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Sudan dismisses results of Ngok Dinka referendum in Abyei

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October 31, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government downplayed the announcement on the results of the unilaterally-held referendum in the disputed border region of Abyei by the pro-South Sudan Ngok Dinka tribes calling it an "outcast".

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Ethnic group Ngok Dinka people celebrate with a South Sudanese flag in Juba on October 31, 2013, the results of an unofficial referendum of residents of contested region Abyei to decide if it lies in Sudan or South Sudan (WAAKHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

The outcome of the three day vote showed a near unanimous desire in favor of Abyei joining South Sudan.

But plans for the symbolic vote was rejected by Khartoum and Juba as well as the African Union (AU) amid concerns that the dispute will unravel the recent gains made in relations between the neighboring countries.

Abyei was scheduled to hold a referendum with that of South Sudan in January 2011 but was suspended because of disagreements between the two countries over who was eligible to participate in the vote.

In a bid to resolve the impasse, the AU mediation team proposed last year holding a referendum in Abyei this October, stipulating that only the Ngok Dinka permanently residing in the area would be allowed to take part in the plebiscite.

However, Sudan swiftly rejected the proposal, saying it ignored the eligibility of the nomadic Arab Misseriya tribesmen and argued that local government institutions must be established first before any vote can take place.

The co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) for the Sudanese side, Al-Khair Al-Faheem met today with 2nd Vice President al-Haj Adam Youssef to discuss the situation in the area following the unilateral referendum.

Al-Faheem told reporters afterwards that the vote carries little value as the Misseriya and even the Ngok Dinka rejected it and noted decisions of the AU and the United Nations Security Council rejecting unilateral measures in Abyei.

He hailed the position of Juba and the "rational" members of the Ngok Dinka and urged the Misseriya to exercise self restraint and underscored Khartoum’s commitment to implementing accords it signed.

The US-based Enough project issued a report on Friday urging Washington and the AU to take immediate action to help determine Abyei’s final status.

"The people of Abyei’s dreams have been deferred for too long. Unless the African Union makes it clear that it is willing to stand behind President [AU chief mediator] Mbeki’s proposal, violence could once again seize the region" Akshaya Kumar, Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst, and co-author of the report said.

Timothy May, Enough Project Field Researcher, and co-author of the report noted that Khartoum "already owes both the Ngok Dinka and the Misseriya 2% of the region’s oil revenues since 2005".

"While they might not agree on the area’s final status, both groups can work together to push Khartoum to turn over those funds, which could help develop their communities" May said.

John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-Founder, warned that the UN peacekeepers deployed in Abyei "cannot stay forever" adding that international community must use this moment to support a lasting resolution."

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  • 1 November 2013 08:03, by chuol

    WOW! Sudanese, you’re late! why are you except the defeated? When president Kiir and Omer sign 9 cooperation agreement last year they also agreed the Abyei ref? This meant your dismissal to the Abyei referendum is baseless.Why are you worries for Abyei to be the part of Sudan while you have big problem waiting you from US government that need to sanction your country?
    FORGET ABOUT ABYEI FAKE DEALE

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    • 1 November 2013 08:07, by Mi diit

      Who cares if occupiers in Khartoum don’t want to recognize the right of Ngok Dinka t return to South Sudan. Dinka Ngok and their friends in SPLM should move to step TWO, which is to mobilize South Sudan government and international community to accept the referendum result and recognize it.

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    • 1 November 2013 08:17, by Mayom County Boy

      this is what we need dinka Ngok can be
      incase for future need of life

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      • 1 November 2013 11:12, by Bilpam Land & Itang are Roots of South Sudan.

        Hahahaa those of Arabs they are Really Confused for Good strategy of Dr. Machar. please is to-late for you do Dismissing Unilaterally held referendum in Abyei . Abyei is gone to South Sudan for good strategy Planning from Dr. Machar now Abyei will recognizing very soon b/cs it’s the people of Abyei who are Votes that is the Regulation of CPA . According to CPA or Self determination in Naivaca Kenya if you are not understanding the way of People of Abyei did this unilateral Referendum you go back read CPA or Self determination Regulation that is all. let us all congratulation the people of Abyei for their successfully unilateral Referendum in Abyei both South and North there is No need for Messeria to votes for the Abyei Referendum any more if you Understanding the CPA you Read the Rule or Regulation of CPA in Kenya During 2005 Comprehensive peace agreement in Kenya . I Believing Abyei will not making two weeks without Recognizing whether you like or not Abyei is goone , welcome !Welcome ! Abyei to South Sudan and we are welcoming you for Peace and Development in our Nation.
        let us build this nation without Failed and we changing this Idiot primitive Illiterate Kiir together. the incompetence Kiir Mayardit we will defeating together and we will bringing our Future Leader Dr. Machar is the Right Leader in our Country for upcoming 2015 we believing that he will win.it is Really future leader to build our Nation for peace and development will stop Dirty Corruption,Murdered,Discrimination ,Tribalism in our nation .he will promoting Unity among his people in South Sudan to Promoting good Security to promoting good Cooperation of our Neighboring countries without Challenging to promoting good more Jobs of our Youth in our nation.to promoting our resources like good Agriculture and many more.

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    • 1 November 2013 08:17, by Mayom County Boy

      this is what we need dinka Ngok can be
      incase for future need of life

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      • 1 November 2013 20:03, by Peacocktail

        NGOK DINKA DO NOT CARE, THEY HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR OBLIGATION AS CITIZENS OF ABYEI. NO MORE REFERRUNDUM, AND IDSUCSSION MUST BASE ON OUTCOME THIS REFERRUNDUM. NO MORE AND NO MORE REFERRUNDUM, DO NOT ACCEPT AND COMMITME SUICIDE IN ABYEI. ABYEI RESULTS OYEEE, NGOK OYEE

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  • 1 November 2013 08:31, by Chol

    It’s Sudan own problem if they don’t want to accept Abyei’s people result in their own land! Sudan doesn’t know that Abyei’s people are Dinka and they have more in common with their own Dinka in South Sudan than black Arabs in Sudan! Abyei’s people didn’t vote in Omdurman to claim Omdurman as part of South Sudan but they voted in South Sudan to be South Sudanese.

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  • 1 November 2013 08:42, by Maguangdit

    Those terrorists who claim Ngok Dinka should remain in the North and they stole Abyei oil since 2005 without giving Ngok Dinka the %2 oil share are suck and doomed. The problem of Abyei was already solved by the Court in the Hague. This is just the implementation of the recommendation for referendum. Whether it means war or peace, it is over!.

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  • 1 November 2013 10:43, by Gatluak

    Bravo Abyei people the rest of Southern, we are behind you let a lone the stupid messages that Hon. Makuei being directed by his boss imcompetent Kiir mayardit and they are all Dinka as well. Shame of youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Kiir

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  • 1 November 2013 11:04, by white Army Commander

    This gona be a bullshit weakness of the South Sudan goverment which will result into disasterious WAR!!!
    Every living person have already know the weakness of South Sudan goverment/leadership.... We must fight with Khartoum which is the last step to resolve the problem of Abyei. There is no more AU, UN, IC or what ever......... all we need is a military mobilation for WAR!!!

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    • 1 November 2013 11:59, by Ming Dhal

      Stupid Sudanese gov’t. You just wait and see the results of the fucking sanction. This is time for South Sudan’s gov’t to respond as well. gov’t to gov’t, Messeriyia to Ngok Dinka and Public to public then war start. We need every actions this time. Fuck Jalaba.

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  • 1 November 2013 12:07, by Jur Tier

    Well done the people of Abiei!
    No one was in doubt that this would be the outcome. But Khartoum and Juba have shifted it from a pure exercise to a politcal toolbox. Thank you Dinka-ngook, it is up to the world now whether to let the society that has shown patience, for more than it were meant to, be robbed of its right or support it.
    Congratulation!!!

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  • 1 November 2013 12:10, by Konkooc

    if goverment of South Sudan want to loose Abyei because of oil then oil is unrenewable resource which will not last forever like land of Abyei
    Land of Abyei and its people will not finish like oil and most be maintained for generation to come not like oil that will get finish within 20 yrs but land of Abyei will be there till Jesus Come
    History will not forgive those who are against Abyei people

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  • 2 November 2013 00:13, by Aguj-raan

    South Sudanese citizens should come out this weekend and do a peaceful protest in front of the Presidential palace in Juba, and pressure President Kiir to recognize Abyie as a state, and immediately appoint a governor to Abyie and Kuol Manang needs to send one of the SPLA divisions to Abyie to take over Security and protect Abyie’s citizens, in case the Misserya try to do something stupid.

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  • 2 November 2013 04:10, by 4Justice

    Taking Back What The Enemy Has Stolen From You!

    It is the mandate that I believe God has given us to simply, “Take Back What The Enemy Has Stolen!”
    >
    Jesus said is John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;"

    The Lord spoke to us from the life of David as seen in I Samuel Chapter 30, who lost everything to the enemy from the city of Ziklag; they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”

    The Lord is telling us,stop crying every time the enemy attacks, calling for help all the time “enough is enough, know your power and position in me, Christ Jesus. I have conquered the enemy and I have put satan underneath your feet.”

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