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Abyei youth call for immediate termination of UNISFA mandate


May 12, 2013 (JUBA) - The leadership of a youth group from the oil-contested border region of Abyei have called for the immediate termination of the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA), claiming the mission has failed to live up to its obligations since its establishment two years ago.

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The late leader of the Dinka Ngok tribe, Kuol Deng Kuol (L), shakes hands with Misseriya chief Al-Amer Mokhtar Papo after signing a peace agreement in the town of Kadugli, north of Abeyi on 13 January 2011 (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty)

Mijak Kuol, senior member of the Abyei Youth Union (AYU), told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that UNISFA’s role had become redundant in the face of ongoing violence in the region, particularly the killing of the Ngok Dinka paramount chief Kuol Deng Kuol on 4 April.

The chief was killed after a convoy he was travelling in under the protection of UNISFA was ambushed by members of the rival Arab Misseriya tribe, in an attack the Sudanese government is accused of masterminding.

“There is no point to have [the] United Nations [peace]keeping force in Abyei. The situation started to deteriorate after deployment. Many of our people are killed in the presence of the so called peacekeeping force. People are killed within the vicinity of the UN camp in Abyei, which has never happened before. The living example was the killing of our chief in their hands”, said Kuol, who also cited the killing of Awet Ngor, a native of the Mulmul area, days before the chief was shot dead.

UNISFA’s base is located in the Mulmul area.

“Awet Ngor was killed in Mulmul just about two minutes walking distance to the UN camp. This has never happened before”, the youth leader said.

“We have asked our government to quickly terminate the mandate of this mission. This was our message which [we] gave the minister of cabinet affairs, Deng Alor Kuol, to deliver to our president [Salva Kiir]. We also conveyed the same message to the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Nhial Deng Nhial, when he came to attend the burial of our chief”, he added.

The comments come as the South Sudanese government on Saturday rejected forming a joint administration with the Sudanese government in Abyei, accusing Khartoum of having “killed the spirit of dialogue” by assassinating the area’s paramount chief.

Deng Mading Mijak, the co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) representing South Sudan, has also called for a “review of the mandate of the mission”, saying the security situation in the area continued to deteriorate despite the presence of peacekeeping troops.

“The mandate of this mission should be reviewed. Our government should take it seriously. Our people are no longer feeling they can be protected by the United Nations troops in Abyei if their chief was killed in their hands”, Mijak told reporters on Saturday at a news conference in Juba.

Meanwhile, in a letter of protest signed by civil society organisations and obtained by Sudan Tribune, civil rights activists, as well as members of union groups representing youth, traders, women, farmers and teachers, issued UNISFA with a 24-hour ultimatum to remove Sudanese UN personnel working in the area, claiming they were security agents.

“We are asking UNISFA to immediately send away the security agents who are camouflaging as UN personnel in Abyei. We know them one by one because some of them were here [before]. We know them and they know themselves very well that they are not ordinary citizens. They are security agents”, the protest letter dated 9 May reads in part.

The letter also calls on the UN mission, relief organisations and other agencies working in the area to stop hiring Sudanese nationals.

“We are asking UNISFA to stop hiring and hosting of employees from Sudan because we consider it as part of the Arab Misseriya settlement plan in [the] Dinka area. This is a plan by the government of Sudan”, the letter adds in part.

An referendum initially scheduled for January 2011 to decide the fate of the Abyei area failed to take place over disagreements between the two countries about who was eligible to participate in the vote.

In a bid to break the deadlock, the African Union (AU) last year, proposed that the plebiscite go ahead this October, but only for those permanently residing in the area. The decision effectively excludes the Misseriya nomads, who enter the area periodically during the year to graze their cattle, from participating, with the Southern-aligned Dinka Ngok expected to vote in favour of joining South Sudan.


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  • 13 May 2013 08:18, by Dinkawarrior

    This a best chance for South Sudanese people to retaliate against killed our brother Kuol Deng Kuol. Please don’t let this opportunity go by without action, they will be engaging with SRF while our borders will be free without Fake Jalaba.

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    • 13 May 2013 09:08, by viper

      I thought Abyei youths would be calling for opening training camps this time rather than talking shits like this. Instead of airing false things like this they should join the army to fight for Abyei. Media does not liberate

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      • 13 May 2013 09:26, by Deng II

        agreed with you man, Abyei youth need to go for training camp instead of talking nonsense. A educated people can protect their life and lands. Sure Abyei can be liberate by all of us, but you native has to do some thing before big battles that includes tanks and jets.

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        • 13 May 2013 09:30, by Deng II

          Con: What I mean by "do Some thing before big battle" is to fuck those illegal settlers, they are not that many than Ngok Dinka population.

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          • 13 May 2013 13:42, by Oppressor

            What a repulsive remark DengII ya scamp idiot..

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    • 13 May 2013 09:19, by Kedo

      Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using(ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but who knew it before? WAKE UP AFRICANS. Don’t waste your time talking politics.(ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

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    • 13 May 2013 09:21, by Ahmado

      Dinkawarrior,are you gotten your uncle KIIR man with tearful. He cry like women How can he revange? i never see leader cry like him death to dinka all

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    • 13 May 2013 11:39, by Jalaby

      Breaking News ..
      David Yau Yau and his brave fighters announced that Pibor city has fallen under their control ...
      What a great news..

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      • 13 May 2013 11:52, by Jalaby

        Brave and fearless David Yau Yau, less talking huge act on the ground!!
        Bor city is the next station, let thieves run away for their lives!!

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        • 13 May 2013 12:16, by Jalaby

          SAF puts all its military capabilities under David Yau Yau control and services, SAF has provided them with all type of sophisticated weapons that they need, fuels, four wheel military cars, and all logistic supports, and warplanes to carry them to remote areas to circle around their enemies and take them by surprise!
          David Yau Yau Oyeeeeeeee

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          • 13 May 2013 12:59, by Salammabaad

            nonsense,you are a disgrace,are not you ashame of this white lies.

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      • 13 May 2013 14:31, by Oppressor

        I admire David Yau Yau & All Murle freedom fighters .. they must have our support & all Sophisticated Iranian weapons must be handled to Yau Yau to kick Dinka looters

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  • 13 May 2013 09:12, by Jonny

    The UNISFA mandate need to be revised yes it is a good Idea but termination of the UNISFA before referendum may have negative consequence.

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    • 13 May 2013 09:19, by Kedo

      Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using(ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but who knew it before? WAKE UP AFRICANS. Don’t waste your time talking politics.(ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

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  • 13 May 2013 09:20, by Kedo

    Don’t waste your time talking politics. See how a Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting idea. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she was using(ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but who knew it before? WAKE UP AFRICANS. Don’t waste your time talking politics.(ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM)

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  • 13 May 2013 10:26, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Viper & Deng 11,
    Every s.sudanese will agree to the concept of Abyei paramilitary. However, who will lead them to execute their duties? Don’t you guys thinks something is fishy with Juba? Why did Kiir dismissed the only two Abyei commenders Gt.Pieng Deng & Koul Diem from the army when we all know well that Abyei case remain unsettle?

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    • 13 May 2013 10:49, by Awei-ngok

      Dear South Sudanese, the problem we are facing is the fact that the UN Missions in South Sudan are not very well regulated by our government. They usaully come in good faith and impartiality but few days later, the Khartoum government and its extremists brainwash them and turn them against us, the Southerners. This means security should be tied and restrictive of UN activities; be it communication

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      • 13 May 2013 11:04, by Awei-ngok

        Movements, or whatever action they are doing in the name of maintaining peace. They are brought in South Sudan to create more chaos than peace, and moreover, to get salaries as their countries are economically unreliable. You can remember what they did in Jonglei with Yau Yau...watching on as Khartoum Helicopter airdrop the weapons to the rebels, and which were later used against..

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        • 13 May 2013 11:13, by Awei-ngok

          civilians at Akobo in Jonglei by Yau Yau. Our government should be very vigilant. Khartoum is still outside our doors watching ill-inentionally. I congratulate Abyei Youth but they should be like Dinka Malual, who defended their land to the point of death during the civil war era with Sudan up to date. Please lead South Sudanese if you want to be free. Be united in heart and spirit.

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          • 13 May 2013 11:23, by Awei-ngok

            Abyei will be free only and only if the youths and the Senior Leaders (in the Military, and in the Community leaders) plus the elderly of Nine Dinka Ngok Chiefdoms are united and working hard for separation from Sudan. Look at other support from other South Sudanese as Secondary..but the primary one is your unity against Khartoum.Support the new Paramount Chief very well. Be present on Abyei soil.

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  • 13 May 2013 12:02, by Dansedit

    the Abyei Youth should lead and go to the ground and confront the enemy instead of making demonstrations and politics which is not and will never help.

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    • 13 May 2013 14:36, by Oppressor

      They are wise enough more than you idiot & they can’t take any action coz they know well who are we & Miseriya brave fighters can deal with them ..so stop nagging fa nothing Abyei is a Sudanese Land & no way to any idea of being a part of South they can go to south or to Hell but Land will Remain in Sudan it is Miserya’s land.

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  • 13 May 2013 18:44, by Mike General

    Let them not just woof freely without facing enemies. they have scatter themselves all over two countries s sudan and sudan. take arm go and fight mesariya.who do you expect to fight for you gluttonous mass

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  • 14 May 2013 03:05, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Kiir disarmed Abyei sons(Pieng & Kuol Diem), how can you disarmed someone & asked him to go to frontline? Bashir armed Misirriya to the teeth & backed them with SAF intelligents in police uniforms, What did Kiir did,withdraw Abyei police force, relieved the only Abyei sons from army. Who is going to lead Abyei people in defending their land? Why not talking louder against this violation/UNSC2046?

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