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Sudan warns against referring Abyei to UN Security Council


December 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan foreign minister warned that referring Abyei file to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will complicate the issue and will lead to a new conflict in the region.

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People displaced by fighting in Abyei in southern Sudan wait for assistance and aid supplies in the village of Agok May 18, 2008. (Reuters)

Ali Ahmed Karti discussed the issue on Wednesday with the Chinese ambassador, Luo Xiaoguang, in Khartoum, for the first time, as the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) prepares to examine the issue in a meeting to be held on 14 December.

Despite Khartoum’s rejection, the regional body decided on 24 October to endorse a proposal made by the mediation team providing to hold a referendum in October 2013 without the participation of the Misseriya pastoralists.

The African council further decided to refer definitively the proposal to the Security Council if the two parties fail within six weeks to reach a compromise based on what the mediation offered. No meeting was held during the past period between the two sides.

Karti informed Xiaoguang that Sudan rejects the proposal which enables the Ngock-Dinka to annex the region to the newly independent South Sudan, stressing it will not accept a solution imposed by any foreign institution as long as it goes against its national interests and the interests of its people.

The minister however said they accept to resolve the conflict within the African framework.

Following the issuance of the AUSPC decision over Abyei on 24 October, Sudan accused the United Sates and some Western countries of lobbying behind the scene for the referral of the proposal to the UNSC telling they can force Khartoum to accept it under Chapter Seven of the UN Charter.

According to the minister, the proposed referendum goes against the foundations of the solution, already supported by the international community, included in Abyei Protocol and Abyei Referendum Act, which are adopted by a parliament composed of the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement before the secession.

He added, according to the official news agency SUNA, that the proposal also violates the 20 June 2011 agreement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area.

Sudan already sought the support of the Russian Republic which is a permanent member of the Security Council and has the power to veto any decision that the 15-member body may take.

Russian and Sudanese officials tackled the issues in different meetings in Khartoum and Moscow.

Last week Nafie Ali Nafie after touring key African countries to explain Sudan’s position on the issue travelled to Moscow where he signed different economic deals and discussed Abyei with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

The meeting with the Chinese ambassador is seen as a formality that the foreign minister thought important to fulfil but Sudan, according to different sources, does not expect the support of Beijing in this issue due to its oil investments in South Sudan.

Ambassador Xiaoguang reiterated China’s keenness to establish fruitful cooperation with both countries and expressed its wishes that peace prevails in the region.

According to SUNA, the Chinese diplomat added that Beijing encourages the two parties to reach a compromise within the African framework without external intervention that may interfere with efforts to reach a solution.

Juba says the two countries have discussed the issue in vain since several years.

South Sudan campaigned in favour of the African proposal and delegations visited different countries including Russia to convince its leader to support Mbeki’s proposal.


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  • 13 December 2012 10:49, by Santino Akot

    So what is wrong with Khartoum. If I was the Southern Government. since South and Northern Sudan are not truthfull friend. I will say ok. No more Business with Khartoum, Russa, Iran and China e.tc. Becuase, they are all friends. Then, I will Business with Isreal,U.S, Canada, Australia,Eroupean Union and Kenya,Ethiopia and Uganda and then to see what will happen.

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    • 13 December 2012 10:59, by Robot

      Sudan branded South Sudan enemy No. One followed by Israel. also Obama led Administration wanted South Sudan to sympathize Abyei, meaning we give it to them, Gration did the same as well as Lyman. anyway, God knows the future of Abyei. complicatedly, WHY WAS GEORGE CLOONEY ARRESTED, AND SALAH GOSH BEING IN THE LIST OF MURDERERS INVITED TO USA?????. BIG QUESTION THAT SOUTH SUDANESE NEEDS AN ANSWER.

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      • 13 December 2012 22:29, by Alier

        All these noises about Abyei are all irrelevant! Sudan, UN and South Sudan can say whatever they want, but the people of Abyei are the ones who will have the final say on the referendum in the year 2013. The people of Abyei will have two choices; are they part of Sudan or South Sudan? This is an open and shut case; easy and simple!

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        • 13 December 2012 23:00, by Mach

          Sudan knows the inhabitants of Abyei are Dinka people that have nothing in common with Sudan. The idea that Sudan insist Abyei is part of Sudan is just laughable. If Abyei wasn’t oil rich region, would Sudan be bothering itself calling Abyei part of Sudan? No, Not atall. Why don’t we just call apples apples instead of oranges?!

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    • 14 December 2012 09:05, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Liar,empty drum always make alot of noise,Khartoum govt should not give any thread to the world communities,what afresh conflict Kharti is talking about? if they are unable to defeat the Darfur’s rebel what next to Abyei issue.

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    • 14 December 2012 09:24, by Tutbol

      I do sometimes feel sorry for our so-called arabs; they know they are not loved & wanted by the africans any more, but they just want to be loved & wanted by the africans by menaces?!. What a people! Keep trying your luck though; but i doubt you will get anywhere people, with your threats. Because you have badly abused the African Sudanese generous hospitality.

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  • 13 December 2012 11:07, by Nyakuzuny

    Dinka Ngok they are already South Sudanese Now this my question , because Dinka Ngok I can not say, they are South Sudanese , they are Mix with Arabs how could you Select Dinka Ngok inside the Misereya people?

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  • 13 December 2012 11:25, by pabaak

    Tomorrow will be historical day because UNSC will decide what to do with Sudan, either thrown them to atone of sanction or more mandate that used force against any aggression for UNSC ruling, which mean Khartoum will fight too many wars at the times, and the end to regime is on door. another scenario will be if they want to use miseriya to fight on behave of them, then definitely, south Sudan

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    • 13 December 2012 11:30, by pabaak

      army will not sit and watch them without fight them too, and more important mesirya will loose any future gazing rights in the land of South Sudan, they will choose either with us or else no more grazing here.

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      • 13 December 2012 11:37, by Santino Akot

        true. they are being used by the North. and therefore, they should take theirs damn cattle to the North and not to the South very soon or later.

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  • 13 December 2012 11:47, by Nyakuzuny

    where is he Deng Alor Kual and Dr Luke Abiong those people were are they? they don’t carry about thier family in Abyei O.My God people are Loving moneys than thier life?

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    • 13 December 2012 12:32, by Makunon

      Why did Sudan-tribune gave you space to asked all those nonsenses, you deserved insults and more. southerners did not divided themselves to towns to liberate South Sudan as you claims Dinka or Dinka-ngok of Abyei to start fighting.SS have 63 tribes and were not divided to towns during struggles. The issue of Abyei is national and should be taking care of nationally.

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  • 13 December 2012 13:30, by hellonearth

    where is JALABY, Northern Sudan, Oshay and likes? i thought you guys always supported your blind government of thieves and killers? THIS MEANS WARS PEOPLE OF KUSH, LETS GET READY FOR THE FINAL WAR WITH THESES FAKE ARABS.

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  • 13 December 2012 21:36, by kikokaka564

    In fact, this decision may create problems.

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  • 14 December 2012 05:28, by hellonearth

    this is called panic. you know deep down your soul that Abyei belongs to south sudan and thats why you are afraid that if it goes to UNSC they will take the most correct action. you talk about war well Panthou 2 will happen again. SPLA OYEEEE!!!!!!

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  • 14 December 2012 07:16, by MathonMathon

    Sudan is a war zone

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