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Sudan FM hails AU decision not to refer Abyei dispute to UNSC

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February 1, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti today hailed as victory a decision by African Union (AU) summit last month to keep the dispute over Abyei between Khartoum and Juba in the African realm and not refer it to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti (Getty Images)

In statements to Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) from Rome Karti said that those who hoped that African leaders would endorse referring the dispute to the UNSC are now disappointed.

He noted that the AU gave the two countries up to three months in attempt to allow them to reach a compromise over the issue.

The top Sudanese diplomat went on to say that Africa is the warm bosom for Sudan that is appreciated and respected. He stressed that it is very important to deal prudently and wisely with Africa as Sudan has hosted a number of former and current African leaders.

Karti said it was necessary to open the door for dialogue even if Sudan had disagreements with African leaders.

Sudan’s relations with the AU was strained after the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) backed the proposal made by the mediation team to hold a referendum in Abyei this year.

But under this initiative 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.

The AUPSC expressed desire to see the UNSC endorse the plan but deferred the decision to the AU summit which took place in the Ethiopian capital last month.

But the AU members declined to heed to South Sudan calls for UNSC referral.

Abyei was to hold a referendum in January 2011 on whether it belonged with the north or South, but disagreement on who could vote stalled the ballot.

South Sudan and Sudan have been at loggerheads over a number of post-partition issues such particularly borders and oil.

South Sudan shut down its entire oil output of 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) a year ago after failing to agree export and transit fees with Khartoum.

Both countries agreed last September to set up a demilitarized buffer zone and resume oil exports from landlocked South Sudan through Sudan. Oil is vital to both economies.

But Sudan insists that oil exports will not resume unless security arrangements are agreed to on the borders.

Khartoum accuses Juba of backing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, two Sudan states bordering the South. Juba denies this.

In a related issue Karti called for the strengthening and encourage those in Juba government who have the desire to deal with Khartoum to establish sustainable political, economic and security relations.

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  • 2 February 2013 05:04, by master

    after six month no SPLM in south sudan inshallah

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    • 2 February 2013 06:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Master
      you are not educated, you study the policy of SSPLM.
      what remove SSPLM, it wound have been remove sine during intermin period. my friend you delet that dream. Wait decision by SSPLM it will blast even Khartoum.

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    • 2 February 2013 09:54, by Paul Ongee

      What language does this Sudan’s Foreign Minister is say “…those who hoped that African leaders would endorse referring the dispute to the UNSC are now disappointed,” and “Karti called….those in Juba government who have the desire to deal with Khartoum to establish sustainable political, economic and security relations” Does it mean only Juba desires to establish relations but not Khartoum?

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      • 2 February 2013 09:55, by Paul Ongee

        Will Khartoum rejoice again when the two/three months given by AU expire? Does holding a number of former and current African leaders by Khartoum or creating conditions over conditions for implementation of agreement deter referral of Abyei issue to UNSC?

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        • 2 February 2013 10:04, by Paul Ongee

          What did AU do in Mali? Did it allow France to intervene militarily when the situation was almost getting out of hand? Analysts believe that the Al-Qaeda head is in Algeria (though not seen in Sudan or Nigeria yet) but France is only dealing with the tail. Which countries in Africa are in the forefront calling for rejection of western influence but governance through Sharia law in Africa?

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    • 3 February 2013 03:56, by Tiger

      Even if the AU fails to refer Abyei case to the UNSC,Sudan government will still loose the case by all means and their poor nomads will be victimized terribly along the border because they will be prevented by not entering our Republic of South Sudan ever again with their animals,this i think is the good time for the Misseriya leaders to stop the persuasions from the NCP and start acting wisely...

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      • 3 February 2013 04:15, by Tiger

        (cont..)
        by distancing themselves from the"ruling greedy party"who is using them as a hunting dogs;...remember!Abyei people will win this case by any means,whatever it might take to end their suffering,it shall comes to an end Mr.Kurti.

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  • 2 February 2013 05:25, by Peacocktail

    Master,
    Are you dreaming in the day light,Abyei wl led into War if you wanted or Not.If NCP is arming the South Rebels to fight at the Border in the pretext of No Border demarcation. We shall convince our brothers in East Africa to support the NEW DAWN CHARTER the real change in Sudan. We shall never be in peace as NCP criminal are holding themselves in power ,killing more Sudanese,regime change n

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    • 2 February 2013 06:21, by master

      peacocktail
      who is dreaming
      soon you will hear bad news from south sudan
      we changed regimes in chad .libya .ethiobia and the next one your corrupted sppm

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    • 2 February 2013 06:29, by ANYANYA1

      Mr.Master or whoever your name is, you need to remember one thing about South Sudan man. I believe you are dreaming or you don’t even know bout SPLM/SPLA we were fought with Criminal Arabs North over 55 Yrs and you did not defeat us. Now we are government as you know it if not you need to ask your Criminal President about SPLA for what was happening in Mayom in Unity State. he will tell you about

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    • 2 February 2013 06:30, by Tutbol

      Donot always blame Russia, our intracted problems with the North is being aided by the UK. The UK plays Mr. Nice in public; but in closed doors, the UK of old monsters want to re-unite us with the North for her own corporate greed & geo-political gains. But it will never again happen in a thousand years. Our boys & girls are ready take the UK & N Sudan head-on in a court of law on these issues.

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      • 2 February 2013 06:44, by Tutbol

        Our people don’t know this; the AU is strongly lobbied by the powerful monied Western countries for their own interests than African interests; call it lobbying or corruptions on african governance, your pick. But the Europeans neo-colonialism is here & our leaders are blinded by the Europeans money to see it, but yes, S Sudanese intergrity won’t be soiled by these imported traits.

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        • 2 February 2013 07:02, by Tutbol

          The Europeans with souls know, what is being done to the marginalised in the N Sudan & S Sudan is wrong, but our problems are often equated to the problems b/n the israel & palistenians because our lowly educated spew praises about israel helps to our peoples than any other country in the world, which is absolutely wrong. Israel hasn’t help us than other countries folks. Yes in anya nya one war.

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          • 2 February 2013 07:21, by Tutbol

            The N Sudan legal advice by their coach, the UK is not to let the whole contested cases reach the UNSC or they will lose. The same game is being played that israel, victors in the palistine will unite the palistinians & israelis & be ruled by the israelis. If we take what is ours force the North, the UK & our cunny ally, the USA will scream obscenities that our country had violated other country’s

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            • 2 February 2013 08:26, by Tutbol

              If there was something to go back to in North Sudan, why did we lose our over 2.5 million people lives just to be manipulated by the West opportunists. THINK AGAIN. N Sudan is on the wrong side, but money play the outrageous diplomatic game here. I am proud to be a S Sudanese. With all these bulsh*t money, their money won’t buy the world honest people’s conscience.

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              • 2 February 2013 10:35, by Robot

                @Paul Ongee and Tutbol,
                Thank you guys, there is no need for me to comment again, you have said it all.... otherwise i was to comment on those two phrases exactly extracted by Paul Ongee.... i am happy that we have real South Sudanese on this site and i know that some prodigal sons will come to their senses.

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  • 2 February 2013 06:09, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The Sudanese goverment is happy now but next he will not achiave the need.

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    • 2 February 2013 06:35, by ANYANYA1

      Brother AYUKU MAkuac Lam, Northern like to dance for nothing always buddy. Let them dance as long as they want But Abyei always South no matter what.
      Anyanya1

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  • 2 February 2013 10:03, by New Government

    NCP.
    You like it or not Abyei will be referred to UNSC.
    We are tired of this AU of not making their final decision on Abyei and disputed areas.

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