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May 8, 2013 (JUBA) – A number of key Africans presidents have condemned the killing of Ngok Dinka chief Kuol Deng Kuol in the contested border region of Abyei, warning that the incident poses a grave threat to stability and peace between the countries.

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President of Uganda Yoweri K Museveni in 2005 (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

South African president Jacob Zuma made the comments in a strongly-worded statement read on South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Wednesday, while Ugandan president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni described the killing as an “act of terrorism”.

In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune, Museveni called on the international community to provide support to the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Abyei in conducting a proper investigation to ensure those responsible for the attack are held accountable.

The Ugandan president, a close ally of South Sudan, also warned that the incident posed a significant threat to regional stability and peaceful coexistence between the two countries, particularly for communities in border areas.

The Ngok Dinka paramount chief was killed on Saturday on his way back to Abyei town after a UN convoy he was travelling in was attacked by armed members of the nomadic Arab Misseriya tribe following a visit to an area further north.

He was part of a joint government delegation from Juba and Khartoum that were visiting the region for a consultative meeting on how the two sides could accelerate discussions to form a temporary administration in the area. Two Ethiopian peacekeepers were also killed during the incident.

His death is viewed in the South as a Khartoum-backed assassination and has generated widespread public anger, with many senior officials calling for immediate military action.

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Zuma acknowledged that the incident has threatened to further destabilise Abyei, as well as the progress recently achieved by Sudan and South Sudan in addressing their common security and socio-economic concerns.

“I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Ngok Dinka community and the government of Ethiopia, the home country of the UN peacekeepers killed in the incident, as well as to the families of those killed and injured,” Zuma said in the statement.

He also urged the leadership of the two countries to ensure that those responsible for the attack are brought to justice.

“I also call on the leadership of Sudan and South Sudan to exercise restraint and to ensure that the current situation does not spiral out of control”, he added.

Zuma further urged the parties to the conflict in the region to work with the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) to conduct a transparent and effective investigation into the incident.

He has also urged the two countries to unconditionally facilitate the movement of UN personnel seeking access to Abyei either for immediate assessment, or to conduct and respond to the daily needs of humanitarian-related activities in the region.

Zuma reiterated both Sudan and South Sudan’s commitment to all agreements signed and the determination to implement them in an effort to normalise and enhance bilateral relations, which he said would likely assist both sides in establishing temporary arrangements for the Abyei administration.

The governments of Norway, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia and the UK have also issued statements condemning the attack through their representatives in Juba.

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  • 9 May 2013 06:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Condemn without teching is not filful.

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  • 9 May 2013 06:30, by Msudi

    This guy was warned by Juba government but chose to ignore the warning and went ahead with his visit to northern part of Abyei. Ignorance always kills, any way my condolence to his beloved family and Ngok Dinka. May God give him eternal rest
    Msudi

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    • 9 May 2013 06:50, by julia

      kuol Deng Kuol.
      He die innocently, but betrayed by his step bro,s ie Ahamed Deng Aloor & Luka Biong. RIP sultan kuol Deng Kuol. U had been with them for more than 4 decad but they killed u! When ur bros try to annex Abyei s.sudan greedly without make proper action, that let to ur fate. If there is youth in Abyei they should form malitias or rebel like Nuba to liberate Abyei. To stop rampant kill.

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      • 9 May 2013 07:18, by Michael Angelo

        Those African leaders are the one who push Bashir into that position of ignoring citizens of Abyei their destiny. Istead of telling the truth they choose to side with wrong government who kill his people.

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    • 9 May 2013 07:14, by Mike

      Msudi
      I think u r patriotic enough,how come you can abstain yourself from national duty? when being called.u r just useless food lovers who opt for naive attitudes not to deliver service needed by your people therefore Kuol Adol was a true nationalist who loves his people not cowardice just human being like u does.

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      • 9 May 2013 07:36, by Msudi

        Hello Mike,
        Thank you for insulting me. FYI, am neither food lover nor unpatriotic as you suggested.
        I’m true nationalist who believes in common destiny for our people and country.
        Msudi

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    • 9 May 2013 08:44, by Joseph Canada

      Msudi, Northern Abyei is the land of the paramount Chief and its his Soil. His 100th Ancestors lived there before the Coming of Missiraya. He was killed by those food gatherers on his land. The oil you are looking for and the grass grew well due to those killed by Arabs !!! We will not rest till Abyei is in Peace!!

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      • 9 May 2013 09:08, by Msudi

        Hello Joseph Canada,
        FYI, am not an Arab. I hope you are new comer to this website. I have been member of discussion board since this website inception.
        If we call spade a spade then abyei is not part of south sudan like wise to Gambell, matar, Bilpam, Itang. As matter of fact we shall claim the latter mentioned places as well
        Kweheri
        Msudi

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  • 9 May 2013 07:42, by Sudan virus

    Most of them shield Bashiir from the ICC!

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  • 9 May 2013 08:43, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Why do strong condemnations comes outside S.Sudan? our government’s responses has been very weak & dodgy since it happened. If there was no conspiracy from Juba, why sent such a high profile figure with no protection? I am so ashame as a S. Sudanese. There should have been a strong statement on consequences of such a torror act.something realy smelly about assassination of Sultan Kuol Deng.

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  • 9 May 2013 10:46, by Jonny

    Sudan’s plans are well known, but will be turn down all even if will take many life. Abiey is South sudan land for our brothers called Dengka.

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