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S. Sudan to respect decision on Abyei status, says official

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February 13, 2013 (JUBA)- South Sudan on Tuesday said it would respect decisions taken by natives of the oil-producing region of Abyei, if the Sudanese government continues derailing efforts aimed at a peaceful resolution of the area, as proposed by the African Union.

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Members of Abyei civil society hold placards saying that Abyei belongs Ngok Dink chiefdoms in a protest outside the United Nations offices in Khartoum on September 23, 2010 (photo Getty)

"The people of Abyei have inalienable right to decide their own destiny if the government of Sudan continues to deliberately refuse settling the final status by derailing the processes of conducting referendum on the basis of the African union proposal”, said Luka Biong Deng, co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC).

Deng, who was briefing journalists on the situation in the disputed region, said Abyei is not a contested region, since it was never been shared between the Dinka Ngok and the Messeriya tribes from the time an administrative unit.

"There is this perception that views Abyei as [a] contested area. This is just a myth. The area has never been shared between the tribes so that it could be a contested. The area is for the nine Ngok [chiefdoms] only. It is the Sudan, which has this perception, but which the international court of arbitration has corrected,” he said.

Deng further clarified that the Hague-based court of arbitration ruled that Abyei belongs to the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905.

"The final status will have to be decided through a referendum. The Misseriya are not in this area”, he told journalists.

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, has recommended that should the two sides fail to come to a political agreement over the status of Abyei, a referendum be held in October involving those residents in the area.

The status of Abyei was scheduled to have been resolved in a referendum over two years ago, but differences between Juba and Khartoum over who was legible to vote caused it to be delayed. The situation was further complicated when the Sudanese army (SAF) forcibly took control of the area in May 2011 ahead of South Sudan’s independence, displacing thousands of people.

South Sudan, last week, accused neighbouring Sudan of building and scaling up deployment of troops to the area, allegedly to facilitate comprehensive massive settlement of the Misseriya in the territory, ahead of the referendum.

In a related development, South Sudan’s minister of Information minister said his country has compromised a lot over the area since 2005, but says the international community continues to accept claims made by the Khartoum government instead of acting on the situation in Abyei.

"We have exercised patience and made a lot of compromises since 2005. We started with report of the experts, who defined the Abyei area boundary, which they brought forward for implementation by the two sides and said yes. Sudan refused and the international community never acted,” said Benjamin Marial.

The minister also accused the international community of remaining silent over Khartoum’s rejection of all proposals aimed at peaceful resolution of the situation in Abyei.

"The international came up with the proposal which we accepted and signed the agreement to set up an interim administration in the area and we said yes. Now they (Sudan) are dragging their feet in what they have signed and the international community is not showing seriousness to let the pressure bear on Sudan,” Marial observed.

Delay by the African Union to make a decision on Abyei, he added, will put the credibility of the 54-member body to test.

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  • 14 February 2013 07:45, by Jalaby

    Abyei is north and will remain north for ever! Please stop making noise here and there!!

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    • 14 February 2013 08:19, by George Bol

      Jallaba and master,
      You are coward from S.Sudan who are pretending to be from Sudan. You are dor! For Sudan, when we called it a last word like we did to Panthou/Heglig, we will captured POW let alone militray trucks and tanks. Abyei problem can encourage mighty SPLA to enter Sudan in all fronts.Take care!

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      • 14 February 2013 12:16, by Big Boy

        Dear George Bol
        You are wright boss, this guy is called Jallbay he’s coward, becasue he’s South Sudanese and he pretended he’s northern, i think he’s part of Equartorian during 21yrs war they pretending they are Ugandan, and when the ugandan army fighting with LRA, then they run to south and became southern, so there’s confuse here. just like Jalaby did.

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    • 14 February 2013 09:34, by Abyei Soil

      The life of Abyei people live to their own decision, I think you’ve a task of training your Misseriya tribes to settle in one place not become transhuman anymore. You can do that for them and you simply get acredited.

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      • 14 February 2013 13:22, by Ahmed Chol

        With the current Sudan Government, there will be no peaceful solution to the problem. War which the south can easily win when well coordinated, can bring peaceful solution to Abyei and all border areas. There is no way Khartoum can win any war right now when they are fighting Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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    • 14 February 2013 13:56, by komriicker

      Abyei has never been a part of the so-called northern Sudan sice creation time but raher a southern part. u only want abyei just becoz of its richness in oil and minerals period.

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    • 14 February 2013 14:16, by aguotwany@live.com

      Jalabia, October 2013 is almost and we will take Abyei by force and if you have right then say it that time. We are tired with talk and time has arrive for us to finish you off , we have many wounds and you will see the SPLA who have defeated you still Mighty powerful to protect the people of South , Sudan and it’s allie. Please come and tell us that Abyei is your that time. Time has arrived .(f)

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  • 14 February 2013 07:54, by zulu

    Sudan’s problems are exponentially accelerating on a daily basis. Internal social unrest, coupled with economic sanctions, further complicated by the lack of cash and the unmitigated complex relationship with the south paint a bleak picture. Swar el Daahab was in Juba to convince Kiir. SPLA is increasing its presence further North complicating security agreements are not dwelling well with sudan

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  • 14 February 2013 07:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    My thanks gose to Abyei youth union for their curicial decision,
    Abyei youth are the right people to decide the status of Abyei whether will be at North or South Sudan.keep it on strike ladies and gentlemen.

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  • 14 February 2013 08:02, by zulu

    Sudan’s problems are exponentially accelerating on a daily basis. Internal social unrest, coupled with economic sanctions, further complicated by the lack of cash and the unmitigated complex relationship with the south paint a bleak picture. Swar el Daahab was in Juba to convince Kiir. SPLA is increasing its presence further North complicating security agreements are not dwelling well with sudan

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  • 14 February 2013 08:08, by master

    mr kuka
    go and decide abyei future alone
    your crying will lead to nothing
    plz save your tears for future using

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  • 14 February 2013 08:10, by Pif Paf

    Well then you better respect it belongs to Sudan.

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    • 14 February 2013 14:42, by Junta

      Idiot Pif Paf
      Did your ancestors carry land from Arabian Peninsula? You are a bunch of vagabonds! You don not own any alnd in Sudan! It belongs to the black Africans the legitimate owners. You are just fake Arabs with identity crises and inferiority complex!

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  • 14 February 2013 08:59, by wang

    They sold their land for foods and now they want it back after they consumed Arab foods. What a confuse people Ngok Dink are? Luka Biong Deng and his Dinka Ngok owed the North Sudan along appreciation for letting them to lives in a land that is not belonging to them.

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  • 14 February 2013 10:05, by pabaak

    "S.Sudan to respect decision on Abyei" For What bases? Abyei people should have picked up the Arm few years ago along with SPLA/M-N in order to liberate Abyei from Jalab, do we still believe that NCP led government will led the referendum go without sabotages, these days they increased the volume of their rhetoric of not give up new ground in peace, which mean there will be no solution to

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    • 14 February 2013 10:12, by pabaak

      remaining issues of CPA, if they instruct the Messirya to sabotage the referendum, why people of area still keep quiet with only writing complaints to worlds body without bringing up new strategies and new tactics that will keep Abyei in South Sudan

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  • 14 February 2013 11:21, by Foxtail

    bad dream for arabs. kiss ma ass if you want abyei. it’s just naive to engage sudan over abyei. they just need a beating so that they understand abyei is for south sudan

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    • 14 February 2013 12:34, by Nuer Empire

      Even if Dinka Ngok did sell Abyei at the time to the north through their fore fathers,they didn’t sell it to Mesiriya rather they administratively sold themselves with their land to the north.That can not allow greedy and dirty mesiriya to claim ownership of Abyei! It is land for Dinka Ngog even if they may remain part of the north as their color is not actually known.
      The Nuer Empire

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    • 14 February 2013 12:37, by Nuer Empire

      Even if Dinka Ngok did sell Abyei at the time to the north through their fore fathers,they didn’t sell it to Mesiriya rather they administratively sold themselves with their land to the north.That can not allow greedy and dirty mesiriya to claim ownership of Abyei! It is land for Dinka Ngog even if they may remain part of the north as their color is not actually known.
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 14 February 2013 14:07, by Makunon

    Land belong to nine ngok chiefdom and they will decide where they should belong whether South-North. this thing is said several times and Arab could not understand, may be time to use Akm-47 to force to their mind.

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    • 14 February 2013 21:40, by julia

      makunon,tell ur uncle luka biong,deng biong,pieng deng kuol,deng aloor,zionsit,akol liai mager and edward lino that AK47 is the to determine Abyei status as Nuba&Blue Nile re seeking their popular consultation through AK47,RBG7,D30,82 madal,120mm,G3 and so forth.instead of stalling for time,they will be vagabond(vagrand)in ss.

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      • 15 February 2013 00:08, by ANYANYA1

        Julia, I,m agree with you my friend, Abyei problem is on byei leaders hands. they need to take action instead of holding postion or running to Addis Ababa all the time. there is grandfather Deng Majok took Abyei to North and now his children will fight for it and bring it back. this is the only way for Abyei to come back. My message to Nine Ngok Dinka’s. Arab dosen’t need you to be apart of North.

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  • 15 February 2013 00:36, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Abyei people should have to get prepare for their Referadom on self-expression,that they are Southern Sudanese, and they should vote for seperation,which is the merly options.Because Dinka is not divided,they are living in Southern Sudan and they will be unitied.But we are praying for the South Blue Nile and the South Kordufan and Abyei, to joint their comradeship in South Sudan!

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