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Sudan’s NCP reiterates sovereignty over Abyei and Halayeb

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June 27, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) affirmed its position on the contested border regions of Abyei with South Sudan and Halayeb with Egypt saying that both are considered Sudanese territories.

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Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party External Relations officer Ibrahim Ghandour (Ashorooq TV)

In a meeting with Sudanese expatriates in China, the NCP’s external relations officer Ibrahim Ghandour said that Khartoum will not compromise or bargain on any inch of land belonging to it.

Ghandour also stressed that any attempt to hold a referendum in Abyei without the participation of the Arab Misseriya tribe will not work adding that history and geography proves that the oil-rich region is part of Sudan.

South Sudan split from its northern neighbor in 2011 under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. Like South Sudan, Abyei was meant to have an independence referendum, agreed under the 2005 deal, but Sudan and South Sudan have been unable to agree which tribal members should participate.

In a bid to end the stalemate last year, the African Union (AU) backed a proposal allowing only those residing permanently in the area to vote in the plebiscite.

The decision effectively excludes members of the Misseriya nomads, who enter the area at different times of the year to graze their cattle, from participating in the vote.

The NCP official also denied speculations that Sudan is using the issue of Ethiopia’s Renaissance dam to press Egypt into conceding Halayeb triangle.

"Our relationship with Egypt and Ethiopia is strategic; Sudan does not compromise this [dam issue] in return to that. Halayeb will remain Sudanese like our other borders which will not be forfeited," Ghandour said.

Cairo and Addis Ababa have traded barbs in past weeks about Ethiopia’s new hydroelectric project, which Egypt fears will reduce a water supply vital for its 84 million people, who mostly live in the Nile valley and delta.

But Sudan has taken the unusual step of dissenting from Egypt’s position by announcing its support to the dam project and emphasizing that it will not negatively impact the water supply.

Many Egyptian politicians and observers and have expressed fury over Sudan’s stance with some going as far as calling Khartoum an "ingrate" and "treacherous".

Some commentators have speculated that Khartoum wants to use the dam issue as a bargaining chip to claim back Halayeb which is under Egyptian control since the 90’s.

Egypt brushed aside Sudan’s repeated calls for referring the dispute to international arbitration.

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  • 28 June 2013 07:44, by Kim Deng

    Deng Majok’s sons are looting revenues in the South instead of reclaiming back their land. Shame of them cowards!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 28 June 2013 07:52, by Force 1

      NCP don’t have to say Abyei is a Sudanese territory when none of them live in Abyei! The decision of whether or not Abyei is a Sudanese or South Sudanese territory will be decided by the inhabitants of Abyei Region when they voted to decide where they belong. The rest of it is just a noise!

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      • 28 June 2013 14:42, by Badi Malawi

        ibrahim gandour,
        you are actually beating around the bush, by all means Abyei will be junub sudan either bullets nor dialogue

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  • 28 June 2013 07:59, by Kenyang

    Unless face with determine, precise war, NiF can not relinquish Abyei nor will the international communities wake up to calls of demarcating and settling borders peacefully. A war with South Sudan is coming over Abyei or many other occupied South Sudanese territories.

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  • 28 June 2013 08:03, by Majongdit

    Ibrahim Ghandour,
    Don’t fool those sino-sudanese sex workers. You know in your heart and those Sudanese sex workers also understand that you’ll never own those areas completely. Sudan rightfully owns Halyeb, but can Sudan stand tall and look Egypt in the face? No!
    Abyei is a S Sudanese land. The UN/AU and the entire world have agreed that Abyei’s land and people are S Sudanese. Don’t waste ur time

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    • 28 June 2013 08:11, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      This is not news,We knew such comedy was already in the pipeline.

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  • 28 June 2013 09:52, by munene

    abyei referendum is due to take place in october this year but does south have hope of wining compare to southern referendum which left some people complaining for their wasted vote for separation that fall into the hand of thieives
    if i knew, i would have favour unity instead of separation.
    forgive me GOD 4 my poor vote, am sorry pliz

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    • 28 June 2013 10:27, by Paul Ongee

      Did this moron called Ibrahim Ghandour read CPA or was he out of Sudan when it was signed in 2005 or another attempt to abrogate agreement as it happened to AAA of 1972? Why did he choose the wrong place of issuing such statement to the wrong audience and at the wrong time?

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      • 28 June 2013 10:29, by Paul Ongee

        Why is the name “Halayed” is only heard in the campaign trails during election seasons and in foreign trips while Egypt is just at the doorstep waiting for any move by Sudan? That is why I say the deputy NCP leader’s trip to China is to request economic aid. A question was raised about the resource-rich “Halayed” and he added Abyei knowing well that it will soon be part of South by ballot/bullets.

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  • 28 June 2013 10:34, by BM Bol

    They should fair Allah, if they believe there’s one.

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  • 28 June 2013 11:52, by Zionist

    The NCP regime of Sudan is like a childless father who claims his neighbors kids to be his, Abyei/Halayeb, while unable to have kids of his own, therefore, breaking all the rules and defying the whole world. As a reslut, his neighbors will stand up and protect their little ones by all means necessary, including, waging a war.

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    • 28 June 2013 16:40, by Mabior Dhongbang

      Fack fack you Arabs ,first ask your selves ,when did you guys entred Sudan ,before you called your selves Sudanese ,and later that Abyei belong to you ,shame on you Arabs. whether you like it or not Abyei will never be part of Sudan ,better we are dead then you will take it. Fack Bashir ,and your fellow Arabs.

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  • 28 June 2013 19:41, by Black Power

    This fagot known as Gandur ia bluffing. Come October Abyei will be South Sudan territory.

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