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Official warns against looming Sudanese army attack in Abyei

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March 17, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan alleged on Monday that the Sudanese army (SAF) and their armed militia are planning to invade and take control of the contested border region of Abyei following repeated attempts to breach a buffer zone.

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An officer from the UN peacekeeping mission in Abyei (UNISFA) on patrol in the disputed region, claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan (AFP)

The head of South Sudanese appointed administration in Abyei said on Monday that "the government in Khartoum is behaving exactly the same way it was behaving when it invaded the area in 2011".

General Kuol Monyluak accused SAF of collaborating with elements of armed members of the Arab Misseriya tribe and allied militia under the command of Thomas Thiel in repeated attempts to cross the buffer zone created by the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

He said UN peacekeeping forces remained on high alert, having already foiled two attempts to attack the area from different directions over the past few days.

“They (SAF) came last week but they were repulsed. This is a clear violation of the agreement over the status of the area and the government of Sudan must accept responsibility for the consequences of what will happen,” he said.

Justice Deng Biong, a senior South Sudanese government official assigned the file of the Abyei area by president Salva Kiir Mayardit, also confirmed in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday that Sudanese forces had made two separate attempts to cross the buffer zone.

“They attempted about four days ago to cross the buffer zone from the west and east of Abyei but the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei foiled it,” he said.

Monyluak, who represents the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) in the area, slammed Sudan’s “unacceptable behaviour”, saying the people of Abyei would “never tolerate any attempt or threats to illegally occupy the area”.

POLITICAL PLOY

The official said statements by Khartoum about the presence of unspecified armed groups in the area were nothing more than a political ploy to cover up what is occurring on the ground.

“The officials in the government of Sudan behave like a child which bites the hand of another person and started to cry to draw the attention of the family before the victim of the bite responds. This is what they have been doing in Abyei. They attack, killed and then claim there are armed groups in Abyei,” said Monyluak, who claims the Sudanese army has been preventing supplies from reaching the area’s residents since 2011.

The attack on Abyei three years ago came just ahead of South Sudan’s secession from Sudan in July 2011, as part of a 2005 agreement between Khartoum and South Sudan’s rebel movement turned ruling party (SPLM).

Abyei is strategically important to both nations not only for its oil, but also for its fertile agricultural land. Much of the Sudan-South Sudan border is disputed and remains un-demarcated since South Sudan’s independence.

HISTORICAL DISAGREEMENT

Juba claims that Sudan is trying to forcefully settle members of the Khartoum-aligned Misseriya tribe in the hopes this would block any attempt by its Ngok Dinka residents to return the area to the South from where it was transferred to the Kordofan region in central Sudan in 1905 during the colonial era.

The status of Abyei was addressed in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), but a planned referendum to decide the future of the region never went ahead due to disagreement over who would be eligible to vote.

Khartoum wants the Misseriya, who enter the area with their cattle for part the year, to participate, whereas Juba maintains that under the deal only those permanently residing in the area are eligible to take part.

After waiting almost three years for agreement between Khartoum and Juba over their plebiscite the Southern-aligned Ngok Dinka held a unilateral vote in October last year in which they almost unanimously opted to join South Sudan.

The voting result was dismissed by Khartoum and downplayed in Juba as the South Sudanese government did not want to jeopardise its renewed ability to export its oil through Sudanese territory.

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  • 18 March 07:52, by omoni jr.

    your weak chief called Kiir refused to recognized the referendum held by Ngok and supervised by many international communities and called it illegal.
    Look what happened in Creamea,Ukrainian territory they held referendum yesterday and recognized by Russia without European and U.S Recognition, Salva kiir and his thugs let Abyei down.

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    • 18 March 09:01, by Sir King

      Dr. Riek Machar recognizes the Referendum of Abyei but a dump President Kiir refuses to recognize it. Look! I would like people of Abyei to join North Sudan peacefully because nothing is good in South Sudan under Kiir Mayardit.
      The guy is totally a curse to the nation. What a poor President in life. Instead of Recognizing Abyei referendum, he refused it because he fear his Husband, Bashir.

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      • 18 March 09:06, by Sir King

        - What is this world doing with Kiir really? Why don’t they help the citizens of South Sudan by getting rid of this dump man, drunkard, thickmanded, with dull advisors, dull vice President like him, lack of strategies, too much corruption, the nation of V8, GXR, TX, XXXX............... Look here! Even Obama does not use those kind of vehicles but a begger of USA, China, Russia, UK, France, Japan,e

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        • 18 March 09:10, by Sir King

          - etc is using such vehicles. All those countries who used to assist and finance our struggles for freedom to think twice and ask themselves to why they used their resources to help South Sudan, if the country they assisted is working against human right, involving in too much corruption and even try to cut off diplomatic ties with America, Israel, UK, France, Russia,etc because of dictatorship.

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          • 18 March 09:15, by Sir King

            - I am appealing to ISRAEL almighty to help us and get rid of Kiir Mayardit’s administration. We are tired of this man, and he is at the sametimes doing nothing.Oh! Where is God for us!

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            • 18 March 11:39, by Jalaby

              Sir King,
              My Goodness!! are you appealing for Israel to help you?!!! what? you lost hope on your US master and the rest of the west?!
              Believe me, you will never get any help from Israel other than shit and farting from their side! Enjoy it!!

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    • 18 March 11:47, by Jalaby

      Guys,
      Don’t be dumb idiot and know nothing about politics,yes,Machar had recognized Abyei referendum before and that because for the sake of the political situation at that time not because he believes in Abyei issue by itself,and for the sake of politics again,now he doesn’t recognize Abyei referendum and becomes deaf as if never heard it!

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      • 18 March 11:53, by Jalaby

        Machar is trying his best to convince Khartoum of supporting him and providing him with weapons and food that he desperately needs,if not then at least keeps Khartoum neutral and not attacking him from behind because his back is nothing but putting it on Arab/Jalaba wall!
        You will never hear him mentioning Abyei again and if he does then he will say it’s north! LOL

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        • 18 March 13:53, by Mi diit

          Jalaby,
          You seem to read Bashir’s mind and therefore speak for Khartoum. Now tell me, what will Khartoum do when Machar controls the oilfields, the lifeline for Khartoum? Will Khartoum not run to Machar for a deal? I guess it is premature to know who will start running to who. It is a mutual benefit for both parties.

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  • 18 March 08:07, by Mr Point

    The Abyei area is not of any interest to Kiir. Too many of the Garang boys come from Abyei.
    Do you remember that Kiir was Vice President of Sudan in 2008. He took immediate action when the JEM attacked Khartoum.
    He did nothing when the SAF and Brigade 32 attacked Abyei in the same month.

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    • 18 March 08:37, by Akook

      Kiir already & openly made a scandalous treason by secretly secretly giving Abyei lands to the Arabs. It’s an open secret! A big scandal where if it was not South Sudan but other nations with reasoning abilities, Kiir would have as a result been forced out of office becouse of this! But it is S Sudan where he is up to sale or kill as much as he can create nonsensical excuse and we fools buy into i

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      • 18 March 10:12, by Darkangel

        Please tell your illiterate soldier Monyluak & fool Justice Biong that no one is listening to your kid bites hand stories anymore. The world is watching ! UNISFA has already submitted a report on the SPLA Dinka Ngok boys trying to cause mischief. It isnt the GOS or SAF claiming 660 SPLA are in Abyie causing trouble but UNISFA. Enough project Zionist Sudan-hating org has published it already -

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        • 18 March 10:14, by Darkangel

          Armed youth and dissatisfied cadres within the South Sudanese army in the area seem to be interested in provoking a confrontation, both with the Misseriya community and the Sudanese government. Unaddressed anger around the South Sudan’s lukewarm response to the October 2013 referendum vote and the Ngok Dinka paramount chief’s killing has
          emboldened local armed actors Armed groups aligned -

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          • 18 March 10:16, by Darkangel

            with South Sudan are increasingly moving to the northern parts of the area, actively confronting nomads and challenging the seasonal migration of the Misseriya
            community. In response to dramatically shifting realities on the ground as a result of South Sudan’s internal war, some in Abyei may be interested in instigating violence to attract international attention to the area’s unresolved status.

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            • 18 March 10:16, by Darkangel
              • 18 March 10:19, by Darkangel

                In their recent report,UNISFA noted the presence of around 660 military elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the South Sudan National Police Service, including more than 300 in Maker Abior, 100 in Noong, 75 in Leu, 70 in Dungop, 69 in Marial Achak, and 50 in Tejalei, all of which lie along the Misseriya migration corridor.

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                • 18 March 19:29, by Rommel

                  Darkangel:
                  Let me get this straight... You assassinated the Paramount Chief of the Ngok and are assisting the Misseriya in their efforts to occupy the northern part of Abyei, and you think you can label and accuse the Ngok of ’mischief’ when they push-back!?

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                  • 18 March 19:32, by Rommel

                    The Ngok are obligated -under international law- to respect the grazing rights of the Misseriya; they are not, however, obligated to give up their land. This is the source of the tension. Abyei is defined by the Abyei protocol and the Permanent Court of Arbitration as "the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905." What part of this do you not understand?

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                    • 18 March 19:45, by Rommel

                      The PCA’s mandate according the PCA 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." Allow me to repeat that: The mandate of the PCA was to determine the area of the nine *Ngok chiefdoms* transferred to Kordofan as they were in 1905...

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                      • 18 March 19:46, by Rommel

                        ..The PCA did precisely just that. It 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 solely and entirely to the Ngok.

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                        • 18 March 19:49, by Rommel

                          The only thing preventing peace right now is your refusal to allow the Ngok to decide their future in accordance with the PCA ruling. You rejected the 2009 PCA ruling on Abyei and the most recent AU proposal on the matter... And now you want to bespatter the prominent sons of Abyei with the charge of eschewing peace and of war-mongering? You’re hilarious.

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                          • 18 March 19:50, by Rommel

                            Who wants war here!? Who’s to blame here? Is it the side that immediately accepted the *final and binding* ruling on Abyei by the PCA? Or is it the side that has displayed and demonstrated absolute disregard for each and every peaceful attempt at resolving this dispute by rejecting the PCA ruling and every other subsequent attempt at resolving this!?

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  • 18 March 12:10, by Jalaby

    Although it was said "hitting on the already dead body is HARAM" and SPLA is a dead body but we left with no choice but to claim our land back, let SPLA and Dinka Ngok bring Ugandan troop or hire African mercenaries from neighboring countries to defend Abyei on behalf of them as they usually do!
    Enough is enough, we are on our way to bring back Abyei to motherland!

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  • 18 March 15:07, by Kim Deng

    The arabized Nubian gov’t (NIF/NCP) in Khartoum will take Abyie no matter what because the Mighty Nuer Warriors who can face them are now busy burning down Dinka Kingdom to ashes.

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    • 18 March 19:12, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:
      Your contribution after 1991 is so small, so comical and so UN-noteworthy that it’s almost undignified to speak of it. The SPLA recovered in 1995, and was having battlefield successes, without you. You were nowhere to be seen when we captured Achwa, Magwi, Yei, Kapoeta, Torit, Kurmuk, Kor, Yabu, Zanziber, Gogrial, Rumbek, Tonj, Aweil and many others.

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