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Sudan and S. Sudan disagree on set-up of Abyei police service


February 4, 2013 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - A technical team from Sudan and South Sudan on Monday failed to reach a compromise on the composition of the police force to be established in the disputed oil-producing region of Abyei.

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The technical team for the establishment of an Abyei police force at a meeting in Abyei town (AUHIP)

Al-Kahair Al-Faheem, the Sudanese co-chair of the Abyei steering committee, regretted the failure of the meeting which took place in Abyei town, saying it shows Juba’s “unwillingness” to establish the force.

Luka Biong Deng, South Sudan’s co-chair on the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC), earlier told Sudan Tribune a team from the interior ministries of both countries were in Abyei to explore the “technical”, but not “political” issues related to the two countries.

“A technical team is in Abyei. They have started discussions. They are only discussing technical issues, but they do not have a mandate to decide on political issues,” said Deng.

He added, “They are discussing the size of the police. Sudan is proposing [a] 123 [strong] police force and we are proposing 930, because the status of Abyei as per the September proposal and political will in the south would be [as] a state, so it requires having a police force that runs services at the level of a state”.

Al-Faheem insists Juba’s requests for a 930 strong force was designed to topple the talks, adding that Khartoum was being flexible in order to set up the police force and achieve the implementation of the administrative arrangements in Abyei.

General Kuol Monyluak, who also represents South Sudan on the AJOC, confirmed the two sides held talks, but gave no details on what both parties discussed on bilateral relations.

“Yes, we started discussions. We exchanged ideas on the size of the police service. We also touched [on the] criteria of selection, but we did not take much time on it because we have to agree on the size of the police [force] first before we could move to another agenda,” Monyluak said by phone on Monday from Abyei.

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.

Last year, the African Union (AU) mediation team proposed holding a referendum in Abyei next October, with only those residing permanently in the area allowed to vote in the plebiscite and decide whether they want to join Sudan or South Sudan.

This proposal would effectively mean the majority of voters would 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 was in line with the decision of the Hague-based arbitration court, which defined the territory of the Ngok Dinka’s nine chiefdoms in July 2009.

Sudan swiftly rejected the plan, which received the blessing of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), seeking referral of the matter to the UN Security Council (UNSC) to make it binding.

However, Khartoum insists it is confident its disputes with South Sudan can be resolved without the involvement of international bodies.

Sudan’s foreign minister, Ali Karti, recently said that the AU is capable of resolving the long-standing conflict without the need to resort to the UNSC.


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  • 5 February 2013 07:58, by Jalaby

    I told you those people are visionless and will put you guys in infinite loop!!
    Only stick can help, just hit them hard!!

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    • 5 February 2013 08:33, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      you talk of Abyei
      what happened in Mali? That activity is very closer to khartoum terirotry because khartoum government is controlled by islamist Al-Qada i heard on 2-feb-2013 Bashir had recieved head of jehad from Lebenon as Islamist,leader.

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    • 5 February 2013 10:05, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Don’t listen to them,they are after benefit of the area not the citizen,compare their enviroment with Abyei they are liaring.Let not history to repeat itsself again this time they are not negogiating with Chiefs if compared by then.

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    • 5 February 2013 13:29, by jwok

      Wining to all Border States governors with Sudan (Upper Nile , Warrap Nourthern Bahr Alghzazal
      Dears governors please block the seasonal migration of Arab(Jalaba) cattle to our land .
      We want to avoid what happened in Abeyei region
      Don’t allow them to graze their cattle because tomorrow they will claim that this is their land.
      But our wining in your consideration

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    • 5 February 2013 13:31, by jwok

      Wining to all Border States governors with Sudan (Upper Nile , Warrap Nourthern Bahr Alghzazal
      Dears governors please block the seasonal migration of Arab(Jalaba) cattle to our land .
      We want to avoid what happened in Abeyei region
      Don’t allow them to graze their cattle because tomorrow they will claim that this is their land.
      Put our wining in your consideration

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    • 5 February 2013 14:30, by zulu


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    • 5 February 2013 15:36, by kamal

      we Arabe ststes we are tied of u sudanes.
      why are you guys do not relies the situstion
      how long will u kepon talking talking about soth sudan don,t see n feel in your blood that they don,t want you.
      just leave thier oil n start saveing using others resources

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  • 5 February 2013 08:02, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Almost 1000 police-man for 55000 pple , the residents of Abeyei? That mean a police-man for every 5 people! Still playing Mr. Luka. As long as your family and brothers families are far & away , living happy life in Tasmania-Australia , you will never pay attention to the sufferings of the pple of SS!

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    • 5 February 2013 08:06, by Mohammed Ali 2

      correction: 1 police for 55 pple!

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      • 5 February 2013 13:03, by Nuer Empire

        Let alone 55 per one gay even 110 South Sudanese police qualify as it is their own land.
        The Nuer Empire

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    • 5 February 2013 08:49, by Turism

      Mahmed, pliz your mathemitical as problem, try to improve your mathemitic. how can you say 1000 police for 55000, pliz if you dont mind prove it, or otherwise you need not to care of how many police per a person in Abyei.

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    • 5 February 2013 13:16, by Hardball

      Ali, Mr. Luka’s family has nothing to do with loosing; how is Mr. Luka’s family present in Sudan going to help you win any argument? This has nothing to do with his family; your frustration/anger here is all about you loosing everywhere!

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  • 5 February 2013 08:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The policy of Luka Biong 930 is right indigenous cannot given lowe size of power
    Al-Faheem policy will dy off.
    And I blame president Kirr, because Abyiei can be invade through bullet. this notorious ARAB as wellas Al-Qada Mahemreb can be kick out by force.

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  • 5 February 2013 08:43, by Turism

    What do al-kahair al-faheem mean? does he mean sudan govt have to take more polices or what exactly mean? if it is the case indigeneous people of south sudan can even more than 930 polices forces, otherwise demarcation will be done according to 1956 such that the should not take any shares in Abyei area.

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    • 5 February 2013 09:57, by Paul Ongee

      Ya Ali Karti,
      Why are you kidding that AU is CAPABLE of resolving the long-standing conflict without referring it to UNSC? It may be the AU you know BUT NOT the AU that I know which is NOT CAPABLE of resolving any conflict without UN/Western support, regardless of economic potential and human capital effort.

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      • 5 February 2013 10:03, by Paul Ongee

        AU is “always” struggling to resolve African issues without making substantial progress. Abyei “is and will” be a State whether it will join Sudan/South Sudan. The size of the police force must meet all aspects of law enforcement efforts. Khartoum is now (as I am writing) organizing 300-500 attackers to overrun Abyei as usual. A combined force of Messeriya and SAF is ready to strike.

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        • 5 February 2013 10:16, by Paul Ongee

          When the usual attack happens, Khartoum makes irresponsible comment that “it is just a minor conflict between tribal gangs of Messeriya and Dinka Ngok who do not want peace, but no SAF involvement”. If the force is 930, it will take Khartoum to a drawing board to mobilize forces that can easily overrun Abyei. AU is familiar with this game but makes no effort to simply comment on it.

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  • 5 February 2013 12:57, by Majongdit

    Leave them, they don’t know what they are doing. Sudan will one day concede Abyei to South Sudan.
    Which one is bigger Abyei or South Sudan? If South Sudan seceded in their watchful eyes, how difficult shall Abyei be? Don’t listen to Arab propaganda. They are born like that. I remember in 1997 when they were saying town after town, "our stronghold is this town, it can’t be captured" and 2moro...

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  • 5 February 2013 13:01, by Majongdit

    An Arab commander was saying, "Even after the fall of Rumbek,they can not see Yirol. Yirol is so strtegic and we can never lose it. We are praying for these SPLA rats to attack Yirol, but they are not coming; I don’t know why." And the following day we attacked Yirol and it captured in less than 15 minutes...from there I threw away everything an Arab would tell me.

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  • 5 February 2013 17:26, by Makuer Marou Manok

    those foolish Arab will agree to let Abyei be a part of south Sudan. if they want or don’t want they will agree. even God can condemn them because Abyei is deeply in the south Sudan.

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    • 5 February 2013 19:13, by Dinkawarrior

      The is nothing call Dinka in the Arab sisters, because they’re bunches of women.
      God only know that Abyei is South Sudan.

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  • 6 February 2013 07:38, by barbayo

    solution of Abyei with malitias Arab gun

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