thabo Mbeki on the disputed Abyei region which recieved the blessings of the Pan African body.

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Some 100 protesters from the nomadic Arab Misseriya tribe demonstrate in Khartoum on November 28, 2012 (Getty Images)

Under the terms of the proposal the Dinka Ngok tribe, affiliated with South Sudan, would vote in the referendum to decide on the future of the area along with other permanent residents of Abyei. This would effectively leave out the nomadic Misseriya who travel south into Abyei a few months a year to graze cattle.

The Sudanese government insists that the Misseriya should be allowed to participate. But unless a separate deal is reached with South Sudan by early December, the AU proposal will be binding to the two sides.

The popular commission of Abyei region which organized today’s demonstration handed a memo to the AU and the United Nations (UN) expressing their views and reiterating the rejection of Mbeki’s plan.

Mahdi Babu Nimir who heads the commission, said in a press conference that the proposal is a "Zionist, French, British and American" one that aims to allow South Sudan to annex Abyei.

He called that a betrayal of the Misseriya and the Dinka Ngok and a blow to peaceful co-existence in the region.

The Misseriya figure went on to say that the Abyei issue is used to remove Sudan from its African dimension and accused U.S. ambassador Susan Rice of working against his tribe in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) calling her a "speckled snake".

Nimir also had harsh words for the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir saying they marginalized the Misseriya during the north-south peace talks in Naivasha which eventually led to the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

He claimed that Sudan’s delegation had little knowledge about Misseriya’s tribal structure and also lambasted "influential" Dinka Ngok members in South Sudan government for "spreading lies" in international media on Abyei crisis.

"The issue of Abyei has been hijacked and if it was about courage we could take it [Abyei] by force but we respect the institutions," Nimir said.

The referendum is close to two years past due as it was supposed to be held on January 2011 along with South Sudan referendum but disputes on voter eligibility delayed it.

In New York the Sudan UN ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman described Abyei as a "sensitive issue" and warned that imposition of "any unilateral solution will not help reach a final peace in the area and might bring people back to square one which we would like to avoid".

"The [United Nations] Security council here or any organ should not behave as a court of justice. This is a legal dispute on a territorial dispute. The two parties must be given time," he told reporters after a briefing on South Sudan by head of UN peacekeeping operations Hervé Ladsous.

"So any kind of quick fix which will not take care of the interests of the two communities on the ground would not help the two states agree on a final suitable solution for Abyei," Osman said.

The Sudanese diplomat emphasized that they should be given more time to seek alternative solutions

But South Sudan UN ambassador Francis Deng told UNSC meeting that his country welcomes the "endorsement of the UN Security Council of any decision made by the African Union with regards to Abyei or other outstanding issues, not as an imposition on the parties but rather as a demonstration of support for the region’s considered view of what the most appropriate way forward is the AU endorsement of Abyei plan".

Deng expressed regret that Sudanese president did not take up South Sudan president invitation to Juba to continue discussion on the final status of Abyei.

In Khartoum, the visiting US special envoy to Sudan said that Washington is seeking to narrow gap between Khartoum and Juba on outstanding issues including Mbeki’s proposal on Abyei.

Sudanese troops withdrew from Abyei in May to end a year-long occupation that sent more than 100,000 people fleeing towards South Sudan. The area is now controlled by United Nations peacekeepers from Ethiopia.


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  • 29 November 2012 07:40, by omoni jr.

    Homeless are demonstration,???????
    what is the last Homeless can voice anything like this??

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    • 29 November 2012 07:43, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      Misseriya can dissolve thier demonstration into water and drink it, they donot have a right to have their say in Abyei issue,

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      • 29 November 2012 10:46, by Paul Ongee

        Ya Mahdi Babu Nimir & Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman,
        You are playing the wrong game with the wrong people. Please, answer these simple questions. Were Messeriya among the over 100,000 people who fled towards South Sudan in May 2008 & 2011 when SAF attacked Abyei? Where is the sense of sensitivity of the Abyei issue that requires more time to agree to disagree or disagree to agree?

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        • 29 November 2012 10:47, by Paul Ongee

          Whether the proposal of excluding Messeriya from participating in Abyei referendum is a "Zionist, French, British and American"or not, the outcome of the referendum is crystal clear; Abyei will roll back to its original place in South Sudan where it belongs historically, linguistically and culturally. You have every right to let Abyei go legally and peacefully or not.

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          • 29 November 2012 10:48, by Paul Ongee

            Your resource-stricken Khartoum doesn’t have to be reminded every now and then. It’s your right to continue demonstrating stupidity to the whole world by issuing negative statements, running out of diplomatic language, using poor Messeriya to take to the streets or beg the Russian Ambassador for dreamed participation in the referendum.

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            • 29 November 2012 11:11, by Paul Ongee

              Around 100 members of Messeriya or perhaps less, staged a less demonstration in Khartoum that they are less qualified to be “other less residents” and less recognized by Khartoum since they’re less represented in Khartoum. There are over 100 thousands Junubin in Khartoum alone who are on transit to return to South Sudan while poor Messeriya of the North are less than 100 in Khartoum.

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    • 29 November 2012 07:51, by Ruach

      They don’t feel ashame! That is a culture of Jallabi!

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      • 29 November 2012 08:56, by Diu J.Kuek

        This demonstrations against Mbeki by these homeless so called Misseriya is a rubbish they just been pressure by NCP to do so but what need to be done for the Abyei issue by South Sudan need to work hard to get more support from International friends specially S.Sudan Ambassador to UN Dr Francis Deng must work hard this messes caused by his father Deng Kuol Majok whose left with unreadable legacy.

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    • 29 November 2012 08:08, by Young Lotuko

      Lol Omoni, good questions and I don’t think all of thses ppl are mesiries..

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    • 29 November 2012 08:22, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Misseriya,Mbek’s Abyei Propsal means few of you will votes but not the curren Misseriya who looks like Nigeria will not votes,since the 9 chiefs of Dinka Ngok known the right Misseriyas to vote,don’t start crying earlier like this,the last bullet for Abyei is Oct 2013.

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    • 29 November 2012 08:52, by South Dengjok

      Dear me,
      How can the Bum homeless person claim the home of another person to be his,it is like what has said by Ruach on the commence that ,Messiriya already adapt the system of Jalaba which is claiming Sb property to be his,dat was why they took Khartoum as their city while historical it is our home,but taken by them with their this fucken useless complaint

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    • 29 November 2012 09:02, by South Dengjok

      Haaaa haaaaa!useless concubine of Jalaban and Homless people,you are just barking with nothing,claiming and crying bout south Sudan land,why don,t u get land from ur father Jalab????why he does not give you land?you with ur fathers Jalaba u stop from crying of SS properties,useless people that I never seen in my life.

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    • 29 November 2012 09:35, by South South

      Penguins and black people called Misseriya are wasting their time. Abyei has gone for South Sudan. Whether they like it or not, it is going for South Sudan. They can come and live in South Sudan as black people, not as fake Arabs.

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    • 29 November 2012 11:10, by Big Boy

      Dear Omins
      you are right really are homelss peoples, just let them bark like dog.

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    • 29 November 2012 13:33, by Young Nation

      Praise the Lord. What goes around comes around and what goes up must come down. The issue of abyei is a finished business. The NCP and their Messiriya are now placed in their rightful corner. This had be done first by the ABC, International Court of Arbitration and now by both AU, UNSC and the wider International Community. Let Both NCP and Messiriya make no miskate of frustrating this ruling.

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  • 29 November 2012 07:56, by P.K.M

    You don’t demonstrate to own the land; you have to historically own it; Misseriyas should produce historical evidences that demonstrate their Abyei ownership.
    Jalaby, are these the colors of the people you called Arabs? You guys are black Africans; how could you be that injudicious to hate your skin color? Now the whole world can’t stop laughing of how imprudent you’re to call yourselves Arabs.

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  • 29 November 2012 07:59, by 4Justice

    "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." —John 8:44

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  • 29 November 2012 08:33, by Kenyang

    Dinka Ngok is not a tribe. Dinka is the tribe. Dinka Ngok is one of 13 other sections of Dinka. Good, old days of Misseriya monopoly used of guns are long gone. Abyei is 100% South Sudan.

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  • 29 November 2012 08:35, by Quintino

    Mahdi Babu Nimr!Stop this decieptful drama. Unborn child know what Abyei is. Full stop. The friendship between Deng Majok & Babu Nimr doesn’t give Misseirya anyright on Abyei land, people, etc. Be grateful to the people of Abyei. You have unfetted seasonal access to pastures & water for your animals.
    If it comes to force,Mahdi,you the SPLA better. If you don’t, ask Gen.Fadhala Burma or Min. A/Rahi

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  • 29 November 2012 08:36, by George Bol

    You jallaba are damn to fail, can you take Abyei by force, this Arab are joking. Need even time for what? jallaba has a culture of lie and cheat, how long we negotiate you jallab? waste of time, I rather see what this Arab will do in 2013 referendum. SPLM/A must plan for this referendum and make this accord a last one about Abyei,by sacrifice and will of our power,

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  • 29 November 2012 08:38, by Chol A.

    NCP fool them and give them money to stage against the decision whch have already being made. If Abeyi is youths why are Misseriya stage in Khartoum?. You should stage in where your home were if you believe Abyei is yours. stuppit people just stage for failure and your will never win your claim at all.

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  • 29 November 2012 08:43, by Foxtail

    I think these guys are mentally rentarded. they should in the first read, world minds before making noise in streets of the mourning city. not even an inch of Abyei town would ever goes to Sudan. lol

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  • 29 November 2012 08:46, by Foxtail

    I think these guys are mentally rentarded. they should in the first read, world minds before making noise in streets of the mourning city. not even an inch of Abyei town would ever goes to Sudan. lol

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  • 29 November 2012 09:14, by Mapuor

    Look at Misseriyia are they truly Arabs?Dinka Ngok should also go back to their country and start development there.Leave South Sudan to concentrate on its internal issues.Blue Nile,Nuba and Abyei people should talk to their government and find amicable solutions to their problems.We have Yau Yau

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  • 29 November 2012 09:30, by Ahmado

    t hese people call Misseriya they donot know what is fighting? may be drunk with political view but let us wait for day when it will happen. khartoum make Misseriya to get trouble for nothing.

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  • 29 November 2012 11:26, by littlejimmy

    This guy is forgetting one thing..what Muhammad did wasn’t his choice, he was told what to do..and he did it. Muhammad didn’t make the rules, he followed God’s rules..and one of those rules is that homosexuality is an abominable;and against God’s laws of nature, why are you doing that? it will be burnt down by radicals that believe being gay is a one way ticket straight to hell. homless cry.

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    • 29 November 2012 13:25, by Robot


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  • 29 November 2012 14:59, by kuac Agol

    Mbeki Proposal is very good , if it could be implemented so Misseriya should not squabble for no reason
    They are visitors to Abyei ,however lodging complaint against Abyei people is not reasonable
    Please ,let them join thier people in kahrtuom and fine relocation rather than taking somebody,s land by crying bitterly
    God is not stupid like Bashir,He will make it happen

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  • 29 November 2012 15:03, by Akoon mangok

    Misseriya should forget that the land belong to them but rather protesting for the getting position in the government of Khartoum instead because they forgot the issue that theyu are second class citizen in Sudan Arabs dominant government. Let them not disturb the peace South Sudan where we are enjoying peace and never want our nose to be bruises be useless people like them.

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  • 29 November 2012 16:32, by panchol

    Miseriya and whatsoever you call yourselves.
    don’t dirtify your relationship with South Sudan. Abyei is totally land of Dinka Ngok though you open case against junubean before God, God Himself agree with South Sudanese.
    "Empty vessels make more noise".proverb!

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  • 29 November 2012 17:04, by Northern Sudanese

    all dark useless low life south sudanese asylum seekers above chatting shit created from fear, you can chat as much as you like insects :)
    Misseireyah, the whole of Sudan is with you. there is nothing called 2013 referendum for insects, Mbeki can fuck himself with AU proposal.

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    • 29 November 2012 18:43, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      "all dark useless low life"
      Why are you insulting your own color wicked man ? People who are converted to Islam, then to Arabization are very dangerous to their own people. You can lick your own ass, but Abyei will not come back to you penguin. I have a big offer for you in South Sudan. Come to Juba and say " Iam black" We will welcome you for real not that one of Fake Arab.

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