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South Sudan calls for more international involvement on Abyei’s dispute


August 25, 2017 (JUBA) – A leading South Sudanese minister Friday called for more international efforts to fix the stalled situation in Abyei area, pointing that the deployment of an international force in the border contested area has averted an unimaginable humanitarian situation.

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Counting officers, who were part of a referendum commission, count votes in Abyei on 30 October 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

Nine days ago, Juba declined to take part in a meeting of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) on 16 August organised by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to discuss the formation of a joint administration.

Further, it comes after a call by the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council for Khartoum and Juba to not only to form the joint administration but also to activate the demilitarised border zone and to deploy joint border patrols agreed in September 2012 as part of the Cooperation Agreement.

“The issue of Abyei is the responsibility of the international community to work together to the two parties so that the outstanding issues are resolved amicably," cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

“It is not an issue which should be pushed to the two parties to resolve alone. It requires international support for the parties to close the gaps and overcome the challenges through mutual understanding,” explained Minister Lomuro.

The statements are seen as an indirect response to the growing international criticism for Juba on its "refusal to cooperate" with the different messages on Abyei and the buffer zone sent by the African Union and the United Nations.

The cabinet minister, who is an ally of President Kiir in the unity government, said international community should persuade Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir to accept a peaceful dialogue to resolve the impasse.

“His Excellency President Salva Kiir as you know and as everyone knows is a humble man. He is a peace loving person and wants the issue of Abyei to be resolved through peaceful dialogue. The international community should, therefore, work with the Sudanese government to ensure there is a reciprocation of the same spirit and will. It cannot be pushed to the leaders like that. No. The Abyei protocol was negotiated and the international community, particularly the United States played an important role. They need to continue playing this important role until a lasting settlement is found,” he said.

The administration of former President Barak Obama gradually distanced itself from Juba after years of strong support by President George Bush during the years of peace negotiations with Khartoum and the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. President Donald Trump’s administration, for the time being, is busy with internal affairs and other international files are seen more urgent.

The South Sudanese official, also, commended the government of Ethiopian for shouldering peacekeeping responsibility and acting as a de facto government in the area since 2011 following military activities.

“The intervention of the international community to deploy a peacekeeping force from the Ethiopia has averted the unimaginable humanitarian situation. If there was no neutral force in the area, the tension that was in the area would escalate into the unimaginable humanitarian situation. It averted war,” he said.

Lomuro further said the United Nation peacekeeping force currently in control of the situation of the contested area should remain there until when a solution is found through amicable solution between the parties.

Last May, the Security Council threatened to stop its support for the awaited joint border forces between Sudan and Sudan if they parties fail to operationalise it soon. The warning comes in line with Washington’s demand to reduce the number of peacekeepers deployed in the different operations as it is operating significant cuts in its financial contribution.


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  • 26 August 2017 12:57, by Agany Malim

    Leaders of ss should be carefully on calling international community for the issue of Abyei bcoz they leaders of the world are evaluating you of how you lead people of ss. Once again remember what Bashir said on you last time and it became true by insulted you as insects on your pple. Now who will fight for Abyei while we are finish?

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    • 26 August 2017 13:29, by Malakal county Simon

      The Ngong Dinka who have sold their own land without consulting other non-Dinka tribes over the food to Arab, should be the one to be blames.... But if the rest of the slaves/Dinka sub-tribe want to join in, they are free to do so with non-Dinka tribes participations..... You can take the example of how the Dinka currently treating other tribes after they were fooled we are brothers.......

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  • 26 August 2017 20:17, by Lenin Bull

    Good strategy Lomoro. Continue like that with Abyei. Let Arab foxes not outsmart us through foolish and cheap strategies. We will win Abyei back 100% sooner or later. Abyei was taken to Northern Sudan in 1905 against the will of the Dinka people and especially with help of the then British colonial government.You all understand the meaning of colonialism!!

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  • 26 August 2017 20:22, by Lenin Bull

    The same Arab foxes with help of the same British Colonialist government tricked Southern Sudanese traditional leaders/unlearned chiefs who rarely speak English neither Arabic and most of them attended the famous Juba Conference of 1947 naked. The chiefs were convinced to unite the Southern part with northern part through biscuits, tea, sweet and Jalabia gifts and our worse fate was sealed there!!

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  • 26 August 2017 20:26, by Lenin Bull

    How much did we South Sudanese pay to free ourselves again? We paid 5,000,000 souls killed in war of Anyanya One, and SPLA/SPLM combined. Abyei was taken to the north through President Decree and Ngok Dinka were not consulted. There was no referendum!! We were all fooled together whether South Sudanese or Dinka Ngok!! Let us not be sheep/fools. Read our and analyse our history( Pre-foreigners era

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  • 26 August 2017 20:32, by Lenin Bull

    Foreigners era, colonialism era, and post-colonialism era, Freedom struggle period, and the contemporary time). There is a wealth of information instead of jumping into hasty generalized conclusion, a mark of imbecility/idiocy.

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  • 26 August 2017 22:31, by john akeen

    From begging who drew South Sudan and Sudan map? whoever it this is the person who our government need to talk to and they need to bring that person out to explain South Sudan & Sudan Map history to the world and to explain to the two countries how their map or territory looks like from begging. Who drew the line? is the person we need

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    • 26 August 2017 22:59, by john akeen

      when I say begging, I meant way back in 18th century, we have to look for the true history of our country map, if we don’t want to fight Sudan over territories that they might have taken from us by force. United Kingdom or British need to be involve regarding this matter, because they know the lin

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