Home | News    Friday 4 October 2013

S. Sudan wins global support for Abyei referendum: Igga


October 3, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Thursday that it obtained international backing in support of a plan to conduct the long-awaited referendum in the disputed oil-producing region of Abyei.

JPEG - 14.1 kb
James Wani Igga delivers a speech at the meeting of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City – September 26, 2013 (UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz)

James Wani Igga, the country’s vice-president revealed upon arrival from the just-concluded United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

“You know I am returning from the United States of America where I went to attend the meeting of the general assembly of the United Nations in New York. This meeting came at the right. It was timely because it took place at the time the whole world almost believed that South Sudan was in serious problem, especially the conflict in Jonglei, the dispute over oil transport fee with Sudan and the Abyei conflict," Igga told reporters on arrival in the capital, Juba.

This perception has now changed, he added.

A number of senior government officials were at Juba airport to witness the arrival of the vice president, who made his first official trip since his recent appointment.

The vice president, while addressing the UN assembly last week, said his country would continue to cooperate with neighbouring Sudan to implement the agreement on the final status of Abyei through a referendum fixed by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for this October.

According to Igga, the AU Peace and Security Council, and the UN Security Council accepted the proposal as “representing a fair, equitable and workable solution.”

“The international community must ensure that this proposal is implemented expeditiously”, he said.


Igga specifically cited the governments of the United States, United Kingdom and France and other African countries he did not name, as having expressed readiness to support the timely conduct the referendum.

“It was the opportunity to meet with many heads of state from different countries of the world with whom I discussed what we have done as the government and so to seek their opinions on where their support is required, especially on the Abyei conflict," the vice president remarked.

We now have assurances for full support from the international community, he added.


Last month, the AU urged Sudan and South Sudan to "urgently" resume discussions on its proposal to resolve the final status of the disputed oil-producing region of Abyei.

The continental body, however, warned both nations against undertaking unilateral actions, instead encouraging implementation of earlier commitments already made.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 4 October 2013 07:43, by Panda Odhie

    job well done Igga ,we are waiting to see Abyei referendum is implemented at exactly the mention month and the date, please ,you and your friend Kiir in governing make your part to pressure international communities and continental body also for support

    repondre message

  • 4 October 2013 07:46, by william

    Mr. Iga no doubt always the mission of truly nationalist are fruit fruitful. But make sure Abyei will be brought back only by actions not by words. Hence, prepare for another alternatives.

    repondre message

  • 4 October 2013 08:00, by Naath

    Well done Mr igga, it’s good know we has been helped by international community and other powerful country like US,UK France and African country too.we need to show them that we still in our feets,Hopeless kiir comments during panthu war is not a comment president who still looking for help outside,he said south is not under United nation commands this is not a popular comments,now we need help.

    repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Will uprising in Sudan provide a new political dispensation? 2019-04-20 06:25:31 By Luka Kuol* The recent wave of uprising in some African countries shows the new means of contesting the African rulers who stayed in power for so long and are hardly to be unseated through the (...)

Sudan’s Uprising: Dealings with remnants of al-Bashir 2019-04-16 21:14:38 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman From the outset, the people of Sudan who have been demonstrating in their glorious popular rebellion for over four months categorically reject the Reproduction or (...)

Sudan’s third civilian uprising and the fourth military coup i 2019-04-16 13:12:52 The third civilian uprising and the fourth military coup in Sudan history ended up with the downfall of Omar Hassan El Bashir after nearly 30 years in power. By Lul Gatkuoth Gatluak The news (...)


Latest Press Releases

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)

Sudan Protests: Investigate the custodial death of three University students 2019-03-13 12:53:14 The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) Sudan Protests: Urgent call for investigations into the custodial death of three University students and alleged torture of detainees by (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.