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Sudanese foreign minister predicts additional time over Abyei

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December 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese foreign Ali Karti minister said confident that the African Union would give Khartoum and Juba additional time to solve their difference over the organisation of a referendum in Abyei.

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) on 24 October endorsed a proposal made by a mediation team led by the former South African President Thabo Mbeki providing to hold a referendum in the dispute area of Abyei in October 2013 without the participation of Misseriya nomads.

The decision however gave the parties a six-week delay that ends on 9 December to strike a deal on this proposal. But Sudan rejected it, stressing that it has the sovereignty over the disputed region and threatening that such demarche jeopardizes the whole process.

Speaking before the Sudanese lawmakers on Tuesday, Karti reassured South Kordofan MPs saying that the African proposal "will not ever see the light of day" and it will not be referred to the United Nations Security Council as the United States of America wants, as he said.

He warned that such move would lead to sacrifice the peace sealed between the countries.

He added that his ministry has finalized a study with the help of a British law firm on how to deal with the AU proposal on to settle Abyei’s contention.

The Sudanese minister insinuated that the study shows that the African Union cannot define the borders of an independent state.

He further briefed the MPs about the outcome of his African tour to explain the Sudanese position over Abyei saying they informed the African leaders that such proposal would lead to the return of war and weaken the African position after successfully bringing Khartoum and the former South Sudanese rebels to end the conflict and sign the 2005 peace agreement.

Karti, vice president Al-Haj Adam Yassein and presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie visited the countries members of the peace and security council to explain Khartoum’s position before a meeting scheduled for 14 December to examine the progress that parties made in their discussions, and to decide on the referral to the Security Council.

South Sudanese Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial on Monday stated that his country will not accept "endless negotiations" with Khartoum over the final status of Abyei and expected that the AUPSC will refer the proposal to the Security Council to endorse it under Chapter Seven of the UN Charter.

Karti said all the African leader are hopeful to break the stalled talks between the two countries, saying they want to put an end to this conflict but not to the "endless negotiations".

Two day ago some lawmakers demanded the Sudanese parliament to take a position over Abyei before the 14 December meeting of the AUPSC.

Mahdi Babo Nimir, a Misseriya leader, said discussions on Abyei are over and warned that the Misseriya will launch war "push the trigger" in case the Council takes a decision they are against.

Sudan and South Sudan failed to reach a compromise over who can participate in a referendum to determine the fate of the region.

If the nomads who also claim the ownership of the region participate in the referendum, the disputed region will remain part of Sudan and if they are excluded the Ngok Dinka will vote for joining the newly independent state.

(ST)

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  • 5 December 2012 11:01, by Mapuor

    Holding South Sudan hostage to this issue of Abyiei is a political suicide.SPLM should concentrate on internal issues of South Sudan and forget about foreign problems.There is no true government control in most parts of the country as this is evidenced by cattle rustling and intra and inter clan and tribal conflicts.Poverty should be eradicated to meet MDGs.HAAAAAA children of 21 years

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    • 5 December 2012 11:04, by Mapuor

      war are now street children in almost all towns of South Sudan.Priorities are :1.Security,2.Food security,3.Health,4.Education,5.Provision of clean water,6.Roads 7.Gender balance as women are just commodities for sale.

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      • 5 December 2012 11:28, by Nibs

        Mapour
        Don’t worry.you’ll not die for this land,just go to uganda or congo as cowards equatorians normally do.No idiot from arab can intimidate mighty dinka and their cousin nuer.we have deal with them for the last 23 years.Misseryias’ noise is just fart of a dog.

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        • 5 December 2012 12:39, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Death to you ybn el-mitneka called mapour, aka silly viper/ matoot, Gatwech

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          • 5 December 2012 14:51, by viper

            What a true crazy human person is this Dinka dominated dog! Calling death to pple! You will be the first to die because you are a classified drunkard, a man of no hope nor future. Look Karti is touring Africa and Europe to mobilise them to stand with his country while Nhial is playing chest and watching football matches in Juba. What a great curse!

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        • 5 December 2012 15:21, by ngomrom

          Dear Nib Equatorian are man, but we can not show our mighty on our own brothers and sisters give us our real anamy the Arabs, and we will show you what we are mark this word and don’nt write like a child Go back to 1991 tell us what was the fate of the movement you’r calming to achieved then talk Doctor Garang was harboured in Equatoria untill he gain mamentum
          Thanks

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    • 5 December 2012 11:34, by Tutbol

      Who do this lawyer thinks he is? The UK still longs for her old glory & still longs for relevant. We all know the UK even legally represents the biggest criminal on earth; the president of N Sudan; who is paying that legal representations? You guess & this same UK will turn around & claims moral superiority over other peoples. The devil at its best glides.
      This lawyer is a joke. Let the UK keeps..

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      • 5 December 2012 11:52, by Tutbol

        ..making itself a laughing stock on the eyes of many. The UK only legally can win anything on behave of N Sudan only at the UNSC where it rules supreme with uncheck corruption. Otherwise, even a villager with no legal training will just easily win our issues with the N Sudan & the UK...the UK is not a neutral party in this cases. The UK is burrying its self badly in the deep mud guys.

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        • 5 December 2012 12:13, by Tutbol

          Our people should know the UK govt is not an honest govt, it has never been & will never be. Intrigue, greed & class rule supreme in their country. The UK have a lot of honest peoples just like other countries, on their govt policies to our people had been & still is not acceptable. All our sufferings marginalised Sudanese including S Sudanese, the UK govt had been a factor but it thinks...

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          • 5 December 2012 12:33, by Tutbol

            ..it can keep our people on a mere poverty & wars it had been keeping our people on, since it left Sudan. Our people should keep their eyes open. this monster can take advantage of our tribalise community to set our peoples against each other. Arabs have done it before on us & they still can do it with the influence of this monster to cause divisions amongst our peoples.

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    • 5 December 2012 12:38, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Death to you ybn el-mitneka called mapour, aka silly viper/ matoot, Gatwech

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    • 5 December 2012 14:20, by Young Lotuko

      Dear South Sudanese
      We should all be smart and know that Arabs are not going to let Abyei go in a peaceful way..The only way we are going to get Abyei back, is by a gun..Mark my words

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      • 6 December 2012 04:50, by Kenyang

        Lotuko,
        This is it. Everything else is garbage. Stop and cut all these rubbish talks with Sudan, find immediate alternative route for our oil, mobilze our people and immediately take any piece of territory that belongs to South Sudan. Time will not be on side of South Sudan on these endless talks. The longer South Sudan bows in front of Sudan, the better is regime in Khartoum.

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      • 6 December 2012 04:51, by Kenyang

        Lotuko,
        This is it. Everything else is garbage. Stop and cut all these rubbish talks with Sudan, find immediate alternative route for our oil, mobilze our people and immediately take any piece of territory that belongs to South Sudan. Time will not be on side of South Sudan on these endless talks. The longer South Sudan bows in front of Sudan, the better is regime in Khartoum.

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  • 5 December 2012 11:19, by hellonearth

    this is a joke.... Meseriya please don’t forget that during dry season you come to South Sudan. you attack then that will be the end of your

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    • 5 December 2012 13:09, by Robot

      Karti is happy not knowing the stolen maps by the British are also well known by South Sudanese. this is their part of "PLAN B". Buying time since when they predicted that the govt would collapse in august, which didn’t happened, again they said the govt would collapse in two months henceforth from Nov. pathetic Arabs are not ashamed, nothing would happen. Karti is chewing more than he can swallow

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      • 5 December 2012 14:05, by South Dengjok

        Dear Mapour,
        useless person,how can u talk uselessly like that,it is really known that u r from those who came from Khartoum that betrayed our country,for curtain of that, u go back to ur father Arab that u defense and support,leave S.Sudan to her citizen,son of concubine lady of jalaba that her mother making wine and alcohol under the tower of Arab in Khartoum,how can u talk like dat useless.

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