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Abyei is a Sudanese territory, Ghandour says


January 3, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - In response to statements by the South Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor, his Sudanese counterpart Ibrahim Ghandour said that the disputed Abyei area belongs to Sudan.

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A man waves a South Sudanese flag as he celebrates the results of the referendum in Abyei on 31 October 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Ghandour was responding to press statements by South Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor who was in Khartoum during the week end.

During a visit to Khartoum during the week end Alor who is a son of Abyei told Al-Jareeda that Abyei belongs to South Sudan.

"Abyei is a Sudanese territory and the issue is resolved by the decisions of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the African Union," Ghandour said in statements to the press at the National Assembly in Omdurman.

He further pointed to the protocol of Abyei in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which paved the way for the South Sudan independence.

The CPA provides that the contested territory remains part of the north until the organization of a referendum determine its fate.

The difference over who will participate in the referendum prevents the two countries from holding the agreed referendum.

However, the Dinka Ngok organized a three-day unilateral referendum from 27-29 October 2013 to say they want to join the Republic of South Sudan.

Khartoum, Juba, the African Union and the international community refused to recognize the outcome of the vote.

During the electoral campaign for the presidential election in March 2015, the candidate of the ruling National Congress Party (President Omer al-Bashir told a rally in Al-Foula, capital of West Kordofan State that Abyei area belongs to Sudan and will remain a Sudanese territory.


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  • 4 January 08:58, by doot

    "Abyei is a Sudanese territory". This sounds like a lie from school dropout fool. Abyei is a parcel and part of south Sudan. Khartoum is not a south Sudanese territory.

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    • 4 January 10:15, by jubaone

      Who cares after all for Abyei MTNs? Abyei is Sudanese and those jienges like Deng Alor should just quit as foreign minister and go back to his jellaba masters. By the way, tell these mathiang anyor scoundrels to go and liberate Abyei instead of raping teenage and old women, killing innocent civilians. Cowards.

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      • 4 January 10:19, by Mopedi

        Are you not aware that Matiang anyoor is finished that is why Malong is quiet this days

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      • 4 January 11:32, by Kush Natives


        I think we should sometime needs to discuss things, so that we have an idea about how the world system is operating or look like, instead of just being shallow brain. What will be the big deal, if Abyei goes to Khartoum today? "Abyei is a Sudanese territory, Ghandour says" Who’s Ghandour to make you dance about an Abyei issue?

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        • 5 January 06:25, by Gatluak jal

          Mopedi, Jubaone, Doot and Naath, when I read you what you guy posted, I learnt that Dr. Rick followers are just a bunch of tribalistic individuals and that is how I can describe you guy. if president is from Dinka, that doesn’t mean that country is belong to Dinka. South Sudan belong to all of as.

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  • 4 January 13:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    As long as you continue stealing from Government coffers, looting citizens properties, murder South Sudanese for their stand for truth, Dinka should be certain that Abyei is gone. Instead of building a cohesive country, you work to destroy it. How can you confront Jallaba with disunity in the nation?

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    • 4 January 16:42, by Kush Natives

      That’s why Dinka will rule this country for life! How can you talk for the country that you betrays day and night? Why should we early talk of Abyei, while Gambella is gone for good? Abyei is still under CPA as a disputes area. Therefore, there’s always an option that Abyei come back to South Sudan in the near future. I urge you to maybe have an ideals before jumping on to your tiny keyboard.

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  • 4 January 15:48, by Naath

    The real nation’s foreign minister, sent a clear message to a Dinka’s tribal foreign minister and his Dinka’s tribal chief Kiir. Instead of rapping, burning housing, and killing South Sudanese civilians’ day and night, take your Dinka’s territory back from Sudan.

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  • 4 January 20:50, by king kush

    What’s going on board Administration juban1 call the entire community of Dinka MTN and it’s alright but when I call him one individual the B word you delete my comment what kind of double standard is that.? The guy has been very disrespectful to the entire tribe and yet it’s all good you guys need to check him. Otherwise let me see what I need to say.

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    • 4 January 20:57, by king kush

      The board Administration only Grant freedom of speech to none Dinka we’re being verbally assaulted but your administration think it’s okay you guys want us to give up power so you can just do whatever that you guys planning to do (F) that, kiir roule forever.

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  • 4 January 21:40, by Ssam

    I don’t know what you are crying about. Ghandour is right. Legally according to CPA Abyei is Sudanese territory until a referendum is completed to determine otherwise. Just because Dinka Njok live there doesn’t make it automatically S.Sudan territory. Like crimea, was Ukraines until Russia took it back by force because Russians lived there. I doubt S.Sudan would dare take Abyei by force now/ever

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