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Khartoum negotiating teams say Abyei is Sudanese territory


August 14, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese delegation for the talks on the Abyei area Monday said they will focus on the need for a peaceful coexistence between the communities there, stressing that the border disputed area remains a Sudanese territory.

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The Misseriya staged a protest against an African Union-backed proposal that excluded them from participating in a referendum on the future of Abyei outside the UN and AU headquarters in Khartoum on 28 November 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) organise two-day meetings on 16 and 17 August in Addis Ababa for The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) and the traditional leaders from the Ngok-Dinka and Misseriya communities.

The meetings come after a resolution last May by the UN Security Council demanding both parties to establish Abyei Area Administration and police force. Also, it urged to resume talks on the final status of Abyei under the auspices of the AUHIP.

In preparation for this meeting, the Sudanese delegations for the talks chaired by Hassan Ali Nimir held a meeting on Monday with the Sudanese Presidential Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid to coordinate the positions they would defend in the upcoming talks.

Speaking after the meeting, Nimir who is also the head of the Sudanese side in the AJOC told reporters that the delegation received clear directives from the presidency to insist on the fact that Abyei remains a Sudanese territory, in addition to the need for peaceful coexistence to create the necessary conditions for its development.

"This vision is what we hold to the other party with the emphasis that (Abyei) is a Sudanese region that cannot be conceded to a specific ethnic group. Also, its wealth is for every Sudanese who have the right to enjoy it because it is Sudanese land," he said according to the official news agency SUNA.

In line with the Abyei protocol which is part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that led to South Sudan separation in 2011, Abyei remains part of Sudan until a referendum has taken place. Also, the 2005 peace agreement provides that the residents of the disputed area of Abyei have to decide in a referendum if they want to remain part of the Sudan or join South Sudan.

But, the failure to reach an agreement over who is a resident of Abyei blocks the vote on the fate of the contested region.

A month before the vote for South Sudan independence, Khartoum and Juba agreed on 20 June 2011 to re-conduct a joint administration until the organisation of a referendum.

However, the Ngok Dinka refuse this solution saying the priority should be given to a popular consultation without the participation of the Sudanese Messeriya nomads, a matter that the Sudanese government rejects.


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  • 15 August 10:56, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan should not allow itself to be baited into war at this juncture when the SPLA-IO is being defeated. Kill IO menace first and leave the current status in Abyei the way it is. Sudan knows that SPLA-IO is crumbling and this will deny it war ally number one in South Sudan and that is why bringing up Abyei now. No. No negotiation now but in 2019.

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    • 15 August 16:47, by jubaone

      Lenin Bull,
      Send your cowardly SPLAnyors to defend Abyei instead of letting them to go around raping innocent women and terrorizing civilians. No Equtorians nor Nuers will waste their time in helping jienges defend Abyei. Afterall, many Abyei jienges have decided to go to their jellaba masters, who cares? Abyei is Sudanese period. Let them go!

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  • 15 August 11:01, by Lenin Bull

    Unless if the government in Juba comprised of nincompoops to accept to go for Abyei issue at this time. The Sudan is going to provoke controversy in the course of the talks and start fighting in Abyei. Then inside South Sudan territory IO will start their operations too. Deal with SPLA-IO first and finish it. This will Sudan with no traitors inside South Sudan and even if it opts for war

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  • 15 August 11:07, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan will go into that last war with a safe rear and will be at a vantage point to beat flat Sudan in the battle field. SPLA-N, SLM_W, JEM, BC, still active in Sudan can coordinate with us in case Sudan use SPLA-IO and Dr.Lam Akol’s NDM in that mother of all battle. NO ABYEI TALKS NOW PLEASE BUT in 2019.

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  • 15 August 13:51, by lou nuer

    Sudan has declared it clearly that Abyei is Sudan territory. What next from South Sudan?

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  • 15 August 14:10, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Yes, of course, Sudan government is right because South Sudan is not serious to Abyei as its territory.
    But Sudan will face serious war shortly with South Sudan unless they allow Abyei referendum result to make choice.

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  • 15 August 21:23, by Majesty

    Sudan will let Abyei go same way they let South Sudan go after dying in vain. Real threat is lack of confident leader in South Sudan, Abyei issue must wait.

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  • 16 August 07:34, by Lenin Bull

    Beloved Majesty, thank you for your wise opinion. Abyei talks must wait. We have something to do first in South Sudan. What is all this hurry about ? Mind you he who sets the agenda carries the day. It is Sudan government now calling for Abyei talks when it has been refusing for many years!! Please, someone must take our message to President Salva Kiir, " No Abyei talks now but in 2019."

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  • 16 August 07:40, by Lenin Bull

    The UN Security Council, and African Union have extended the mandate of UNISFA in Abyei for another one year and will continue to maintain peace and security there which is good for South Sudan as it will give it time to deal with NGUNDAENG uprising first and after quelling it, then it turn its focus on Khartoum menaces in Abyei, Kiir Adem, Kafia Kingi, Jebelen, and Heglig/Panthou.

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