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S. Sudan concerned over delay in forming Abyei administration

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February 24, 2013 (JUBA) - The delay in the formation of a joint administration in the Abyei area remains a setback in efforts to achieve peace and stability in the disputed oil-producing region.

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Majak D’ Agoot, South Sudan’s deputy defence minister, said he is optimistic the new nation will celebrate this year’s independence in July, with Abyei “under the administration of the government of the Republic of South Sudan”.

“We are not happy. We shall only be happy if we celebrate the next independence with Abyei being under [the] administration of the government of the Republic of South Sudan”, he said on Saturday.

Speaking at a gathering of the Ngok Lual Yak community in Juba, the minister also acknowledged the contributions made by various groups from the area during the protracted civil war between north and South.

However, he said the South-ruling party (SPLM) was determined to pursue legitimate means to ensure that Abyei becomes part of South Sudan, as it was before nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms were transferred to the north by the British in 1905.

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 its delay.

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 over 100,000 people.

Since then, a 4,000-strong UN peacekeeping force has been deployed in the area, but establishing a civilian administration in the region has proved painfully slow.

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, with only those residents in the area involved.

Edward Lino Wuor, a native of Abyei, who is the SPLM chairperson for the area, told Sudan Tribune negotiations on the status of the disputed area have stopped because Sudan was “dragging” its feet on the AU-backed proposal.

“Nothing is moving. Everything has stopped. The government of Sudan has decided to employ political tactics to delay settling the final status of Abyei. It wants further discussions, but with who? We have been engaging [them] for the last seven years without success,” he said.

Wour called for immediate action from the international community, which he insists is capable of resolving the dispute in the contested region.

“The international community knows very well that [the] people of Abyei have suffered a great deal. It is time the international community should take a decision and act immediately”, he said.

Both Sudan and South Sudan struck a deal in September last year to demilitarise the border region in order to maintain a buffer zone, but neither side has implemented the agreement.

(ST)

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  • 25 February 2013 21:31, by julia

    am quiet sure u mean it becozs Pieng have married un unte.
    could pls tell ur in-law to allow our reconciliation as propose by Dr.Riek Michar.and to ur information,u won,t have mention that in the occassion organised by peaceful Lual Yak peopl.
    Ur corrupt justic Deng Biong in-law should with his article otherwise u will fought Abyei war with coward/greedy/corrupt Abyei boys.

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    • 25 February 2013 23:02, by omoni jr.

      BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH.
      The Jenge SPLA ran away from Higleg and left really heroes to wrestled with NCP malitias deadly and Mamur Obote and James Gatduel forces enrooted terrorists out of Heglig,and 300 jenge disappeared and half of them were killed by wild animals. so the question is: if NCP tomorrow rigged the referendum, what are you going to do jenge?

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      • 25 February 2013 23:11, by omoni jr.

        I heard that there are too many areas that now being considered as contested areas,ok,I know you jenge, you can go to the war and start shooting guns without knowing the enemy’s direction,so when the enemy return the fire then over 20 jenges will be either screaming and cry for their life because No war tactics ,because they think they are fighting over cows,someone need to tell that there is a

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        • 25 February 2013 23:14, by omoni jr.

          con....a different between fighting over cows and really war with artelery,machines guns and antonov hovering over head.

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          • 26 February 2013 01:53, by Uncle J

            Heloo Omonni,
            I just need to correct your idiotic comments. Look here mr. omonni the people you refer to as cowardice jenge are the same people whom you adored the most as the freedom fighters in the 21 years of rebellion while you you you..were a slave for jalabi, a slave that you had to carry a bucket of human poo daily because if you revolve and escape to South you will end up in SPLA.

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            • 26 February 2013 02:15, by Uncle J

              you are sush a fool that you can’t tell the different between your armpit and your as ass mr. omonni. I’m not from dinka but my instinct keeps telling me that dinka and nuer people even if they fight on cows are the veteran of war and they are the true separatists that’s why we have the Repubic of South Sudan.

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              • 26 February 2013 02:22, by Uncle J

                ...If you believe your people ’dor nyamnyam’ are heroes, then go ahead moblize them and move up to Darfur help our former brothers achieve their freedom. Nobody will recognize you in darfur because you are not jenge

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                • 26 February 2013 04:02, by omoni jr.

                  Uncle Jackass,
                  As your name suggested you are one of moron who do not understand anything but cows that turns to be more important than Human,I know you are from Nuer idiot,you stupid tribe never and will never acheve anything BUT food and kissing Al BASHIR ASS during hot days,you are cursed community moved back and forth in which your commanders killed at the villagers like dogs,except Riek Ten

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                  • 26 February 2013 04:07, by omoni jr.

                    con...Teny who was almost murdered by powerful late man called Paulino Mapit,the great food lover in sudan history,he was assigned to protect the oil field from SPLA.
                    What is s hungry man!!!!!!!! that does not care where he was born???

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                    • 26 February 2013 04:42, by zulu

                      VIVA ABYEI
                      VIVA SPLA
                      VIVA THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN, BN, DARFUR AND NBMTNS
                      THIS YEAR WILL SEE ABYEI CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE IN SOUTH SUDAN. TOO MUCH TALK IS OVER, AND THE NCP SHOULD MEND ITS ATTITUDE FROM CONFRONTATION TO AMICABLE CO-EXISTENCE WITH SOUTH SUDAN. WE WILL FEED THEM AGAIN IF THEY CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDE

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                    • 26 February 2013 05:15, by Nuer Empire

                      Omoron:You are a stupid ape whose mouth is full of dirty things.When is the evident that show you he is from Nuer? Don’t provoke those who haven’t touched you otherwise we will open your ass to your enemies.
                      The Nuer Empire

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                      • 26 February 2013 06:55, by Nuer Empire

                        Wasting for already sold land will hamper our development.The Abyei sons are keeping silent just wasting and killing our times.They are just looting in South Sudan with double standards,but they have no lands here.It is a right time to tell them and go to their land for defense.Ngok Lual Ngom!
                        The Nuer Empire

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                        • 26 February 2013 09:32, by Turism

                          Nuer, how much is the land that is not survery being sold away? do you the price if you know then give me the fedback within the shortest time. Abyei is not sold but the fact remain the same, people of Abyei are totally difference that some of them like north and the rest like south. let watch and we will see what happen since remain some few months to reach the refrendum.

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                          • 26 February 2013 13:52, by Nuer Empire

                            The contract was a salary contract.You know,100 Sudanese Dinar was a big money in those years.

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                    • 26 February 2013 07:08, by Ahmado

                      with me no doubt Abyei will come back to south by using red pen for bring Abyei but this will not happen now because of incompetent leaders in the south but with me no doubt we shall wait to KIIR to go then bring new leader Isaac Mamour to with Arabs

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                    • 26 February 2013 09:08, by Uncle J

                      Take it easy slave brother/prodigal son of Omonnni...I was only trying to make you understand that freedom was brought to South Sudan by heroes tribes and if you think your tribe wasn’t serving arabs as a slave then go ahead name one of a great freedom fighter that has his monument in Juba.

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          • 26 February 2013 13:02, by no peace with north

            Omondi or Omoni or whatever you call youself, you are the most triblist I think you are from Dindiga because I know Dindinga is the worst triblist within South Sudan compare to murle because their have one language why you said Dinka ran a way from Heglig, do you think the soldiers fighting tribe by tribe their all mix my friend may be you were born in Kenya that is why you don’t know

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    • 26 February 2013 06:31, by viper

      Indeed Dr Mijak and Edward Lino are people of integrity. They are the people I have confidence in them in this nation. Edward Lino is the only person who can bring the issue of Abyei to an end. Those of Wunabior specially Pajook sold Abyei and now looting the resources of South Sudan before they could know their destiny

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      • 26 February 2013 06:39, by viper

        Those of Francis Mading Deng, Deng Alor, Luka Biong and any body who come from Pajook of Wunabioor are just enjoying the world Hotels in the name of Abyei but doing different things. Look at what Mading did in the UNSC! He is still considering himself a sudanese citizen, what a joke

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  • 26 February 2013 07:39, by Pif Paf

    The Messaria said they will either live on Abeyi soil or be buried under Abeyi Soil. And i think you know the Messeriya very well, they are not cowards like Dinka Ngog who will call on brainwashed SPLM-Nuer to fight on their behalf while they loot whatever they can in Juba. Abeyi will be the last outstanding issue to be resolved, S.Sudan should focus on the priorities.

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    • 26 February 2013 12:00, by Uncle J

      Al-messyria are parasites trying to bring up layman claims that they are people of Abyei just because of inter-marriage and how they flow in like ants seasonally. When will they realise that Sudanese king (I called him king because he became a president the year I was borned but now I can run election against him) Umar al-Bashir is using them for impossible claim of Abyei?

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      • 26 February 2013 18:40, by Khat Nyalang Kuoth

        Mesiriya are bunch of human beings with no objective of where to stay,but are moving randomly from place to place.Yes guys,do u think that 4 months spells qualify you to be the owners of the land? Mesiriya have no houses in Abyei,but they are disturbing the world.Ngog are bribed to join their Northern Muslim brothers.They have very little contribution for their land.

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