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S. Sudan accuses Sudan of carrying out deadly attack in Abyei

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March 21, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has accused the government of neighbouring Sudan with which it contests the ownership of the oil-producing region of Abyei of carrying out a deadly attack on Friday.

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UN peacekeepers patrol the streets of Abyei town in the contested oil-producing area claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan (Photo: UNMIS/Stuart Price)

Two people were killed and three other injured during the attack, which occurred in the Nyincuor area on Friday morning, Deng Biong, a government official assigned Abyei file by South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview.

Biong said authorities are yet to determine who carried out the attack, although it is believed Sudan is behind it.

Biong revealed that United Nations Interim force for Abyei (UNISFA) had been alerted by community members of the looming attack, but had failed to deploy peace keeping forces to the area in advance.

“Actually UNISFA accepted in principle to deploy, unfortunately we do not know what happened that they could not deploy until the area was attacked despite being notified in advance,” Biong said.

South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer said armed elements loyal to the government in Khartoum had been carrying out attacks in the area since the former withdrew in compliance with a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution demanding immediate pulling out of all armed forces in accordance with the 20 June 2011 agreement on the area.

Aguer has denied allegations by Khartoum and the UN that SPLA forces are present in Abyei.

“The SPLA forces have no presence in Abyei. We have said this time and again. Our forces never returned to Abyei area after withdrawal in 2011,” he said.

“It is the Misseriya [tribe] with some armed elements and militia group loyal to the government in Sudan which has been carrying out the attack in the area. Their presence in the area illegally is justified by the killing of the paramount chief of the Ngok Dinka,” he added.

General Kuol Monyluak, head of the South Sudan supported local administration, has also confirmed the attack.

The government of Sudan is working to invade the area once again through such attacks and killing of innocent civilians yet the international community is keeping silence,” Monyluak said on Friday.

He said community members remained determined to remain in their ancestral areas despite attempts by the Sudanese government to terrorise them with regular attacks on their settlements.

“Our people have not fled. The young people are in the area. They are fully determined to remain there despite these threats by the government of Sudan. They have refused to run way because this is where our ancestors were born and grew up,” Monyluak said.

Aguer said it completely unacceptable for Sudan to use force in order to change the demographics of the area, calling on the international community to give more attention to the issue.

UN REPORT

In a report to the UN Security Council , the secretary general Ban Ki-moon, said the inter South Sudanese conflict led to the increase of tensions between Dinka and Misseriya during the “already tense period of annual migration“.

The report also mentioned the presence of unauthorised armed elements from the Sudanese and south Sudanese sides stressing that it constitutes a violations of the 20 June 2011 Agreement.

“The Sudan Oil Police continued to maintain approximately 120 to 150 personnel inside the Diffra oil complex in the northern Abyei Area,” the report says.

“UNISFA observed the presence of around 660 military elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the South Sudan National Police Service,” which arrived during the organisation of the unilateral referendum organised by the Ngok Dinka community last year.

The SPLA and National Police Service elements informed UNISFA that they had been ordered to remain deployed in the area after the completion of the unilateral referendum. However, the report said their continued presence “poses serious security risks to Misseriya nomads migrating through the area”.

Armed elements from Misseriya and Ngok Dinka tribes clashed on Saturday 1st March in Laki Al-Abiad area in north Abyei. At least 10 Arab Misseriya tribesmen were killed and 20 others injured.

On 3 March, the Sudanese co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC), Al-Khair Al-Fahim, briefed Sudan’s first vice-president, Bakri Hassan Salih, on the conditions in the region and called South Sudan government to withdraw its forces to the south of the 1956 border line.

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  • 22 March 12:16, by Axiox

    Many of those soldiers died in transport due to the long commute time brought by the lack of paved roads. I find that ironic that Miss Nyandeng De Mabior allied herself with these rebels under the pretense of change when she herself was the Minster of Roads & transport. What type of change can such individuals bring now when they had free reign to do so in the government?

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  • 22 March 14:22, by Altruistic

    Axiox, I couldn’t agree more with your comment, if you look at those who are in opposition and rebels they were in the government but they did not do anything for the people of South Sudan but they enriched themselves.

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  • 22 March 15:21, by Altruistic

    Khartoum is trying to invade and imitated what Russia did in Crimea to proclaimed part of Ukraine to its territory because of the crisis that was happening in the country. So they saw an opportunity there to go in and grip it. But the case of Crimea is different than Abyei, Russia have the support of the people of Crimea that they wanted to be part of Russia. In contrast to Abyei, where the people

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    • 22 March 16:30, by Altruistic

      Continue - where the people of Abyei have made up their mind and decided to be part of South Sudan.

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  • 23 March 04:00, by tootke’bai-ngo

    Attrusic,
    Abyeians voted last year with a clear voice, the all world waited for government of s.sudan to recognize the overwhelming free opinion by Abyeians to return home.
    Unfortunately Kirk chose oil money instead of saving lives, there will be no goog for any one either in south or in Abyei international area unless vision less Kiir step down.

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    • 23 March 05:53, by Akook

      Abyei clearly voted to join South Sudan, they cried for South Sudan to accept them! Kiir refused them, who does any reasonable mind they belong as their voice got turned down? Its of course Sudan! Abyei better stop noise and except realities of having sold alives. Sudan is your country now!. Accept realities of living in the Sudan or fight for change there like Malik Agar and Yasser Arman

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    • 23 March 06:46, by Naath

      Tooteko, can you please remember when Dr machar said let us recognized Byie as new state and joint south sudan,and confuse, hopeless and educated stupid president turned down because of Dr machar first recognize people of Abyie.now hopeless president come out from hole and talk shit, the Abyie land will take some years to be our again as long as hopeless still in power no Abyie.

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    • 23 March 10:17, by Altruistic

      tootke’bai-ngo, it is unfortunate Kiir chose oil money over the land. one day there will be a different leadership in S.Sudan, which will stand up with the people Abyei and bring back Abyei to where it belong.

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