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Abyei: Leaders give pre-conditions for joint administration with Sudan

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January 10, 2013 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) – A Senior official from Abyei on Wednesday demanded that Sudan immediately withdraws its troops from the contested region and stop Messeriya nomads from settling there before for an interim administration can be formed in the area.

The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) will meet in Addis Ababa on Saturday to establish the interim Administration and local legislative assembly, Al-Khair Al Fahim announced in Khartoum on Thursday.

Al-Fahim who co-chairs AJOC with Luka Biong, further said he met with the latter in Abyei on Wednesday 9 January and they agreed to implement the outcome of the presidential meeting between presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir on 5 January.

The two leaders agreed to constitute the administration; the local parliament and the joint police service.

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An international peacekeeping patrol operation vehicle passes near a destroyed UN truck in Abyei (REUTERS))

Deng Biong Mijak, the current chairperson of South Sudan public grievance chamber, insists the "continued illegal" presence of Sudanese troops in the disputed region, is a violation of the earlier issued United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution as well as the African Union roadmap, which urged immediate and unconditional withdrawal of armed forces from the region.

"We are once again alerting the international community, especially the African Union, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development [IGAD] member countries, the security council of the United Nations, the regional groups and indeed [the] global community at large that Sudanese armed forces continue to occupy Abyei,” said Mijak, in a statement on the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV).

“This is unacceptable”, he added.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir, in November last year, directed the formation of an interim administration of Abyei, earmarked to comprise of one representative from the Dinka Ngok tribe as chair of the executive committee, while a representative from the Misseriya tribe would become the speaker of the Abyei parliament.

The agreement on the Abyei interim administration was signed on 20 June 2011, but a divergence over the person who will chair the legislative council delayed the process, as Juba was demanding that Khartoum appoints a Nogk Dinka in this position.

Juba several months ago accepted the AUPSC decision to hold the referendum in October of this year and to form an Abyei administration. However, Sudan rejected the proposal because it excludes the Misseriya nomads. Instead, Khartoum opted for the previous AU proposition, which suggested that Abyei be divided between north and south.

Mijak also insisted that the presence of some members of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in Abyei is likely to “traumatise” victims in the area, making the planned formation of a joint administration practically impossible.

“We are making it clear that there will be no joint administration with the government of Sudan when its armed forces are still in Abyei area. They are encouraging members of armed Misseriya to move into the area. We are told members of the Misseriya tribe are actually holding guns which itself is a violation of the mandate of the United Nations interim force for Abyei,” the official said.

The UN Interim Security Forces for Abyei (UNISFA), he stressed, remains the only recognised force in the disputed region, as per the agreement reached between the Sudan and South Sudan.

The Abyei referendum was originally due to take place simultaneously to South Sudan’s own independence vote in January 2011. The disagreement over the Misseriya participation froze the process.

Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s lead negotiator at the AU-mediated talks with Sudan on Monday confirmed that last week’s presidential summit in the Ethiopian capital failed to reach any agreement on the final status of Abyei.

The two leaders, according to the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), expressed their commitments to respect and implement all the agreements reached on 27 September 2012.

However, Amum expressed discontentment with the outcome of the summit, saying it has failed to resolve the final status of Abyei, but acknowledged that the two leaders agreed to meet again after the formation of an interim administration in disputed oil-producing region.

The next presidential meeting on Abyei, according to the AU communiqué issued after last week’s summit, will be conditional on the formation of the Abyei council and administration, and the preparation by mediators of a ‘matrix’ on implementation of existing agreements.

(ST)

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  • 11 January 2013 10:50, by Badi Malawi

    Abyei adm cant be set randomly unless miseriya evacuate de area otherwise no more negiotating over abyei ,God knows ze owner of abyei

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    • 11 January 2013 13:23, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

      owards Dinkas I have ever known.
      Giving pre-conditions while sitting in Juba will not stop messiryas from occupying your land and hijacking your freedom and resources, let them go to Abyei first and start talking of cowardice pre-conditions.

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  • 11 January 2013 10:53, by william

    Indeed, I have fully agreed with Mr. Mijak because jointing an administration with terreorist in Khartuom is unacceptable dut to destruction they had inflicted ounto Abyei community and properties in 2011. Since the internatiol court ruled that Abyei is for nine dinkagok chiefdom what else is needed? UNISFA failed to block SAF who are from lawless country but they face justice.

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  • 11 January 2013 11:01, by master

    messarya wil settle in abyei before referendum and may be inside your eyes if they want
    lick your dirty ass
    hahaaaa

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    • 11 January 2013 11:32, by Robot

      master,
      your euphoria is becoming too much by welcoming unnecessary argument which is unworthy, i suggest my fellow brothers (Rommel) and sisters to stay away from you... talking or replying against your comments is unhealthy because you are an empty vessel with thin brain.

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      • 11 January 2013 13:21, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

        Cowards Dinkas I have ever known.
        Giving pre-condition while sitting in Juba while not stop messiryas from occupying your land and hijacking your freedom and resources, let them go to Abyei first and start talking of cowardice pre-conditions.

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    • 11 January 2013 14:24, by EES Kingmaker

      Master,
      Giving a dog food and shelter at times, may turn out to be something else. Messyria should give gratitude to Dinka Ngok for giving them land to settle and graze their animals. This nomadic community is advised to stop being big-headed. What prevents us from forcing them out? Patience is finite. It is fast running out. Dinka will soon kick u out if you interpret its generosity mockingly.

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    • 11 January 2013 14:46, by zulu

      Mistress, Sweet pussy,
      Your leaders are rattling hard despite international concensus that Abyei belongs to Dinka Ngok, and only they will vote. It is futile to seek to circumvent the ominus outcome that Abyei will have to return to South Sudan, by the barrel of gun or voting. And, our asses may be dirty because no man enters there. It is for poo

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  • 11 January 2013 14:08, by Makunon

    Good move Mijak

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  • 11 January 2013 14:09, by master

    let us wait ans watch who will prevent braves messirya from reside and vote
    to that insect who have pre-conditions
    don’t stay in abyei after vote

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    • 11 January 2013 14:38, by EES Kingmaker

      Master,
      Who are you to threaten our citizens? Is it because of your mastery of state terrorism? Dinka Ngok as voters will remain in their ancestral land. No anyone by whatever means will remove them. Don’t attempt. South Sudan reserves the constitutional right to protect its citizens from unjust, terrorist cowardice attacks. Do it and we shall be on your necks if you open your dirty mouth to UN.

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    • 11 January 2013 16:49, by Rezingving monynok

      TO FUNKY CHICKEN MASTER, DO N`T SAY WAIT US ,
      are you ready ?, come quickly please ,we will send you to hell ,
      looters hungry monsters fake arab, this time will not be the same like before, ask your brothers who escape dead recently from kir adem when they tried foolishly to attack , good numbers of your brothers were sent to hell,
      to sons abyei be BRAVE like the people NBG,AJUAK ACIE KOO

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  • 11 January 2013 17:02, by Kim Deng

    Mijak,
    Let your coward young men stand their ground instead of keep crying for outside help all the time. These Baggara will never stop their evil act until they face tough resistance from you Ngok of Fadang Dinka. I wish these rats (Baggara tribes) had a border with Mighty Nuer Warriors.

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    • 11 January 2013 17:52, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:
      The Baggara raided the Nuer with impunity; they raided such places as Rang, north of Bentiu. Ask the Leek Nuer about the murahaleen and ask them whether or not they stood their ground... And please ask the Panaruu Dinka of Panrieng and the Ruweng Dinka of Biemmnom just why it is they never formed alliances with the Murahaleen and the SAF during the war.

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    • 11 January 2013 19:44, by Deng II

      Kim
      Agreed with you that Abyei has to protect the land first before communities or national army help them. They need Stop running their mouth. For you Kim son of Nyagatism, Nuer don’t fight Baggara, they run away like coward Dog. Eg.Bull Mayom county, nuer run away leave Baggara cows eating every in the farms.

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      • 11 January 2013 19:54, by Deng II

        Kim
        You don’t need to talk about whole Apadang communities from Abeliang Arenk to Paweng. Let talk about Ruweng community in Bentiu, although thier populations is small, they fuck baggara or misseraiy any time any where when they want it plus Nyagatism Rick Machar even though Nuer are Majority.

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  • 11 January 2013 19:28, by Emporio

    to southernes\
    this government can not even protect a single cow forget about part of our land Abyei problems is not dinka alone is problem of south sudan AS a whole you guys talking like its dinka problem we suppose to takes the issues seriously and fight for part of our land "stop belaming abyei people"

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    • 12 January 2013 09:11, by EES Kingmaker

      Emporio
      Abyei people are in crisis. Why not talking about their problem? It is a disputed region which can be traced to early years of British in Sudan. British rulers are part and partial of this problem, perhaps part of solution? Abyei is South Sudan land, inhabited by Ngok Dinka. Why should we leave them to suffer? We are guided by our moral imperative and be solidarity with our brethren.

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  • 11 January 2013 22:29, by Kenyang

    Emporio,
    Individuals like you make all of us proud. One just can’t understand why would some South Sudanese can’t leave behind (their old boring tribe/clan) & talk about new found dynamic- The Republic of South Sudan- with all territories pertaining to it. Suppose Abyei was a no-man-land, one hope any South Sudan would happily volunteer to join contest/war to bring that territory to South Sudan.

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