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October 23, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan said on Wednesday that it does not support the conduct of a unilateral referendum to determine the final status of the oil-contested border region of Abyei, questioning what its outcome would achieve if it is not recognised by either country.

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About 1000 residents of Abyei march to celebrate the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on 22 July 2009 (Photo Tim McKULKA/UNMIS)

“The government of South Sudan is not a part of the activities ongoing in Abyei. What is happening there is the work of the pressure group. It is the work of the civil society from Abyei. It is the people of Abyei who are doing that and not the government of South Sudan”, South Sudanese information and broadcasting minister Michael Makuei Lueth said on Wednesday.

Speaking to journalists at a press conference, Lueth questioned how a unilateral vote could help break the deadlock over the future of Abyei if the result was not formally recognised by either Sudan or South Sudan.

“This is what they [the Abyei community] have said and decided to go ahead with their activities which are not approved by the government of South Sudan. What we do not know is what will happen after this decision. Can they do that without me and you? Can they do that without South Sudan and Sudan? Where will they go if the result is not recognised by both Sudan and South Sudan? Even if it has to be an independent state, it needs to be recognised”, Lueth told Journalists.

Abyei’s resident Ngok Dinka community openly declared their intention to conduct a referendum on 31 October after members held a general conference in Abyei town last week.

African and international bodies have advised against taking unilateral action, saying the move could put the area at high risk of communal violence between the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya tribes who both claim ownership of the same region.

Lueth’s comments signal an apparent backflip on the issue, with South Sudan’s vice-president earlier this month declaring his government’s full support for a unilateral vote to determine the final status of Abyei, despite the failure to reach a deal with neighbouring Sudan.

In a statement on state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV), James Wani Igga maintained that South Sudan would stand with the people of Abyei.

“We will not give up, we will never surrender and we want to assure you that we will not let Abyei down. Never, ever will the government and [the] people of South Sudan turn their backs”, he said in the statement.

His remarks came after South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, wrote to the African Union Commission (AUC), saying he saw no possibility of reaching an understanding with Khartoum over the disputed region anytime soon, even if discussions continued for 100 years.

In the letter, Kiir urged the continental body to take complete responsibility over the impasse between the two countries.

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Edward Lino, head of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) branch office in the area, downplayed the government’s public statements, stressing that conducting a referendum vote in the area is the only way to resolve the dispute with Sudan.

“The only way to resolve this conflict is through referendum. The international community should now stand with the people of Abyei, who for decades have been subjected to suffering and killing but did not give up because they were hoping that the world would one day stand with me. This patience is no longer holding simply because the more people accept to wait, the more their condition gets worsened on the watch of the international community”, Lino said.

Luka Biong Deng, a senior member of South Sudan’s governing party, called on the people of Abyei not to let the government’s comments detract from their efforts for self-determination.

“Let us strengthen the morale of our people … Let the 31 of October draw the line between us and them. Let us learn from these things and be united”, said Deng on Wednesday.

Deng Mawien, a native of Northern Bahr el Ghazal living in Juba, said he was not surprised that the government had shied away from publicly standing with the people of Abyei in determining their destiny.

“I don’t think the people of Abyei should be surprised at the behaviour of this government. We saw this coming when we protested [at] the inclusion of 14 mile area in the safe demilitarised border zone (SDBD)”, Mawien said.

“People thought it was our problem and negative statements were uttered, including branding us as people who did not read well to understand the agreement. I hope that they are not telling the people of Abyei that they do not understand all the agreements related to the resolution of [the] Abyei conflict”, he added.

Meanwhile, a highly-anticipated summit held in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on Tuesday between Kiir and his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, ended without any concrete resolutions on the Abyei matter.

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) had urged the two leaders to use the summit as an opportunity to reach a consensus on the final status of the disputed oil-producing region.

However, in a joint communique issued after the meeting, both leaders said they had agreed only on the general terms for the administration and policing of Abyei.

A planned referendum on Abyei due to be held simultaneously with that of South Sudan in 2011, failed to take place after both countries failed to agree on who was eligible to participate in the vote.

Sudan insists that the nomadic Arab Misseriya tribe - many of whom enter the region to graze their cattle for part of the year - should be allowed to participate.

Juba, on the other hand, has backed a proposal by the head of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, recommending that only the Ngok Dinka permanently residing in the area be granted full voting rights in the plebiscite to decide whether they want to join Sudan or South Sudan.

During their meeting of 22 October in Juba, president Bashir and Kiir agreed to form Abyei interim institutions as provided in the agreement of 20 June 2011. However, no deal was announced on the divergences over the composition of the legislative council.

Khartoum demands that interim institutions be established in Abyei first before any vote takes place.

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  • 24 October 2013 06:34, by dude

    well, I feel sorry for the people of Abyie because their supporter is not supporting them. I feel your pain, and I am with you, but sadly I am not a president of South Sudan. I wish I can wear a cowboy hat but I do not wear because it will make me stupid. I have seen our president today, he looks like a little orphan who is disabled. I yelled at him. He did not reply and he kept looking at the red

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    • 24 October 2013 06:50, by omoni jr.

      Edward Lino said everything ,do not listen to KIIR and Albashir threats. gooooo Abyei God will protct you in case of anything happens.

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      • 24 October 2013 08:26, by Mi diit

        Coward opportunist Kiir has betrayed the people of Abyei. He has sacrificed them for friendship with Bashir so that Bashir supports his dictatorship with the oil money. Go ahead people of Abyei with your referendum. It is your right. Kiir and his thugs like Michael Makuei Lueth should not sell you for their leadership benefits. Conduct the referendum NOW!!!

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        • 24 October 2013 11:07, by R@in Deng

          Mi diit;
          Please you don’t know the police of South Sudan. All you words in Sudan tribune here are the words of childish.

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        • 24 October 2013 11:16, by Young

          YOU FOOLS DO EXPECT GOVERNMENT POLICIES DECLOSED TO YOU?NEVER...

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        • 24 October 2013 16:09, by Stephen kuach

          Guys.
          Stop throwing your blame on Makuei Lueth because he is not a decision maker,but he’s doing his job to please his boss eitherwise he can also loose his position,let us hope that Abyei shall comes to South someday.

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      • 24 October 2013 09:36, by Adok Wolu

        hoooooo, MINISTER Makuei Lueth has also drunk from the same Bar with his incompetent Kiir and came out with this dirty comments, i know only Jalaba and Dinka dominating SPLM/A can support this decision which was just spearheaded from Home and away Hotel after taking the most strongest whisky, Abyei communities must vote for their right.

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    • 24 October 2013 06:54, by dude

      rate which was passing by. The red rate was the Jalaba who came to Juba clothed in white uniform. He was caring a stick with convulsive teeth. He gave our president Kiir Mayardit a medicine to take to make him retarded. That was the reason why our president did not reply when I was Yelling Abyei, Abyei. He was just laughing at me with his yes closed.
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      • 24 October 2013 08:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Do you think your food loving poem will bring Abyei back? where do you collect this courage to be talking like this? where you not the same dogs who used to lived in the warehouse in the outskirt of Khartoum to evade war from the south?

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    • 24 October 2013 07:20, by Paul Chadrack

      those gangs who call themselves government of south sudan are no long a legitimate body in our our eyes south sudanese, we see them as group of thieves which need elimination any time.

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    • 24 October 2013 07:50, by Naath

      Tribalist I will not commented in away you see me all the time,my comments will be very simple ok.at the time we lost Dr Garang and Dr Riek is not replacement I have a feeling about the nation life my prediction becomes reality,true,we lost complete region we lost 10% of our land to north,now insecurity become another problem.southern still hopping year 2014,5 will be their year to turn things aro

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      • 24 October 2013 07:54, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Relax your ass down fool, you didn’t lost Dr John, we lost him, you lost nyagat Riek because we fired him, got the differences,
        All of you don’t get it, Do you? Just relax we where not born yesterday nor were you commenters were born two days ago, hope you got the message, only nyagat will not understood ke wecku, relax we know what is going on, just give your ass break and wait,

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        • 24 October 2013 08:19, by omoni jr.

          Dinka Dominate Shit.
          shut up son of a whore. what do you know mr. asshole fool??? you just runnung your ugly mouth here and there and as if you know anything in your uncle foolish government.

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        • 24 October 2013 08:20, by Mayom County Boy

          the matter is not because it was rejected
          look when will Abyie people will address all these points ?
          for coming referendum vote ?
          it is up to where they want to address it

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        • 24 October 2013 08:22, by dude

          Dinka orphan, You talk Just like your dump president who was laughing at Abyei with his eyes shut.

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        • 24 October 2013 10:04, by viper

          The presence of CDR Edward Lino indicates that the referendum will take place. Lino is a man of actions, not a man of words. Fellow country men and women, have you now seen Kiir? Is there any hope in him now for this country? The whole of this country will be sold by this innocent president. He has compromised Abyei for oil passage. Oh God bless south Sudan!

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        • 24 October 2013 16:29, by Naath

          Dominant, it become quite clearly that are not truly someone who have heart for this country, let me tell you this what happen 1984 until 1991is really bad for us at this stage where by everyone have a gun from every villages, do you think government of south can handled, do you think tribal war is simple like stealing money in juba or violations the right of people . think before you release

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        • 24 October 2013 16:56, by Naath

          Hopeless dominant, your uncle the illiterate president will create tribal war very soon I already feel it in my home town Akoba,and I have feelings some tribes will leave thier villages for good if your uncle is behaviour is not change in some month a head.my fear is this every tribes are already armed ready for clannis or clans war.right leave alone Nuer and Dinka you already see it in lake state

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          • 24 October 2013 17:18, by Naath

            Dominant,this is my prediction to word brainless kiir behavior.mulie and Naath will fight each,Dinka Bor v Murle .Bor v Naath,topposa tribe v Bor,lake state each other and v Naath too,all barhelgazel tribe v Naath unity state,all Equotoria v everyone in Juba,and if your ass trapped in juba you will stay for six to one year before rescue and if your k still alive he face tough judge and jail for li

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    • 24 October 2013 08:24, by Malou Manyiel

      What a government!!! From today on, I lost trust in our government, both in what they say and what they do. The president himself announced to release all Abyei’s citizens from various ministries they work for, and allow them to go to Abyei for referendum. Now it’s different story. It’s a pity to all of us, not only to people of Abyei.

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      • 24 October 2013 10:10, by viper

        Exactly malou. Why did he released them from civil services in the first place? This is the contradiction here. Kiir says what he has no clue of and do a different thing. Do we really have a government?. Edward Lino and Abyei youth should sacrifice their soul for their land since they are now betrayed at daylight by this innocent president.

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        • 24 October 2013 10:17, by viper

          Abyei youths should say no to this dumb president and proceed with that referendum. Rights are not always given. You fight to get your right. An independent is a result of so many sacrifices. Nationalist will join u in that war and those who are concerned about oil will just stay back. Long live cde Edward Lino Wuor Abyei. Long live the people of Abyei

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    • 24 October 2013 10:06, by Big Boy

      Dear Dude
      you’re right bro. what a complete shambles. The idiotic AU/Kiir experiment has taken Abyei, Darfur etc. to the brink of disaster and their recovery will take years. We need to put as much distance between us and this stupidity as possible with some urgency. Referendum Now in abyei!

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      • 24 October 2013 10:11, by Big Boy

        Cont.
        So as South Sudan and Sudan leaders come to Juba their crisis is less acute but the questions remain:how can the AU deliver growth, what further steps towards referendum of abyei are needed and what does solidarity mean in a return of states back to South? All of these questions will be argued over in the year ahead.after oil stop flow.unleast we see new leaders are coming-in.

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        • 24 October 2013 10:21, by Big Boy

          Those leaders they are cowadic to lay down the whole abyei peoples, Jonglei,and borders because of power and money to filed their pocket.but God ’ll protect them.and Dr riak and other leaders they are coming in instead of uncompetence Kiir with their wives cabinet Michael.

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  • 24 October 2013 06:39, by dude

    rate which was passing by. The red rate was the Jalaba who came to Juba clothed in white uniform. He was caring a stick with convulsive teeth. He gave our president Kiir Mayardit a medicine to take to make him retarded. That was the reason why our president did not reply when I was Yelling Abyei, Abyei. He was just laughing at me with his yes closed.

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  • 24 October 2013 06:39, by Rami Tot

    Abyei i support u going for unilateral referendum without Sudan because this deadline mapped by AUHIP 4 referendum in Abyei. leave about agreement of two dictators who has become allies that makuei lueth said Where will they go if the result is not recognised by both Sudan and South Sudan? Even if it has to be an independent state, it needs to be recognised”, Lueth told Journalists.

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    • 24 October 2013 06:58, by Amantiel Kem

      It is so sad that the country is being led by the fools and selfish individuals, where in the world can put such reckless comment on the fade of such contested area and yet the people of that particular area has invaluable contribution to the independence of this nation. Shame to the minister for reckless comments. Shame to the government headed by fools.

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      • 24 October 2013 07:07, by Amantiel Kem

        To all people of Abyei, please don’t be discouraged by that reckless minister, all South Sudanese are behind you, continue push for your quest for freedom and by God grace you will get it and all those detractors will go believe me or not.
        I’m so sure 99% of South Sudan population are ready to sacrifice anything the have for freedom of Abyei as you people did for the independence of the S. Sudan

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  • 24 October 2013 06:43, by Rami Tot

    shame on you makuei lueth you are giving Abyei with cheap price to Sudan you seem to fed up anxaust

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    • 24 October 2013 07:23, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Don’t blame Makuei, he only repeat what the government want him to say.

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  • 24 October 2013 06:46, by Malakal county Simon

    Not South Sudan as you put it, as whole. But Kiir himself, is the one who rejected Abyie unilateral referendum. People of Abyie should go back to Abyie area, to liberate it by war. If diplomacy bewteen two Sudans failed, to hold Abyie referendum this year. But i doubt it if people of Abyie are really ready, to face Messiriyas in Abyie war field.

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    • 24 October 2013 07:13, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      this people will be soon on the horn of dilemma, their land is pawn out for the running of our oil. either way they are going to lose, they better ask Kiir about his deal with Bashir and act quickily to avert any injustice. for they will be slaughter alone if they disobey what Juba said.

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  • 24 October 2013 07:37, by Joseph Canada

    President Kiir have failed the people of South Sudan. He is not interested in the suffering of the Abyei people. He care about his own life with new trained Presidential guard to protect him. He will use this to cancel the 2015 Election. am saying now and you will soon hear this. The nation is heading to dictatorial regime.

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    • 24 October 2013 07:52, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      All of you don’t get it, Do you? Just relax we where not born yesterday nor were you commenters were born two days ago, hope you got the message, only nyagat will not understood ke wecku, relax we know what is going on, just give your ass break and wait,

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  • 24 October 2013 07:47, by Jalaby

    To Dinka Ngok,,
    Your referendum is so funny! LOL! you guys like playing a soccer tournament and your Opponent team (Misseriya) decided not to show up and you determine to conduct the tournament at your court, while the other team is absent, under your crowd only and the main referee and all other referees sideline from your group too!!!

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    • 24 October 2013 08:00, by Jalaby

      Ironically,your local Union Soccer (S. government) decided from now not to recognize the result of the game, AU Soccer decided the same thing and FIFA itself said NO, so the goalkeeper of the other team is not there (empty),you can score as much as goals you can but no one will count them,why wasting your time and money guys?
      The money is oil stolen money by thief Deng Alor!!

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      • 24 October 2013 10:59, by viper

        The other team are intruders Jallaby. They were ruled out in 2009 by Hague court. Abyei has to play alone this time. We have seen the through betrayal of Kiir but nationalist from south Sudan will support the people of Abyei. The land belong to Ngok according to Hague pulling and there should be no need to waste time talking with terrorists. Killers of Kuol Adol should not set their feet on his tomb this time

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        • 24 October 2013 14:53, by Jalaby

          viper,
          Hague court ruled what? Abyei belongs to Dinka Ngok? Stop deluding people please!!
          Hauge court had one assignment, to determine where the border and area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms and never to determine whether Abyei belongs to Ngok or not!!
          The protocol of Abyei that came out of CPA stated clearly that Abyei referendum will determine the

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          • 24 October 2013 15:05, by Jalaby

            fate of Abyei whether north or south and now the dispute over who is eligible to vote?
            I believe you’re Dinka Ngok who grew and studied in the north, speak Arabic fluently and love to eat "Kessra be Waika" and now stabbing north from behind and determine to expel out Misseriya from their land despite you studied in their schools and shared with you their food and residence

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            • 24 October 2013 15:15, by Jalaby

              you exactly like your uncle Deng Alor (former name was Ahmed),he studied in Misseriya land,his primary school in Al-Mujlad,intermediate school in "Rejl Al-Fula" and Cairo University - Branch of Khartoum (Faculty of Art)!
              Ironically,Hague court removed the village that Deng Alor was born in from nine area of Ngok Dinka chiefdoms and that means he doesn’t belong to disputed Abyei

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              • 24 October 2013 15:21, by Jalaby

                area, he should shut up and keep himself silent, Mr. Kiir is determined to put him in jail anyway, Mr. Kiir knows he is thief since long time ago but now Deng Alor made it too much and upset Kiir, now Kiir decided to re-open his case of stealing oil money and put him in jail and get rid of him!!

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          • 24 October 2013 15:06, by Rommel

            Jalaby:
            You really are retarded. Do you not see the hapless contradictions inherent in what you’ve just said? You’ve conceded that the PCA’s mandate was to determine the area of the nine Ngok chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan as they were in 1905. The PCA achieved its mandate in 2009.

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            • 24 October 2013 15:10, by Rommel

              Abyei is defined by the Permanent Court of Arbitration as "the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905." The mandate of the PCA was to was "to define (i.e. delimit) on map the boundaries of the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905, based on the submissions of the Parties."

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              • 24 October 2013 15:12, by Rommel

                The PCA did precisely just that. The PCA determined that its delimitation of the Abyei area is correspondent with the area of the nine Ngok chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905. Anyone with a morsel of honesty, comprehension, reasoning and discernment perfectly understands that the land that was defined and delimited by the PCA is land that belongs to the Ngok Dinka...

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                • 24 October 2013 15:15, by Rommel

                  .. and not some nonsensical delimitation of land belonging to both communities. Khartoum and the Misseriya both argued before the ABC and the PCA to restrict the definition of the Abyei area as much as possible...

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                  • 24 October 2013 15:20, by Rommel

                    .. they achieved that objective — with a total of 15, 000 km2 being deducted and excluded from the Abyei area by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2009 from the area previously defined by the defunct Abyei boundary Commission in 2005. The 10, 000km2 of what the PCA determined as "the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905" is Abyei - land of the Ngok.

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                    • 24 October 2013 15:21, by Rommel

                      The Misseriya are not people of Abyei! The Misseriya reside in Muglad and Babanusa - north of Abyei. The Misseriya do not have any legitimate permanent settlements in Abyei. The Misseriya are transhumant; their traditional lands and permanent settlements are in Babanusa; the Misseriya are merely seasonal migrants, residing in Abyei for a derisory amount of time — four [4] months in a year.

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                      • 24 October 2013 15:23, by Rommel

                        I think I might keep repeating these FACTS until you and your ilk muster up the courage to challenge me with material evidence. Until then: The lands of the Misseriya are significantly to the far north-west — in Muglad and Babanussa; lands that they were able to appropriate from the Nuba at the time of their entrance into the Sudan just two centuries ago.

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      • 24 October 2013 11:03, by Big Boy

        I don’t know why you’re always denied yourself as northerner, why not if you accepted that I am Southerner instead, so that we’ll support any one of your comments you post-it here Mr. Jabaly.

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      • 24 October 2013 18:43, by Northern Sudanese

        HAHAHAA LOL JALABY THIS COMMENT JUST MADE MY DAY HAHAHAHA

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  • 24 October 2013 07:58, by Arhowdit

    Hi Makuei, you need to stop your stupid statement, you usually issue against people of S. Sudan, Shame on you, you did it to the people of N. Bahr el ghazal when you insult them that they aren’t capable of reading the agreement.Go to hell fool.

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    • 24 October 2013 08:24, by jijury

      I have been telling some of those Bahr Gazal Orpans that Salva has already sold Abyei’s land to the north, but some of you never believe me. Now Makuei Lueth just made everything clear 2 us thus If you still have doubts then something is really wrong with you. My adivse to people of Abyei is just go 2 your land and defend it some of us will join you. Besides, Dr. Riek fought and won the case.

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  • 24 October 2013 08:06, by Monyjang

    this guy call makuei he poop in his mouth all the time. why don,t you used the bathroom if you need to poop.

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  • 24 October 2013 08:23, by dude

    Fucken Jalaby, do not come here anymore or I will invade your Khartoum.

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    • 24 October 2013 08:49, by Akook

      Makuei Lueth is an idiot! Pls don’t you have a heart and a conscience to utter those good for nothing comments. Even if you know its what your boss wants, pls aren’t son of your own father become a wife to use, ..not a minister this dump pres Kiir?

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  • 24 October 2013 10:04, by WendeMajok

    Complaining would be a waste of time, president Kiir is ever doing the opposite of what the citizens want. Abyei might have been sold recently by few individuals in the previous oil deal. Abyei should be declared a country of its own however the photo herein doesn’t rhyme with the article, the journalist of this site should know that.

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  • 24 October 2013 10:55, by jijury

    The true enemies of South Sudan are:
    1.Salva Mayardit 2.Telar Ring 3.Abdon agau
    4.Makuei Lueth5. Kuol Mayang6.Benjamin Marial
    Those People not only stolen S.Sudan money but also gave Pantou 2 Jallaba and now Abyei.79 souls lost 2days ago Kiir didn’t visit the area, he was just entertaining Bashir in Juba.Kiir is always excited when meeting with Bashir, but never excited when meeting S.Sudanese.

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  • 24 October 2013 11:17, by Marco Bul

    Huh?? Kiir Mayardit has become errand boy for Bashir and AU.He is like a step son with his stepfather.His widowed mother is being fathered in his presence.His dead father’s wealth is being served to his mother’s new husband.When is he going to grow up to depend his father’s propety?? Oh oh God ....

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  • 24 October 2013 11:26, by Young

    THERE IS NO COUNRY THAT IS BUIT BY ABUSIVE WORDS AND ALL THOSE SORTS OF MISCHIEVES SHUT YOUR ASSES UP AND FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSES TO DO IT IS KIIR’S TIME AND FOR THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE WISE ENOUGH HELP YOU SELVES BEFORE TALKING NONSENSE.

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    • 24 October 2013 12:37, by Bentiu son

      Dear readers what a contradictions within Salva Kiir Administration? President Salva Kiir betrayed his VP President comedian James Wani Igga who say that Abyei Referendum will take place in October without failure.Hon James Wani Igga had been stabbed back publicly by his dictator boss.Moreover,Kiir sold Abyei people alive for exchange of his own country money to semi desert poor North Sudan lool

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      • 24 October 2013 13:29, by Malakal county Simon

        We will not give up, we will never surrender and we want to assure you that we will not let Abyei down. Never, ever will the government and [the] people of South Sudan turn their backs”, a statement said by Wani Igga (Vice President of South Sudan). Lol the story’s is on backflip side, due too much conflict of interest.

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  • 24 October 2013 14:01, by Gatluak

    What the fuck! Are these people mad or what? Salva Kiir Mayardit is from Dinka even near with Abyei. Is it being on the president seat that he is selling the land for or fearing fight with Bashiit? SPLA is very strong Amy this days because the majority of it are from warrior Nuer so why fearing Bashiit mother fucker?. I support Abyie people let them go ahead and we will see who will reject it.

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    • 24 October 2013 14:41, by Rommel

      Gatluak:
      The vast majority of the Nuer soldiers within our armed forces were Paulino Matip’s men; men that were absorbed and integrated into our armed forces in 2006. The SPLA was strong long before the Nuer returned in 2006.

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      • 24 October 2013 14:53, by Rommel

        Salva Kiir deserves to die for this betrayal. I hope he slowly -and quite painfully- chokes to death on his own cowardice, iniquity, incompetence and servility. What kind of a ’leader’ would forsaken his own people like this!? I think we may be the only country on earth in which a traitor is Sovereign.

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        • 24 October 2013 15:29, by Jalaby

          Mr. Rommel,
          Now Mr. Kiir deserves to die? LOOOOOOOOOL
          I really love to see you upset and frustrated lol lol.
          Sorry Mr. Rommel, the game is over, you lost Abyei, you young boy who use to read a lot of books and that’s why you’ve all this information and have excellent English fluent (reading, writing and speaking)! LOOOOL

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          • 24 October 2013 15:31, by Jalaby

            Enjoy this cartoon Dr. Rommel! LOOOOOOL

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            • 24 October 2013 15:57, by Rommel

              You’re absolutely right, Jallaby, I am upset and frustrated. Do you even know why? I am upset and frustrated because I am a man imbued with a conscience, principles, a sense of honor and convictions that will follow me like a phantom to my last breath. It is not a sign of weakness for a man of conscience to be overcome by righteous anger in the face of evil, betrayal and treachery...

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              • 24 October 2013 16:07, by Rommel

                .. it means that my humanity is intact. It means that I have not been reduced to your level as a people; it means that I won’t support a man guilty of murdering at least a quarter of a million people in Darfur alone. Do not belittle and mock sentiments like anger and frustration... because it is these sentiments [felt quite strongly] that will sweep away Salva Kiir with the force of a tsunami.

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                • 24 October 2013 16:11, by Rommel

                  You people [Sudanese Arabs] seem to have absolutely no problems with your government attacking, sequestering and occupying the lands of others. You have accepted the merits of an exclusionary theocratic State in the august company of genocide and State terrorism. You have given your blessings for Khartoum to invariably support Arab tribes in their expansionist wars of aggression against others.

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                  • 24 October 2013 16:14, by Rommel

                    As a people you don’t seem to have problems with any of these evils — and have had no problems with them for decades so long as the wealth of the peripheries was looted for the interest (s) and aggrandizement and comfort of the center… and as long as you can get affordable bread, meat, fuel and cooking oil..

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                    • 24 October 2013 16:26, by Rommel

                      ..there are no significant, large scale protests or any other genuine acts of resistance irrelated to these factors. Our two peoples are very different; your people make excuses for despots, whereas we resist such encroachments with our blood. We will not accept an evil man at the helm for decades.

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                      • 24 October 2013 16:29, by Rommel

                        Salva Kiir will not be our leader for much longer, so please enjoy his short sojourn in power. You people didn’t [and don’t] have the moral courage to remove the genocidal National Islamic Front from power... because it seems as long as you collectively get your sadomasochist g-spots thoroughly massaged — you’re content.

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                        • 24 October 2013 16:44, by Rommel

                          You seem to have (mis)calculated that since your leader could murder millions, arm Arab militias to help murder another quarter of a million more of your own people in Darfur, deprive you of your liberties and impose the will of a theocratic State... and still have your support... that Kiir will somehow also enjoy the same kind of unbridled power. He will not. His very life is in mortal danger.

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                          • 24 October 2013 16:47, by Rommel

                            Kiir’s entire government is in danger. I take refuge and consolation in the fact that *ALL* of them are unspeakably dumb as they are unbelievably corrupt... which will make it that much easier to remove these blind and dumb animals from the political arena. People like me will have their guts for garters.

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  • 24 October 2013 16:23, by Kim Deng

    Folks,
    The only remaining question is, are the people Abyei ready to confront the Baggara tribes in war field? I believe even if they go ahead and conduct that unilateral referendum on Abyei, the Abyie town will remain a "Ghost town."

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  • 24 October 2013 16:50, by Kim Deng

    Gatluak,
    "SPLA is very strong Amy this days because the majority of it are from warrior Nuer so why fearing Bashiit mother fucker?"
    So you want the Mighty Nuer Warriors to die on behalf of coward Jaang/Slaves who have been looting the Revenues of the country since 2005? For how long do you think the coward Jaang/Slaves can use the Mighty Nuer Warriors?

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    • 24 October 2013 16:58, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:
      How many times must I repeat the fact that the Nuer only returned in 2006!? The Dinka dominated SPLA was doing well long before you returned on the one year anniversary of this evanescent peace. If you want to stay out of the coming war with the North [just like the last two decades]... you are welcome to do precisely just that. Stay out of it.

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  • 24 October 2013 17:06, by Kim Deng

    Jang/Slave,
    There have been many separatists within the SPLA/M since 1983 who believed that Garang’s “New Sudan,” vision must be challenged within until their strategy yielded signal towards Garang’s “New Sudan,” vision in 1991 due to what we call “Nasir move,” the very blessing day for Southern Sudanese, the Nasir declaration of August 28, 1991 which got birth to “self-determination for South..

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  • 24 October 2013 17:07, by Kim Deng

    South Sudan” http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article27738 it divided the movement [SPLA/M] into two factions once again; the SPLA/M-Torit faction under the command of Mr. Marxist-Leninist Garang with his self-claimed “New Sudan/United Secular Sudan,” vision and the SPLM/A-Nasir faction under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon with his “self-determination for South Sudan."

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  • 24 October 2013 17:09, by Kim Deng

    Many areas including major towns: Torit, Kapoeta, Mading Bor … were recaptured and/or surrendered to the common enemy as a result of split. The remaining few garrisons and towns under the control of Torit faction were on the verge of panic of evacuation either to Uganda or Kenya refugees camps as well.

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  • 24 October 2013 17:11, by Kim Deng

    Garang’s forces should have been crushed/break down and/or chased up to Kenya/Uganda-Sudan borders if Dr. Riek was for military option rather than reconciliation through peaceful dialogues instead. Garang’s “New Sudan,” vision did not accomplish anything, but setbacks, chaos, death, subjugation by terror and epic conflicts. It was Garang’s ambition in war that compelled Nasir faction to take...

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  • 24 October 2013 17:13, by Kim Deng

    It was Garang’s ambition in war that compelled Nasir faction to take immediate retaliatory-military countermeasures. The burning questions are: What prompted Garang to be the first to ignite the fire which he could not extinguish? Did Garang’s SPLA/M have the political will and muscles to confront both the main enemy (NIF/NCP) and the separatists at the same time?

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    • 24 October 2013 17:24, by Rommel

      Arab slave:
      The Nasir Declaration was not what afforded South Sudan with Self-Determination. There are a great deal of historical facts that you seem to be ignorant of. There was for example the fact that on the 29th of July [one month prior to the Nasir Declaration], the SPLM/A had informed the Sudanese government that Self-Determination was to be discussed for the Abuja agenda.

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      • 24 October 2013 17:25, by Rommel

        This is confirmed by the works of scholars such as Ann Lech. Her book states on page 22: "the independence option was therefore included in the still-united SPLM’s proposal for the Abuja agenda that was submitted to Nigerian and Sudanese government on 29th July 1991".
        Page 22 - ’The Battle for Peace in Sudan: An Analysis of Abuja Conferences 1992 – 1993’.

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        • 24 October 2013 17:33, by Rommel

          Dr. John Garang’s Torit faction lost those towns primarily because they had to simultaneously fight against the North and certain tribal militias. Fighting against two adversaries at once is always difficult. Those towns were not lost just because the Nuer left.

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          • 24 October 2013 17:34, by Rommel

            You’re recounting the days of our military defeats with such pride as though the enemy’s military victories were your own. Pathetic! The SPLA was weakened not solely by Nuer dejection in the 1990s, but by other exigent circumstances. Your self-congratulatory rant regarding the execrable condition of the SPLA in the 1990’s, woefully ignores the important concurrent events of that time.

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            • 24 October 2013 17:35, by Rommel

              .. like the overthrow of Mengistu — our primary supplier of hardware, material and logistical support. Another exigent factor was your military alliance with Khartoum — an adversary with over a hundred thousand men, accompanied by bombers, jets, helicopter gunships and the tens of thousands of aligned militiamen from both the North and the South...

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              • 24 October 2013 17:36, by Rommel

                If you wish to indulge in the laughable fantasy in which you somehow inflicted this devastating blow all on your own, by either just leaving the SPLA or by assailing the SPLA... be my guest. Bravo, ’brother’! By all means ignore every other factor, in order to stroke your pathetic ego.

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  • 24 October 2013 17:36, by Kim Deng

    "The Nasir Declaration was not what afforded South Sudan with Self-Determination." As a result of Nasir move, Garang divorced and abandoned the alliance, called SPLA/M 1st National Convent at Chukudum in 1994 and the self-determination for South Sudan was the first agenda in that Convention. The movement changed from its former name SPLA/M as it was well-known back then to SPLM/A.

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    • 24 October 2013 17:42, by Rommel

      Arab slave:
      Historians have affirmed, that under Dr. John Garang, the independence option was there before the Nasir declaration. You don’t like the truth and prefer to make up reasons for believing in nonsense, so you continuously pretend not to understand a word I say. You’re just spinning in circles after yourself, as neurotic retards and diseased animals are prone to.

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  • 24 October 2013 17:37, by Kim Deng

    Garang put self-determination for South Sudan to be the first agenda/priority whenever there is a peace talks with Khartoum government and Garang himself eventually signed for it, the self-determination for people of Southern Sudan in CPA. Garang gave up his “New Sudan,” vision, a vision he always refers as a “vision of no-return.” This raised too many unsettling questions from his allies...

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  • 24 October 2013 17:37, by Kim Deng

    especially the inner circle of NDA, Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile who were oblivious and betrayed at the same time by his self-observed “New Sudan,” vision until they realized that Garang shamelessly made a U-turn which left them in illusion.

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    • 24 October 2013 17:44, by Rommel

      Arab slave:
      Historians have affirmed, that under Dr. John Garang, the independence option was there before the Nasir declaration. You don’t like the truth and prefer to make up reasons for believing in nonsense, so you continuously pretend not to understand a word I say. You’re just spinning in circles after yourself, as neurotic retards and diseased animals are prone to.

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  • 24 October 2013 17:53, by Kim Deng

    "Historians have affirmed, that under Dr. John Garang, the independence option was there before the Nasir declaration." Speaking from his underground rally in a message to his disciples, he declared that “the first bullet must be fired against the separatists as an attempt to impose his self-claimed “New Sudan,” vision on Southern Sudanese and hijacked the movement from its founders.

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    • 24 October 2013 18:01, by Rommel

      Arab slave:
      Look I am not interested in excerpts that you have scrounged together from articles written by your own tribesmen on the matter. It is quite simply irrelevant. You are a virulent Nuer Nationalist. I can’t even engage with you as a brother.

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  • 24 October 2013 18:16, by Uncle J

    How did illiterate people like Makuei Luez get into the government in the first place??? The statement he made wasn’t well thought through so it was just a statement from a layman and people of south Sudan should not pay attention to that. Who else that will stand with Abyei if not South? If that is the case then people of Abyei should stop fighting for the gorvt. That try to sell off its people

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  • 24 October 2013 23:41, by Angelo Achuil

    "South Sudan rejects" ? I don’t understand. The same gov’t promised unwavering support for Abyei earlier. Is this administration really listening to South Sudanese masses and the need to comply to their desire.

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    • 25 October 2013 04:43, by Uncle J

      May be Makuei Lueth got bribe by Khar-tomb government to make such fascinating statement on the press. It doesn’t connect to what Iggah said recently that S. Sudan government will always stand firm Abyei.

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  • 25 October 2013 04:46, by dude

    Sudan will be reunited according to the new meeting between Bashir and Salva. Sudan will never be the same again. IF you are from the South U can move to Sudan or port sudan to live there. If you are from the Sudan, you can live in the south freely. We are all Sudanese.

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  • 25 October 2013 08:10, by Abyei Propaganda

    GO TO HELL OR STAY IN SUDAN’S ABYEI. WE CAN’T CONTINUE LIVING IN CHAOTIC SOCIETY. NGOTO DINKA VOTE BUT DON’T IMPORT CHAOS TO SOUTH SUDAN. CHOAS LOVERS TO JOIN YOU IN ABYEI TO FIGHT WITH VOLTURES ABOUT DEAD ANIMALS OR BODIES.
    USELESS PEOPLE!

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