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Sudan confident that Abyei dispute will not be referred to UNSC: FM


January 13, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government on Sunday expressed confidence that its dispute with South Sudan over the border region of Abyei will not make it to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti (Reuters)

Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti said in press statements today that the African Union (AU) is capable of resolving the long-standing conflict without the need to resort to the UNSC.

"I confirmed even before the last [AU Peace and Security Council] meeting that the Sudan and South Sudan dossier will not go to the UNSC due to the responsiveness we witnessed from African leaders we met," Karti said.

"Everything we felt during the prior period indicates that this dossier was decided to remain in the African Union" he added.

Last year, the AU mediation team has proposed holding a referendum in Abyei next October but only those residing permanently in the area will be allowed to vote in the plebiscite and decide whether they want to join Sudan or South Sudan.

This proposal would effectively make the majority of voters come from the Dinka Ngok tribe, aligned with South Sudan thus putting the Arab Misseriya nomads, who spend several months in Abyei every year for grazing, at a disadvantage.

The mediators said that the exclusion of the Misseriya nomads comes in line with the decision of the Hague-based arbitration court which defined the territory of the Ngok Dinka nine chiefdoms in July 2009.

Sudan swiftly rejected the plan which received the blessing of the AUPSC which wanted to refer the matter to the UNSC to make it binding.

But last month the AUPSC, while affirming its concurrence with the proposal, delayed the UNSC referral pending a decision by AU leaders who meet for regular summit this month in Ethiopia.

The Sudanese diplomat said that a recent tour by first Vice President Ali Osman Taha and second Vice President Al-Haj Adam Youssef to many African countries was aimed at rallying these countries against any unfavorable decision relating to Abyei.

The message from Sudan to the African leaders was that this issue should remain in the African house, Karti said.

The recent meeting between Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir resulted in an understanding to begin implementing a series of deals signed last September.

Karti said that this positive breakthrough will provide more incentive for the AU not to refer Abyei dispute to the UNSC.

The status of Abyei was supposed to be decided in a referendum in January 2011, but the two sides could not agree on the participation of Misseriya nomads in the vote.

Yesterday South Sudan’s ruling party warned that lack of movement on the issue of Abyei could mean a return to civil war.


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  • 14 January 2013 06:01, by 4Justice

    The African Union is rigged, a significant portion of it’s funds come from Islamic states. This automatically gives the Islamists tremendous leverage and influence over the overall Union’s policy. Thabo Mbeki is just an opportunist who is willing to compromise Africa for personal financial gains.

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    • 14 January 2013 06:56, by Nibs

      They were even confident that south Sudan will vote for unity,they were confident that no referendum will ever take place in south Sudan,they were confident of crushing SPLM-N within a week! Now it’s taking ages.in N.sudan the word confident is uses for hopelessness.

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      • 14 January 2013 07:02, by zulu

        That’s why we will come up with multiple approaches including seeing the NCP dislodged from power.

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  • 14 January 2013 07:10, by william

    You were been lobbying, bribing to get Abyei annexed to north lol. You can buy only Thabo but Abyei people knows where they are belong. regardsless of fake vote that you are expected shit.

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  • 14 January 2013 07:29, by barbayo

    it Abyei is only need gun wast time talking with primitive Arab malitias .

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    • 14 January 2013 09:00, by Nuer Empire

      They have confident in AU to support Mesiriya vote in referendum

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  • 14 January 2013 07:52, by william

    Arabs were confident they will not left Boma, Kepoeta,Yei,Maridi and Rumbek lastly their confidentiality is became false likewise Abyei will go the same way.

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  • 14 January 2013 07:56, by barbayo

    even UNSC,AU rule by people will not geven you real solution ,just sound of gun that,s solution of Abyei.

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  • 14 January 2013 08:27, by hamil

    Why are they afraid of the matter being refered to UNSC? They are definitely scared of losing a piece of land they want to steal in broad daylight. Haven’t they stolen enough?

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    • 14 January 2013 08:39, by wang

      They are afraid to refer that matter to the UNSC, because this useless organization (AU) leads by those black’s white thinking brain from South Africa are working against us (Southerners).

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      • 14 January 2013 10:18, by Nuer Empire

        Jaang cike wec koak ni wal

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  • 14 January 2013 09:41, by Majongdit


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    • 14 January 2013 10:26, by Nuer Empire

      Mr Majongdit
      There are real tribalists here who can never take rest like two Dinkas,the warrior and Dominated SPLM/A,George Bol who push Nuer boys on the site to be tribalists too like the above mentioned thugs. Dinka Dominated SPLA/M can never talk on national matter more than making himself being a threat to his country men.May God take this murderer away!

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      • 14 January 2013 10:40, by Majongdit

        The problem with the web is that you interacting with people you have never met or will never see. It is highly possible that Northern Sudanese can disguise so well to dig a wide rift among the South Sudanese communities. Beware!

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        • 14 January 2013 15:59, by Nuer Empire

          And that is not respectected by people like Dinka dominated SPLA/M who insults other people as being from poor families

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  • 14 January 2013 15:40, by Moral Agent

    to Majongdit
    south sudan is new nation whatever is happening in the web right now reflected exactly what is going on on the gound that is reality we are in transmission process if you notice people comments its because jonobean since the creation of earth never live together we need to turn on ourselves and then the second revolution will produce good nation for all,,,,,

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    • 14 January 2013 19:07, by no peace with north

      You know always Nuer support another Nuer even if they know he/she is wrong why we some time judge our own brother or sister when they made mistake. How many Dinka talk on Kiir corruption particularly misuse of money like Isaiah Abraham he was kill because he abuse Kiir leadership why not you? nuer is because you scare from Riek why you don’t be brave like Dinka guys ever single human has right.

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      • 15 January 2013 07:03, by Nuer Empire

        Go back to school brother,but I guess you are a pretender who confuses people here with little English! I bet you should practically and theoretically learn Sophomore English and u will become the best writer

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  • 22 October 2013 03:35, by huynhhai

    N?u các b?n bi?t cách áp d?ng dúng phuong pháp thì dó là m?t di?u c?c k? d? d?i v?i các b?n. Hôm nay mình xin gi?i thi?u d?n các b?n m?t bí quy?t tang cân cho ngu?i g?y dây là phuong pháp tang can nhanh nhat và hi?u qu? nh?t.

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