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South Sudan will not accept endless talks over Abyei - FM


December 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) - South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Monday that they will not again accept "endless negotiations" with Khartoum over the final status of the disputed Abyei region.

Minister Nhial Deng Nhial said his country had done all that could be expected to ensure the dispute over the area is settled amicably. “We have done a lot not only on Abyei but on all the other remaining issues which we could not complete implementation in comprehensive peace agreement,” said Nhial.

He said there was a growing consensus among major member states of the African Union (AU) that the dispute over the region must be brought to an end, as well as the statuses of other disputed areas along their shared border.

"No single African country is not supporting breaking a deadlock on a number of issues with Sudan, they are all for peaceful resolution. There is now a general consensus from major member states of the African Union. They want to put an end to this dispute. This was why the African Union Peace and Security Council passed a communiqué in April giving a clear timeline. They want an end to the conflict not an endless negotiation," explained Nhial.

The African Union High Level Implementation Panel in September presented to the two heads of state a peace proposal calling for a of referendum for the people of Abyei in October 2013. The proposal also defined who would be eligible to vote in the exercise.

This position was presented to the AU Peace and Security Council which adopted it on 24 October, but gave the two parties an additional six weeks to continue with discussions in order voluntarily reach a consensus, instead of allowing continental body to make the decision on their behalf in the event they have failed to strike a deal.

The Misseriya are a nomadic group historically aligned with Khartoum. Their inclusion in a vote on the future of Abyei, by its populous, otherwise dominated by the Juba-aligned Ngok-Dinka, is a contentious matter yet to be resolved by talks.

President Salva Kiir last week during a forum of South Sudanese governors declared that he and his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Al-Bashir, have failed to agree on reaching a consensus.

“On the 9th December, the six weeks that was given for us to consult as requested by the Sudanese Government will pass. My expectation is that the AUHIP will then present the position for adoption to the AU Peace and Security Council. If the AU Peace and Security Council adopt it, they will send the same position to the UNSC [UN Security Council] and ask them to adopt it as the final status of Abyei," Kiir told the forum.

Sudan, on the other hand, said opposed to the proposal and rejected the AUPSC’s decision. Sudanese officials also engaged a diplomatic campaign to explain their position over the issue.

The two parties due to their divergences, over the security issues, failed to implement nine other agreements they signed in Addis Ababa on 27 September.

Talks over the implementation of security arrangements are set to resume Wednesday as technical committees have already resumed their meetings on Monday.

Pagan Amum South Sudanese top negotiator was in Khartoum during the week end to reiterate the willingness of his government to implement the protocols of the Cooperation Agreement saying the oil exportation might resume by the end of December.

However, a leading member of the ruling National Congress Party, Qutbi Mahdi, reiterated Monday in Khartoum that nothing will happen without the security arrangements.

Khartoum says the security deal provides that Juba has to disarm the SPLM-North rebels while the later repeats it cannot force the rebels to lay down their weapons asserting they are no longer part of its army.


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  • 4 December 2012 08:23, by South South

    Very good MR, Deng Nhial. We can not waste our time with lairs in Khartoum. We need to put an end to the issues with them. They are dying, USA dollar reaches 6.3. Lairs, leave them alone to die.

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    • 4 December 2012 12:05, by Dinkawarrior

      Nhial Deng you have been so soft like a woman who is ready to be fucken up! Where were son of woman? You just spoil name of our late hero William Deng Nhial while you born cowardic! You big head with nothing in it! Shame on you! You better do your so that we will give you credit in this case of Abyei. We all William Deng had done his part but we expect to do the same!

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      • 4 December 2012 12:08, by Dinkawarrior

        Nhial Deng you have been so soft like a woman who is ready to be fucken up! Where were son of woman? You just spoil name of our late hero William Deng Nhial while you born cowardic! You big head man with nothing in it! Shame on you! You better do your best so that we will give you credit in this case of Abyei. We all know William Deng had done his part but we expect you to do the same!

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  • 4 December 2012 08:27, by zulu

    Ngiahl, I laud this stance because NCP is not serious enough and you must push the world to end this mendacity

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  • 4 December 2012 08:27, by viper

    Where were you all this time Nhial? Have you been to Europe supporting football matches as you are already a classified football fan who lacks foreign politics principles ? Is this the right time for you to talk? If I were you, I could have resigned couz you are nothing in the ministry of foreign affairs. Just go to sleep in Europe and leave us alone

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    • 4 December 2012 08:36, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      He who stands for nothing will fall for anything., do you really think that H E Nhail don’t have a life like you to not like sport? go away with your low live you son of unknown man, some families are wealthy to be like you, go and die hard and leave Nhail alone, he is a son of batter person and more educated than your stupid poor family you son of bitch called silly viper, you will not be us

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      • 4 December 2012 08:56, by J P Puok

        Mangoom, please give us a break when serious are being discuss

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      • 4 December 2012 12:09, by viper

        What can a street boy know about pple’s background in the country? Once they hear about pple names as street boy, the start supporting them without having got the personal biography. Both Nhial and his dad have done nothing to this country and will never be appreciated by wise Jieng. Their genes are full of laziness and love of sleeping. Nhial’s appointment was the worse ever made by Kiirdit

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        • 4 December 2012 13:02, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          In relation to liar and silly dumb viper, I know in every country/ society there are families that know how to govern and those who are useless sitting their asses to critized they work done by God given families, you are one of those useless shameless son of those families who were living in mud and useless living since the creation of the world, but you must stay with it because God punished you

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          • 4 December 2012 17:25, by aguotwany@live.com

            Dear Dinkademonated or so.
            We are here to discuss serious issues concerning our country and the gentleman has express the truth and you came out calling people sons of nothing.
            It is wrong to speak like that, who is Nhial Deng Nhial any way? Nhial has done nothing to South, Sudan period and if you want really debate then take the stand.
            Please be smart and support the right position.

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      • 4 December 2012 13:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        In diplomats, Nhial is my boss but in the army he is my junior, I respected even though he has no big education like me,
        your jealousy will never come close to our families door, your mum is now dying without your help yet you full your nothing mouth to critized those who know how to feed their families and those who where born out of poverty, go and make your parents lives better before talk

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        • 4 December 2012 17:31, by aguotwany@live.com

          Dear Dinka Domanted Spla,
          please do not use our SPLA logo like that.
          When we rebelled against the Khartoum government , we were looking for better services. Did the guy you defending Nhial did anything for the interest of the South, Sudan? And answer is nothing at all. Wait the 2015 to stay in that office again and speake those shits ever. We are done cowardice politics like the gentleman said.

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        • 4 December 2012 20:49, by viper

          Interms of Education, Nhial is more educated than you fool Dinka dog and Nhial was among the senior members of the SPLM, unlike you street boy but the fact that Nhial is doing nothing to this country is undeniable. You want to claim that you are senior than Nhial? How dare you dog. Nhial only lacks vision and is also a classified lazy. These are only the problems of Nhial

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  • 4 December 2012 09:29, by Morthon Akol

    Now the question is this. if the two parties fail to agree on issue of security that mean the rest of the issues will not be implemented?

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  • 4 December 2012 11:33, by master

    it is up to you but Abyei is inside sudan & not south sudan who can decide obout it
    knock your head on the wall and go drink all nile water
    say to u some thing invade it again hahaaa

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    • 4 December 2012 12:51, by Love for the Nation

      dear master,i know you of being a good master all this long,there is nowhere on earth that history can be denied.if all what you are saying is the only history you know then am sory.you know when we disscuss serious matters let us not use abusive kind of words but convince somebody correctly.what i know from ma bros in khartuom is that anywhere with oil is claimable,dont be surprise that when they

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      • 4 December 2012 12:59, by Love for the Nation

        hear of oil in Jonlei they will claim it to be part of the so-called North.what know is that Abyei is not a claim area nor a shared area it is for Dinka ngok and will remain for Dinka ngok for life.we have been so hospitable to allow the so-cllalled miserya to grazed their cattle in our land and stupidly they claim to be pple of Abyei,what is the meaning of Abyei in Miserya? can u tell me master?

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        • 4 December 2012 13:11, by master

          what is the meaning of bahr alghzal
          is this your lagic
          now we have arab in south is this getting us the right to claim that land belong to us?

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          • 4 December 2012 14:11, by Love for the Nation

            Dear H.E chief master,
            the meaning of bar el ghazal is simply the river where ghazals states and generally be4 separetion arabic was the official language in sudan.so naming in arabic doesn,t make it arab place and dika have never been spoken by arabs of miserya let alone naming a place.

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      • 4 December 2012 13:04, by master

        mr Love for nation
        facts is facts
        where Abyei located .north or south 1956?

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        • 4 December 2012 14:16, by Love for the Nation

          Abyei have never been located in the North but the administration was under North so these are two different things all together,location and administration.when sudan was under Egpht, have they come back one day and claim a piece of land? let us learn to differetiate things.

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        • 4 December 2012 14:17, by Robot

          everyone is seeing the irony in Nhial’s speech. when he was the minister of defence, he was ever a adamant, to me something must be wrong with Nhial. well, 2015 is around the corner and as long as democracy is concerned, you are not rooted to one party, form your own party and vie for the presidency if it is what you wish. just an opinion.

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          • 5 December 2012 07:36, by 4Justice

            It doesn’t matter whether these cursed imbeciles are re-elected in 2015 or not, the damage has been done.

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        • 4 December 2012 21:01, by James Maker Akok

          Abyei was taken to North Sudan from South Sudan in 1905 but Abyei is still for South Sudan because it’s from South Sudan.

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  • 5 December 2012 01:45, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    I appreciated comcrade Nhial Deng,with positive decision,on Abyei.Iwish the government of South Sudanese for support African Union and Secruity council proposal on October 2013 Referandum of Abyei,they voters will be Abyei’s people.
    Let SPLM not changes their confirm decision. Don’t give chances to jaliba again.

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