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S. Sudan secures W. African support ahead of AU Abyei vote

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January 25, 2013 (LONDON) - The Presidents of Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea have expressed willingness to back an African Union proposal to resolve the dispute between Sudan and South Sudan over the Abyei border region.

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) has proposed that a referendum to decide the future of Abyei be held in the oil-producing area in October, in line with the 2005 agreement that ended decades of Sudanese civil war.

Sudan has rejected the panel’s position as it excludes members of the Misseriya - a Arab nomadic group who traditionally enter the region for part of the year with their cattle. The plebiscite was initially scheduled for January 2011 but was delayed as the two sides could not agree on who was allowed to take part.

Should the Misseriya be excluded, it is expected that the southern-aligned Dinka Ngok would decide to join South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July 2011 as part of the landmark 2005 peace deal.

Both nations have stepped up diplomatic efforts ahead of the AU summit, where the outstanding issues relating to South Sudan’s independence will be discussed, including whether to adopt the proposal on Abyei put forward by the AUHIP.

On Friday, South Sudan’s chief negotiator with Sudan Pa’gan Amum met the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Ngueme, in Malapo to discuss the “political and security situation between South Sudan and Sudan ahead of the awaited AU summit, as well as the Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) meeting scheduled to take place this month in Addis Ababa”.

According to a statement from Amum’s press team, “President Obiang gave his full support to the AUHIP proposal to resolve the final status of Abyei area and to South Sudan’s position on borders demarcation.”

In September, the two sides signed a number of agreements on contested borders, oil and other issues, but they have yet to be implemented on. “President Obiang”, the press release said, “also echoed the call of his colleagues in neighboring countries on Sudan to honor and implement its agreements with South Sudan including the September cooperation agreement and to find a peaceful settlement to all disputes between the two countries.”

Amum concluded his West African trip on Friday, having met with the Ivory Coast president, Alassane Quattra, earlier in the week to deliver a letter from South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir.

Quattra requested to meet Kiir during the AU summit and “has supported the position of South Sudan to peaceful solution of the borders disputed and claimed areas, as well as the final status of Abyei area”, the press release said.

In his capacity as chair of the Regional Block of West Africa countries, the Ivorian president said he would discuss the remaining outstanding issues between the Sudans with his West African counterparts “in support of the AUHIP proposals on the final status of Abyei and borders disputed and claimed areas”, the statement said.

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  • 26 January 2013 09:34, by Dinkawarrior

    West African brothers need to forget the so called Islamic and follow our African Traditional system!

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    • 26 January 2013 10:33, by master

      dinka destroy
      enjoy your tradational religious alone

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      • 26 January 2013 12:24, by Nuer Empire

        A big blow to fake Arabs! Africans have united

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      • 26 January 2013 16:45, by Chol

        Certainly Africa countries will have the support on behave of South Sudan because any reasonably judge would ask this very important question regarding Abyei. Who are the inhabitants’ ethnic groups in Abyei in relation to both countries South Sudan and Sudan? The answer would be; the ethnic Dinka Ngok is 99.99% Dinka speaking people of South Sudan. >>>>>

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        • 26 January 2013 16:46, by Chol

          >>>>>This is the only reason why Sudan don’t want referendum be held on behave of Abyei. What would be the possible reason why Sudan believes the judgment of Abyei would favor them with all these odds?

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      • 26 January 2013 18:24, by zulu

        MISTRESS,
        INCASE YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE GIST, DINKA DISTROYER OF KHARTOUM SAYS, ISLAM IS BARBARIC. IT IS VIOLENT AND TRADITIONAL RELIGION WITHOUT ALLIGIENCE TO NONE, IS BETTER BECAUSE IT IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND GOD. NO ONE TRANSLATES OR TEACHERS ANOTHER HOW TO PRAY, WHAT TO DO AND WHO TO KILL BUT WHAT TO KILL IN ORDER TO RECONCILE WITH GOD. LOOK AT MALI,AFGN,PKSTN,IRN,PLSTN,EGP SUDAN.

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  • 26 January 2013 11:12, by Tribe

    late COMERS,don’t cut the line.your comment should come in a order and time it was posted and less u’re responding to an individual whom u should indicate.Jumping the ladder doesn’t polish your comment nor it add-values.Literally,it’s like cutting line in a grocery shop,restuarant,ratio-center,u name it.It’s totally obnoxious and u need to stop it.just a word of advice.I hold no resposibility here

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  • 26 January 2013 21:21, by Kenyang

    During bush times, Late Garang (including this Kiir) would toured heavy SPLA strong holds before heading to any peace talk with Khartoum because it’s a commonsense/logic for SPLA/M leaders to acquaint themselves with determination of their people whether they are exhausted or want to keep on fighting. Now, where would Kiir got that mandate to withdrew SPLA from Kersana, Higlig, Kiir adem, etc?

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  • 26 January 2013 21:35, by Kenyang

    Kersana, Higlig, Kiir Adem among many of S. Sudan’s legitimate territories, don’t need begging and ass kisses. John Garang once said, you don’t beg what is yours, you just take it. Folks, tell our Hon. Pa’gan to take a tour among his people (instead of West Africa) because at the end, determination our people is the rock. Our people want peace but not on expense of their land & resources.

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    • 26 January 2013 22:02, by nuer food lovers

      kenyang,bro u re right.but mightn,t u that Abyei issue have over shadow the s.sudan border denarcation.Kiir kuethpiny mayardit is a fool president i never see in my life.

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    • 26 January 2013 23:58, by Ito

      Brother Kenyang,
      Yes you are right to say that people needs to be toured like what late father Dr. John use to do. Am a soldier myself since 1984, Garang use to visit military headquarters before heading for peace talks. But also he mobilize external support to rally behind our people. So going to west africa is not a bad idea. Garang say you lose if you have no allies. You have to mobilize allies

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  • 26 January 2013 21:46, by yyufnzeg
  • 27 January 2013 04:39, by Kenyang

    Ito,
    Agree with said. Still, building census should begin at home. Do S. Sudanese agree trading Abyei with 14 miles is way to go? It’s difficult to follow what Kiir or Pa’gan say because of inconsistency of their public statements. What other countries say is less important because at the end NiF can trash signed papers like they always do & that leave South Sudanese sole makers of their own fate.

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