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August 21, 2017 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - South Sudanese government said on Monday it declined to dispatch a team to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for an African Union-brokered meeting on the disputed area of Abyei, citing the lack of clear agenda.

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A man holds up his finger after voting in a referendum in Abyei on the border of Sudan and South Sudan on October 28, 2013 (ALI NGETHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) called on the Sudanese and South Sudanese members of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) for a meeting on 16 August. Also, another meeting for the traditional leaders from the Ngok-Dinka and Misseriya communities had to take place on 17 August.

A delegation from the from the African Union, United Nations and the UN Security Council was in Khartoum on 10 August to discuss the need for an agreement on Abyei joint administration and the implementation of the joint border patrols which should be supported by United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

However, the head of the Sudanese side of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) Hassan Ali Nimir Sunday disclosed the cancellation of the meeting, saying that the South Sudanese side didn’t travel to the meeting which had to take place in Addis Ababa.

Reached by Sudan Tribune to explain the position of his government over the meeting, South Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor Kuol said their delegation could not take part in the meeting because of administrative and logistical issues.

"Our team could not travel because of few issues which needed to have been sorted out first. They are administrative and logistical matters," he said on Monday

"Also the agenda of the meeting required the inputs from both parties. So there are now consultations between the parties through the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel,” further said Minister Kuol who is a native of the disputed area.

In Khartoum, Nimir said he was disappointed by the repeated absence of the South Sudanese side from the Abyei meetings, saying: "We hope that this is not the approach of the South Sudan committee because that will not lead to cooperation with each other".

The Misseriya leading figure called on the South Sudanese side of AJOC and the Ngok Dinka leadership to own the process and take their decisions in an independent manner in order lay down the foundations of peaceful coexistence in the contested areas.

The South Sudan appointed Abyei Chief Administrator Kuol Alor Kuol told Sudan Tribune in a separate interview on Monday that the failure of the parties to establish an administration in the area, define the borders, and satisfy obligations related to security, the distribution of wealth, delivery of basic services, and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees was becoming a major concern. He further stressed that the Ngok Dinka are more interested in a referendum to determine the fate of the region.

“The concern now is that people are getting worried about the future of the area and they are asking us the leaders about what the two parties are doing, especially the conduct of the community referendum which clearly reflected the will of the people. They overwhelmingly voted in favour of returning to the South. This is in line with the provision of the CPA (Comprehensive Peace Agreement), said Kuol who is the AJOC co-chairman from the South Sudanese side.

"The international community should actually have recognized the result. But now it seems that there is a serious perception of disengagement by the international community on Abyei," said Kuol.

He was referring to a unilateral referendum organised the Ngok Dinka community of Abyei in October 2013 without the participation of the Misseriya community and without the support of Khartoum and Juba0 Also, the international community didn’t recognise the outcome of the vote.

In a similar trend, Nyuol Paguot, the leader of one of the nine Ngok chiefdoms, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that local people reject the formation of joint administrative bodies in Abyei with the Sudanese Misseriya, citing lack of common grounds and past previous experiences.

“The African Union which has been handling the issue between the two parties should not ignore the view of the people of Abyei. If they really want the two countries to live in peace, they (The African Union and the international community) should recognise the outcome of the (unilateral) referendum,” said Paguot.

On 15 May, the 15-member body adopted resolution 2352, renewing the mandate of UNISFA until 15 November and to warned that it would withdraw its support for the joint border monitoring force if the two countries continue to refuse the formation of the joint border patrols.

The Sudanese side says ready for the implementation of the two measures, pointing an accusing figure at the South Sudanese sides saying they obstruct the joint administration and the implementation of the security arrangements agreed in September 2012.

The failure of the parties to agree on who is a resident of the disputed area and has the right the participate in the self-determination vote has prevented the organisation of a referendum on the permanent status of Abyei: remaining part of the Sudan or joining The South Sudan.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the international community feels that time is not opportune for a new initiative not only because of the positions of the two parties but also because of the civil war in the South Sudan.

The joint administration was seen as a temporary situation to ensure security and provide the local population with the needed services. However since the eruption of the South Sudanese crisis, many Ngok Dinka issue Sudanese ID cards and go to the West Kordofan schools and hospitals.

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  • 21 August 21:23, by Kush Natives

    I don’t think Khartoum has got a brain to thought thing out! Hey would they bother South Sudan government? Abyei did voted in the past inline with the CPA1, yet their right was disowned by the very regime in Khartoum. The question now is that, what’s up with Khartoum now? Is there’s anything else behind the motive?

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  • 22 August 03:35, by john akeen

    Abyei-Kafia Kingi-llemi Triangle and Panthou those territories are belongs to South Sudanese stats. Ethiopians they have agreed that llemi Triangle is South Sudanese territory,but Kenyans wants to claim it as theirs, anyways we have a witness on llemi Triangle, what about Abyei-Kafia Kingi and Panthou, do we have witness on those stats? Abyei people they made it clear to the world>>

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    • 22 August 04:03, by john akeen

      by saying that they are South Sudanese, by vote, by talk, by culture, or even by anything, they are South Sudanese people and ABYEI STATE IT’S THEIR STATE. "Now" we are not ready to talk a serious talk about those areas yet, because we are talking on how to bring peace among ourselves,plus we have brothers and sisters in our country that who are lost in the bushes, after that, we will come back

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      • 22 August 04:26, by john akeen

        to talk about our brothers that we have left behind, on the talk day, we and yall can speak any language, anyway my last word to you is to respect our brothers votes. Free Abyei now not later, and also Kafia Kingi and Panthou must be free too

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      • 22 August 07:03, by Kuch

        "plus we have brothers and sisters in our country that who are lost in the bushes, after that, we will come back"
        Mr.John Akeen,
        you put a smile on my face with that line of yours brother. Indeed, we have some of our brothers still lost in our South Sudan’s jungle but will come back out & join their brothers & sisters some of these days>>>

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        • 22 August 07:11, by Kuch

          now that their Riek Machar sociopath aimless armed rebellion has been squashed. Mr. Akeen, you know the popular saying that says "a divided house cannot stand"? Mr. John Akeen, we have not got rid of our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan on our backs brother. Our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan have wedged their evil roots into our country & they have a lot support from the UK, the UK>>>

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          • 22 August 07:31, by Kuch

            the US, their gulf Arab states & some criminals in the UN than us Mr. John Akeen. "Divide & conquer" is what is being used by our enemies some of these days brother. Who says all the white people like black people? Some of our *Nuers, Shilluks & some Equatorians* were used by these cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan to bully the SPLA during our genuine war of independence & again>>>

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            • 22 August 07:45, by Kuch

              the same South Sudanese who were used by our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan to almost destroy our country through their Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirilo or Majak Agoot; with their regime change business of the government of South Sudan. But when their damn *regime change business was frustrated*, then their foreign backers; the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs>>>

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              • 22 August 08:29, by Kuch

                their evil juus & some of their evil creeps in between went for their damned *UN, their sleazy NGOs, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their human rights business scams* as their *regime change business part two* of the government of South Sudan. And this is why we continue to see the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creeps continue to play>>>

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                • 22 August 08:41, by Kuch

                  games with our people & our country. Mr. John Akeen, l always post on this SUDANTRIBUNE website that *our country & people* have been taken hostage by the greatest evils on earth; *the evil corporate America, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their in between* as their Geo-political chess game because we have are considered to be the most foolish people in Africa who>>>

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                • 22 August 08:41, by Kuch

                  games with our people & our country. Mr. John Akeen, l always post on this SUDANTRIBUNE website that *our country & people* have been taken hostage by the greatest evils on earth; *the evil corporate America, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their in between* as their Geo-political chess game because we have are considered to be the most foolish people in Africa who>>>

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                  • 22 August 09:40, by Kuch

                    still worship the evil corporate America, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs & some of their creeps in between in our country. And this is why the fools like *Garang Ghost* keeps posting their* polemic comments* on this SUDAN TRIBUNE *web site* that South Sudanese are "primitive & backward and that our country can be ruled by the UN, NGOs & African Union (UN)>>>

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                    • 22 August 16:01, by jubaone

                      Kuch,
                      Your repetitive and boring arguments wont help jienge Abyei in attaining their goal of being part of SS. Kiirminal has already disowned them by not recognizing the 2012 Abyei Rwfendum. Kiirminal and Bashir already made a deal to take Abyei. If you wish, mobilize your nyors to liberate Abyei cos no help from Equatorians or Nuers. Sorry man 😆

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                      • 22 August 23:38, by john akeen

                        Jubaone
                        What is the difference between you & haters and losers? Anyways" your hate Comments will never do anything good for you or for your father Riek Machar; "talking about Jing this jinga that, you idiot

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  • 22 August 07:26, by lou nuer

    Kush and John
    Don’t you have any things to do else everything appear on media your comments more than anyone else? Do you think you’re more perfect than other posters or you were assigned to do so? Nevertheless, even anything that doesn’t concern Dr.Machar you feel ok unless you mentioned his name. Forget Riek Machar look a head of you what will happen. Riek himself is nothing but our agemates.

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  • 22 August 07:50, by Lenin Bull

    Big thank you to South Sudan Government for being wise and avoid being trapped by Sudan and their friends in AUHIP, UN and IGAD. Sudan and their backers are panicking now that their collaborators in South Sudan are being crashed militarily and will collapse soon which will deny them fifth column/saboteurs inside South Sudan. This Abyei talks now is a bait for a war between Sudan and South Sudan.

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  • 22 August 07:56, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan, UN, AUHIP, and IGAD are aware that the current mindless barbaric war waged by Riek against South Sudan has destroyed or weakened South Sudan economy, killed many South Sudanese soldiers and citizens and made many South Sudanese to flee to neighboring countries for refuge and many of donor countries are further sabotaging South Sudan by denying financial assistance and military sanction.

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  • 22 August 08:06, by Lenin Bull

    This Abyei talks is a bait to provoke war between the Sudan and South Sudan. They will rush to close the remaining running oil pipeline from Paloich to starve South Sudan of money, use SPLA-IO fifth columnists, NDM/Lam Akol, resurrect and resuscitate Riek, etc. South Sudan should completely finish Riek and all rebellion inside South Sudan first to give a safe rear and then begin to engage Sudan.

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  • 22 August 08:15, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan will then engage Sudan on Abyei talks on its own timing and terms and with no traitors inside its territory. Sudan will then have no option but to accept South Sudan positions and terms on Abyei because war will not be in it favor. UN wants South Sudan government to collapse through endless rebellion and war so that UN is given trusteeship over South Sudan period!!

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  • 22 August 09:01, by gatkhor Nueri

    People of Abyei no more talk Mr.salva Kiir sell out your land to Arab.from now onward you are not S.sudanese people you are foreigner here in s.sudan.
    the nuer could never do that to sellout the Land out only Dinka can plan to give the land to the arab. hopeless people all over the world.

    Abyei ci dong wei no more talk.

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  • 22 August 17:57, by Sinibaldi

    Cuando viene
    una sombra
    invocando el
    candor de la noche
    estrellada siento
    un llanto y una
    rima avanzar
    suavemente en
    el sueño encantado
    de una tierna
    poesía.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

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