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January 15, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - Leaders from Eastern African countries have expressed "strong support" to a proposal by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), which aims to resolve the dispute over the status of the contested region of Abyei, South Sudan’s national security minister, Oyai Deng Ajak, said Tuesday.

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President of Uganda Yoweri K Museveni in 2005 (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

General Ajak was one of the senior government officials who accompanied President Salva Kiir on a trip on Sunday 13 January to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, where they held talks with President Yoweri Museveni on how to strengthen ties between the two countries.

The two heads of state, he told Sudan Tribune, also discussed expected diplomatic roles which Eastern African countries can play in helping the new nation resolve its outstanding differences with Sudan.

The African Union it is upcoming summit which will take place on 24 January will discuss the Sudanese and south Sudanese dispute over Abyei.

The African Union Peace and Security Council supported a proposal made by the mediation aiming to hold a referendum in the region without the Sudanese Misseriya nomads. But Khartoum which is opposed to the proposal asks to continue talks sponsored by the African mediation and refuses to refer the issue to UN Security Council.

Since, both nations have been lobbying African countries to support their stance on the disputed region ahead of an AU summit.

Sudanese minister Ali Karti started Tuesday a tour to the northern African countries to explain the position of hius government. He met in Tripoli with Libyan counterpart before to head for Tunis, and Algiers. The two vice-presidents visited last week southern, eastern and western Africa countries.

Kiir briefed his Ugandan counterpart on his recent talks with President Bashir of Sudan in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Museveni, was an ally of the former southern rebels - the SPLM - who now govern South Sudan during the civil war that led to the partition of the country in July 2011. The Ugandan leader has been a persistent critic of the Sudanese government, with Kampala also hosting numerous Sudanese rebel, political and civil society groups.

The discussions were "successful", the minister told Sudan Tribune from Kampala on Monday.

"President Museveni, as you know stood with us during our struggle. He remains one of the African leaders still giving us unwavering supports, and has reaffirmed not only his stance and support, but also the commitment of the African leaders, particularly the Eastern African Countries to support implementation of the African Union proposal on Abyei; I mean the September proposal as the basis of resolving the dispute," Ajak said.

The latest proposal from the AUHIP has been rejected by Sudan as it allows for a referendum in Abyei not including members of the nomadic Misseriya tribe, who are not permanently residents in the area.

If the Misseriya are not accorded voting rights, the Southern-aligned population are expected to vote to transfer Abyei - defined as the area belonging to the nine Chiefdom’s of the Dinka Ngok - back into South Sudan from where it was transferred to Sudan by colonial power Britain in 1905.

President Kiir, according to Ajak, assured the Ugandan leaders of South Sudan commitment in honouring all the agreements reached with neighbouring Sudan during the last African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

At the meeting, both Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omer al-Bashir agreed to implement the deal they had signed in September, covering border security, oil, citizenship and other issues.

The South Sudan leader, the ministers said, Museveni "a thorough briefing on the latest positive developments that have taken place after the last AU summit held in Addis Ababa which accorded discussions between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and the agreement reached between the two presidents regarding the outstanding and pending issues between the two countries."

"The president also delivered to president Museveni a special message and New Year greetings from our people and the leadership in relation to the existing bilateral relationship between the two countries. Our people both on Uganda side and on our side feel no difference wherever they are living. Ugandan nationals feel being at home in the Republic of South Sudan and so are South Sudanese in Uganda. This is because of our existing historical relations".

Meanwhile, President Museveni, Ajak further said, also used the opportunity to reaffirm the Uganda’s position to support the new nation both at regional and international levels.

"He assured that Uganda will always be supporting South Sudan both in the international and regional levels. He further assured that Uganda will keep its support to South Sudan until peace prevails," said South Sudan’s national security minister.

The Prime Minister of Lesotho, early this week, assured the new nation of his country’s support for the AU proposal that a referendum be held in the contested oil-producing region in October.

Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, while meeting South Sudan’s Minister for the Presidency, Emmanuel Lowilla, also urged the two Sudan’s to follow protocols of the 2005 peace deal, which ended over two decades of civil war between them.

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  • 16 January 2013 08:56, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

    Uganda is cleaning up his mess cause of the killing of Dr.Garang. Kiir will be gone soon if he continues using Ugandian AT.

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    • 16 January 2013 08:58, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

      He better be removed,replaced with his V.P. Dr. Riek Machar..the Chapion of Self-Determination.

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      • 16 January 2013 09:30, by mudfish

        hahahahahaaaaa Riak the kill and betryer,he is not fit to rule my dear.

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        • 16 January 2013 10:19, by Big Boy

          Dear Riak you and yr husband Kiir is better to give up the power to fake Equartorian eventhough they are not orginal from South Sudan and scare’s people on this planet earth, they are better than fake hugery Nuer, who can sold Malakal becasue of money!!

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        • 16 January 2013 12:02, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

          SPLMN keep it up maybe John Garang will come back and merge the two states together as dreamed by many of Dikas Slaves supporters...they didn’t understand that Vision Die,and Garang die...Self-Determination of Machar is live. kids wake up..
          We wil make sure that South sudan will be bloody if Dr.Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon is not choosen by the SPLM party.
          Dinka Bor bloody Bathtube party will kick off

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        • 16 January 2013 12:07, by Ahmed Chol

          South Sudan will have no future if we copy the style of Leadership from Museveni! There is nothing to learn from him

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      • 16 January 2013 09:45, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

        Riek & Salva are both fools and they should leave the offices in 2015.
        Country of wise and brave people like South Sudan can not be rule by fools and idiots.
        Dr. John Garang is the only man who championed the South Sudanese.

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    • 16 January 2013 11:03, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

      Please if South Sudan wants to follow Museveni steps then Genocide is on the way from Darfur & Somalia to South Sudan.
      Museveni is a useless and rotten old muzee, he killed Dr. John Garang and George Athor and soon one another wise man will follow them and the fools are here celebrating.
      Kiir maybe kill soon by Museveni and Riek take over but that would be clear Genocide here in South Sudan.

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      • 16 January 2013 12:10, by Ahmed Chol

        Die or Live,
        Museveni was used as a tool by big powers to kill Garang, he had no intention to kill him. You can blame him for Athor, but he was asked by South Sudanese to kill him.

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  • 16 January 2013 08:57, by master

    both of them dud country

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  • 16 January 2013 08:58, by Pif Paf

    SPLM can travel the whole world trying to get backing for the AU Proposal. However, the bottom line is SAF will not allow any insect to step inside Abeyi soil unless it is under an agreement that is accept by GOS.

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    • 16 January 2013 09:12, by william mawien

      Saf militias are ?weak;?;;;;spla shot their ass ???;??most advanced army in both south and north Sudan
      why do you beg spla to disarm your rebels ???????foolish northern sudanese gays

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    • 16 January 2013 16:27, by zulu

      Sweet pussy Pity Pet.
      There are measures and machanisms put in place to allow diplomacy to succeed. Otherwise, sweet pussies are given warning and South Sudan is justified under international law to take action in self deffence. You will die like in Panthou. And by the way, we will also demand pussy cats to live Panthou

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  • 16 January 2013 08:59, by Tom D

    I appreciated this move taken by Ugandan president over the status of the contested region of Abyei.

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    • 16 January 2013 09:11, by Robot

      Abyei issue is so small, we liberated a whole country, does this make it any harder liberating a small region called Abyei?????.. throw your tongues a high gear and you will be amazed not believing your eyes.. soon to come.

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      • 16 January 2013 15:30, by julia

        Robot,Dinka dominated splm/a,Ruach(hog)i change my alias from Nuer food lover to Julia. Idon,t want any woozying,yobbing,fanging teeth,fallible,hog,bug to shout at my witty&wily to sage Abyei &Nuer to resort to and change their atheism.

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  • 16 January 2013 09:17, by Foxtail

    NONSE! NONSE! ALL NONSE! FOR US TO NOGETIATE WITH SUDAN OVER ABYEI. listen to the word "ABYEI". is this word in Arabic or In Dinka language? i mean the point is; these guys are just taking advantange of our weakness otherwise Abyei or Panthou are not contested areas as the whole world is made to believed. call spade a spade. A one year war is better off for these areas because this too much.

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  • 16 January 2013 09:23, by Foxtail

    NUER DOMINATED SHIT,
    you spoilt it all. there is no personality Dr.Riek Machar my friend. ask him if he would ever mention to you that he wants to rule south sudan. Dr Riek will only blame Dr.Lame Akol for his failure in South Sudan politic. want to led this country? get fresh guy

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    • 16 January 2013 12:04, by Nuer Dominated Liberation of South Sudan

      SPLMN keep it up maybe John Garang will come back and merge the two states together as dreamed by many of Dikas Slaves supporters...they didn’t understand that Vision Die,and Garang die...Self-Determination of Machar is live. kids wake up..
      We wil make sure that South sudan will be bloody if Dr.Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon is not choosen by the SPLM party.
      Dinka Bor bloody Bathtube party will kick off

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    • 16 January 2013 12:48, by Abel

      JudahIscariot mr: Dr Lam Akol
      They guys ! Very fool indeed, I don’t appreciate him but surprise abt him,

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  • 16 January 2013 09:34, by Jalaby

    Uganda is useless country and president Museveni is the most rotten president in Africa continent, so rotten (Moafin), a hell is waiting for that old rotten man!!

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    • 16 January 2013 09:53, by EES Kingmaker

      Jalaby,
      In which way is Uganda a useless country and Musveni a rotten President? It seems, as usual, you lack proper diction to use. Place your words well and criticise appropriately. Branding the whole country useless and describing its President rotten is the first class madness on your side. No doubt you need special psychiaric attention. I recommend Uganda to deal with your case.

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    • 16 January 2013 09:55, by mudfish

      hahaha it is first time jalaba tell the fact you are thorought right.

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    • 16 January 2013 11:01, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

      Jalaby
      I agree with you, if South Sudan wants to follow Museveni steps then Genocide is on the way from Darfur & Somalia to South Sudan.
      Museveni is a useless and rotten old muzee, he killed Dr. John Garang and George Athor and soon one another wise man will follow them and the fools are here celebrating.

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    • 16 January 2013 19:36, by no peace with north

      You know jalaba I am real supporting the idea of Museveni he real good first of all he don’t like gay to enter in Africa he is always killing the I don’t know whether you have seen when he was interviewing on aljeezera last year he was questioning by One of Jurnalist of why he killing the gay people and he said in Africa we live relative and such a behaivor we need it.and that is why Museveni

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      • 16 January 2013 19:49, by no peace with north

        don’t like Uganda to be rule by muslim because they are gay and also he killed John Garang because John Garang was intend Sudan to be united and Museveni wonder how christainty want to be united with muslim again. Museveni know very well muslim are out mind any country have alot of muslim is not a stable country.

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  • 16 January 2013 09:38, by EES Kingmaker

    While the SPLM is campaigning all over for support, NCP only good plan is obstruction. NCP should stop its usual follies. It is on wrong side of history. AUHIP must live to African people’s expectations,otherwise it falls short of a mark aimed. Abyei is 100% South Sudan territory. Messerya claiming any voting right in referendum is out of question. It is sojouring tribe for their animals pasture.

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    • 16 January 2013 09:46, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

      Riek & Salva are both fools and they should leave the offices in 2015.
      Country of wise and brave people like South Sudan can not be rule by fools and idiots.
      Dr. John Garang is the only man who championed the South Sudanese.

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      • 18 January 2013 13:52, by mudfish

        Anyway it is our nature,prise some one when he/she is dead,we have encought them inoder to pul up thier sock.

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  • 16 January 2013 09:39, by Sudan virus

    If AU and UNSC gives us madant to use gun, AByei issue will be resolved within few hours in reference to the battle and capture of Heghlig which was stollen by duplicate Sudan Arabs.

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  • 16 January 2013 09:52, by mudfish

    Ugandana can’t help or selve the problem between two Sudan,let them sovle their problem first.they kill Dr.Garang and may event do the same if Kiir is not careful.
    for the issuse of Abyei is complicated by her native who still under Arab upto now,some like to be with Arab,so it bit hard because thier official agree North and called Byei belong to the North.

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  • 16 January 2013 11:03, by Die (Truth) or Live (Lie)

    Please if South Sudan wants to follow Museveni steps then Genocide is on the way from Darfur & Somalia to South Sudan.
    Museveni is a useless and rotten old muzee, he killed Dr. John Garang and George Athor and soon one another wise man will follow them and the fools are here celebrating.
    Kiir maybe kill soon by Museveni and riek take over but that would be clear Genocide here in South Sudan.

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    • 16 January 2013 14:35, by EES Kingmaker

      No one is a follower of Museveni. He is simply a South Sudanese political ally and a friend. Is Museveni like Murderer Osama Bin Ladin that captivated Khartoum wild imagination in 1990s? When Bin Ladin, the leading terror figure, was in Khartoum, NCP genocidaires shot up into crude excitement thinking with him, they will over-run and Islamize the entire Sudan and four corners of the globe.

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      • 16 January 2013 14:39, by EES Kingmaker

        What happened to that sweet-turned-bitter dream? It died natural death as Khartoum under US sustained pressure for anti-terror (thanks to President Bush) shrunk to its genitals behaving like a frightened dog turning a tail between its legs. Where is your Islamic-oriented ecstasy of leading this world for which you know no human rights, democracy, accountability,

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        • 16 January 2013 14:43, by EES Kingmaker

          ,justice, equality and good governance? Listen until the end of this world, don’t dream of world leadership. Shout only in your mosques and confine yourselves to oppressing and suppressing your tamed masses for which the world won’t be silent for good.

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  • 16 January 2013 12:24, by william

    Oyai as a national security minister has to make sure jet fighters are garuanteed for second attack of Heglig and beyond avoid unnecessary setrips.

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  • 16 January 2013 14:04, by hellonearth

    Breaking News

    THE GOVERNMENT OF SUDAN WISES TO INFORM THE GENERAL OF SUDAN AND THE REST WORLD THAT OUR BELOVED LEADER PRESIDENT OMER HASSAN EL BASHIR HAS DIED AS A RESULT OF LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER OF THROAT AND ANUS. YOU WILL BE MISSED

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  • 16 January 2013 15:15, by Majongdit

    Sudanese are posing and passing as South Sudanese in this web discussion forum. The agenda is to set the Nuer and the Dinka against one another. Beware that one can go as Jallaby in one comment and yet be another person in another. Those posting as Nuer or Dinka must cautiously be scrutinized and response to their issues must be selective. Dinka and Nuer are the best friends, I know that.

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  • 16 January 2013 19:35, by Ommar Bashir

    We should open the road to Ethiopia from Pochala to open business with our friend Ethiopia and serve those people in Jonglei region and neighboring provinces like N.Upper nile and Eastern Equartoria. Let’s open road to Kenya to serve Eastern Equartoria province and neighboring states such as Jonglei.

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  • 16 January 2013 20:15, by featured globe

    Guyz stop such nasty comments, it has been very clear that our late Garang was killed in Uganda and stil our living leaders deal with Uganda yet.
    Are these boyz trying death or they are ignoring the assasiants and the suiciders????????????????????

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  • 17 January 2013 04:16, by Deng Hanbol

    Many people in south Sudan including the president, believed that Dr. John Garang was assassinated by Musiveny. However, Kiir certainly made quite. Likewise, Dinka dominated SPLA. Instate, the president does everything to please a real killer. I’m not quite sure why the president and Dinka dominated SPLA declined to comment even though they knew Musiveny behind the death of Dr. Garang.

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    • 17 January 2013 07:36, by Big Boy

      My Dear Handbag or how do you called yrselves,Is Helicopter crashed or shot down by Uganda ? were twelves people’s have been killed and 4 others have been injured after a helicopter crashed into a Imatang Mt.not as a ur roumos
      It happened at the height of the Evening rush hourr on late Wednesday July in 2005.The pilot, who was one of those killed, had asked to be diverted to Imtang heliport becaus

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  • 17 January 2013 07:07, by panchol

    President M7
    point @ these fake Arabs who are trying to complicate things.

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