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Abyei referendum: S. Sudan now seeks AU intervention

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November 30, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Friday said the African Union should be fully involved in the conduct of a referendum to determine the final status of the disputed oil-producing region of Abyei.

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Members of Abyei civil society hold placards saying that Abyei belongs Ngok Dink chiefdoms in a protest outside the United Nations offices in Khartoum on September 23, 2010 (photo Getty)

The African Union Peace and Security Council decided on 24 October to give a six-week delay to Khartoum and Juba to strike a deal on Abyei on the basis of a proposal made by an African panel mediating between the two countries.

The Council also decided to hold the referendum in October 2013 and to refer its decision seeking the support of UN Security Council if the two parties fail to reach a deal during the 6-week period.

Khartoum already rejected the proposal which provides to hold a referendum without the participation of the Misseriya nomads and said not concerned by the position of the AUPSC accusing "foreign circles" of instigating this decision.

Luka Biong Deng, Co-Chair of the Abyei Oversight Committee for South Sudan (AOCSS) said it is important to involve the AU, if Sudan rejects proposals made by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the status on Abyei.

“It will be a great test to the leadership and ability of the regional body to independently and confidently handle it affairs without external intervention, if Sudan rejects the proposal on the status of Abyei when it is endorsed by the Security Council of the United Nations”, Deng told Sudan Tribune.

South Sudan, he said, has made “painful decisions” and “rational steps” towards the full implementation of the 2005 peace accord, further accusing its ex-foes, Sudan of “wasting” resources, instead of accepting the previous proposals aimed at determining the future of the contested region.

"All the people of South Sudan and especially it leadership want is to bring peace and sustainable dialogue and cooperation to establish mutual relations between the two viable states, living side by side to boost economies and development of their countries”, Deng reiterated.

The seriousness of the government of South Sudan to completely break deadlocks with its northern neighbour, is manifested in the way our leadership has decisions and steps towards issues being discussed, he added.

The AOCSS co-chair also accused some sections in Khartoum, of allegedly interfering with the planned summit between Sudanese President, Omer Al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir.

Francis Deng, South Sudan’s Permanent representative to the UN, on Wednesday, reiterated his government’s commitment to peaceful settlement of the all its disputes with Sudan, but warned that complete stability will not be achieved, without a solution to the conflict in the Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Sudan staged a diplomatic campaign to explain it rejection of the AUPSC decision. Sudan imposing an external decision with not resolve the conflict. President Bashir also announced that Abyei is located north to 1956 border and that only the Sudanese parliament can modify Abyei referendum law.

Presidential Assistant Nafie Ali Nafie met with South African President Jacob Zuma and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Also Vice President Al-Haj Adam Yassein also visited Nigeria and Côte d’Ivore where he met with the president of the two countries.

Foreign minister Ali Karti has juste returned from an African tour including Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Lesotho to explain Khartoum’s position over the conflict.

Meanwhile, Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator is in Khartoum today, to discuss the issue related to the agreements reached between the two countries, while the joint security committee will reportedly meet in the Sudanese capital from 5-6 December.

Sudan and South Sudan failed to implement the protocols of the Cooperation Agreement signed on 27 September as the two countries diverge over the disarmament of Sudan people’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) fighters.

Khartoum says SPLM-N disarmament is part of the security deal but Juba rejects says such demand saying there are no longer linked with their former comrades in Sudan.

The implementation of the security arrangements is supposed to take place before the other protocols including oil exportation.

(ST)

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  • 1 December 2012 09:28, by zulu

    Dont you realize that it was dumb of you to vote yes for Palestine. You think the issue of Abyei will ever be supported by most Arab States, including the feebled African states? You just shot yourselves on the foot

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    • 1 December 2012 10:32, by Young Lotuko

      Zulu..I don’t think South Sudan voted, but I know Sudan voted

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  • 1 December 2012 10:34, by master

    Abyei is located nouth of 1956 border & will be there for ever
    southern lick yours elbow

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    • 1 December 2012 11:16, by Tutbol

      Master.
      Can u & i bet if your assertion will hold. Keep in mind that by hooks & crooks, u will not be grazing your damn cattle if u people continue to be assertive on the Abyiei ownership. U people never learn. You lost the South & u will again see SK, SBN & Darfur slip away on your ignorant eyes. You people are out of touch with the reality. Keep ignoring things & u will reap it results fellows.

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      • 1 December 2012 11:30, by master

        Tutbol
        you will lose Abyei because it is not belong to south sudan & am sure u will lose SS it self with your funny president and refugee status in sudann

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        • 1 December 2012 21:03, by apiu-marial

          master,
          Abyei is our land and it will ever be our land, understand mi carefully okay, if you criminal try to joke with the decision, we will order the gallant force known as (SPLA) kick ur weakest army who hve fail to depeat splm-n fighters out but keep it in mine that they will never stop again till the kick u bich out to red sea and the remain in full control of port sudan,
          NO WITHDRAWAL ANYMO

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        • 2 December 2012 09:25, by mudfish

          Tutbol
          you forget of lost South Sudan my friend,if could have happen since time of strangle,went Nuer a term to destroy the movement,Abyei nay be apart s sudan if here people d’t follow they grandfather step Deng Majok who soul Abyei to Sudan.

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    • 1 December 2012 11:18, by South South

      Master,
      It is you and your falling Sudan which need to lick their elbows. Abyei is already back to South Sudan. Gosh is dying from fear in prison. Omar Bashir is dying from cancer. Sudan is falling deep to civil war. Nothing is left in Sudanese because our Almightly Israel is watching them day and night. wicked country called Sudan

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  • 1 December 2012 10:53, by panchol

    Master.
    Abyei must come back to South Sudan in any way, powerly,ethnically, spiritually, politically,physically,culturally,emotionally,historically and geographically.
    Dead Government wanted to tell us we are the problem.
    just lick like lilipop this majestic stick of mine".

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  • 1 December 2012 11:04, by agwait majok

    The isud of Abyei was done last year, but we do not have power to remove the arab in the region of the nine Dinka, the Africa Union is finish with the unite nation and security council, however the problem we had Africa union and Security council they can’t fight just they give you your right and then you can see what you going to do to slvoe problem, we should cry to our government or turn away

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  • 1 December 2012 11:18, by master

    Panchol
    yes there is many ways to get it back but the only one way now when u go to bed (dream)

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    • 1 December 2012 13:29, by panchol

      Master, hahahahaha why should I dream while I have my own hands and very potential brain.
      Abyei is totally land of Ngok Dinka neither of that land belongs to Arab idiot. more so no Dinka man one time cut off to an other country ok? did you get me well Master? You will not get any inch or hacters of that land. lol! hahahahaha I laugh for something funny.

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  • 1 December 2012 13:07, by Northern Sudanese

    US officials have visited leaders of the misseireyah tribe, they gave them an offer. if they vote for Abyei to join south sudan, they will receive %60 of Abyeis oil.
    thats so funny lol, who do these americans think they are??? misseireyah aren’t south sudanese, misseireyah don’t sell their land for pennies.

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    • 1 December 2012 13:23, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Did you watch the video clip I posted to you about Messeirya ? Man, South Sudan is winning everything about Abyei. If what you just said about offer from USA to Messeirya is true, Messeiriya needs to start dancing and take it because Abyei is coming to South Sudan with oil to Messeiriya or without it. Poor country called Sudan where young men are sold in markets.

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      • 1 December 2012 14:43, by Hardball

        Northern Sudanese, before you sell your 60% none-sense you have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that; the Misseriyas are people of Abyei. Look, you don’t go to the Bank and demand to be given 60% of the money; but before you do that, you need to first show your ID and Account Number to prove that the Bank belong to you and you have the money you’re demanding 60% of!

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        • 1 December 2012 15:25, by Jay

          Northern Sudanese,
          What’s funny is your narration of U.S officials talking to Misseriya tribe men that, they will be given 60% of Abyei oil if they voted for Abyei to joint South Sudan; why should they be getting 60% when they became South Sudanese? How humorous and stupid does that sound? You see, when you’re losing; the desperation produces senselessness!

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    • 1 December 2012 14:23, by Rommel

      Northern Sudanese:
      Their land!? The Misseriya are not people of Abyei! They do not have any legitimate permanent settlements in Abyei. The Misseriya are transhumant... their traditional lands and permanent settlements are in Muglad and Babanusa — North of Abyei; they are merely seasonal migrants, residing in Abyei for a derisory amount of time — four [4] months in a year.

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    • 1 December 2012 14:30, by Tutbol

      N Sudanese.
      Don’t bank on that fellow, the US is just an ally & not a decision maker on behave of S Sudanese. The messirya would only be allowed free access to the grazing lands & would be allowed health & educational services by the Abyiei natives as long they obey the laws of the land. Got it brother?

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    • 2 December 2012 04:08, by Observer

      N Sudanese,
      Where is your proof of your statement. It is very brave of you ( or maybe foolish) to come onto a public site like this and make such statements.

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