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Abyei talks to resume this month in Addis Ababa


November 1, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area Wednesday said it has received an invitation from the African Union to resume meetings with its South Sudanese counterpart from 9 to 10 November in Addis Ababa.

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UN peacekeepers from Ethiopia patrol the outskirts of the disputed Abyei town that straddles the border between Sudan and South Sudan on 16 September 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

Ownership of Abyei, a disputed border region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in July 2011.

There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan, as the Ngok Dinka refuse the formation of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC). Instead, they call to hold a referendum without the Sudanese pastoralist Misseriya.

Now, there are two committees one for the Misseriya appointed by the Sudanese government and another for the Ngok Dinka appointed by Juba government.

The head of the Sudanese committee Hassan Ali Nimir told the semi-official Sudanese Media Center (SMC) Wednesday the meeting would discuss the outcome of the May 2017 meeting in which the two sides were urged to establish the political institutions according to the June 20th, 2011 agreement between Sudan and South Sudan.

On 30 May 2017, after more than two years of suspension, the two AJOC parties held an extraordinary session convened by the African Union. The latter urged them to commit to a functioning Joint Oversight Committee as a forum in which contentious issues could be addressed.

Also, the two parties signed an outcome document, in which they agreed that they would resume bimonthly meetings and that the next meeting would be held in the last week of July in Addis Ababa. But since they didn’t meet again.

Nimir pointed out that the traditional leadership from Misseriya and Ngok Dinka will also participate in the meeting to discuss issues of peaceful coexistence as well as restoring social norms between members of the two tribes.

On 27 June 2011, the Security Council, by its resolution 1990, responded to the urgent situation in Abyei by establishing the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

UNISFA’s establishment came after Sudan’s government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) reached an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to demilitarise Abyei and let Ethiopian troops monitor the area.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) provides that the contested territory remains part of the north until the organisation of a referendum determines its fate.
The difference over who will participate in the referendum prevents the two countries from holding the agreed referendum.

However, the Dinka Ngok organised a unilateral referendum from 27 to 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 recognise the outcome of the vote.


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  • 1 November 2017 22:11, by Majesty

    Misseriya and Razaggart have NO right and ownership in Aweil or in Abyei. If our Northern Sudanese disregard our generosity and good neighborhood, someone will tell them this is not 1985, Dinka is well armed and will protect their land and water, somebody not Dinka millions cows will perish.

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  • 2 November 2017 01:40, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    "The Sudanese committe for the administrative of Abyei area received an invitation from the African Union to resume meetings with its south Sudanese counterparts from 9-10 Nov.in
    Addis" Wait to be invited! Where were you all these times? 😱
    We need to be serious when it comes to issues of greater concern. Arabization should be abundance by all means and let’s accept ourselves as Southerners no ma

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    • 2 November 2017 01:42, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Co-existance is very vital though some of you are not interested to join the South, we have to accept the facts that we are all Southerners by descent.

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      • 2 November 2017 03:40, by Kuch

        Abyei problem & our other still occupied areas by the so-called cloned arab North Sudan are not going to resolved in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa. But would be reclaimed back by force not in our current weak position. But when we have stabilized our country. Were it not because of our senior government officials shortsightedness of running away from arch enemy/predator>>>

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        • 2 November 2017 03:49, by Kuch

          and came & forget like warthogs or pigs that our arch enemy hasn’t left us yet. Many our senior government of official failed to plan during our interim period by not even built a single a single refinery in our country. But silly game was to loot & squabble over the leadership like hungry dogs tearing themselves apart over a meatless bone & left our country & our people exposed to our arch enemy>

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          • 2 November 2017 04:00, by Kuch

            that our people have fought off so gallantly to extricate ourselves from it. The reason as to why not a single refinery was built in the then Southern Sudan but all of the refineries built in the North was simply to control our country & our people even if we secede from the North Sudan. And this is what is exactly happening now. Even the pipeline that we these days pay the exorbitant fees for>>>

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            • 2 November 2017 04:07, by Kuch

              to export our oil to the international market was built on our same oil wealth by the Chinese companies. But our arch enemy, the cloned arab North Sudan often brag to own this same pipeline. Fellows, the reason our cloned arabs of North Sudan quickly named our then ’Unity state right after the oil was discovered’ was simply to share our oil with them even if we seceded from them>>>

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              • 2 November 2017 04:20, by Kuch

                And that is how our ’former unity state’ got the name ’Unity’ from for some of our least well informed South Sudanese to know. Another tacit reason behind the word Unity is that South Sudan & South Sudanese idiots would be (Geo-politically) chess or football played around like fools by ever piece of trash in our own Africa, our own region & around the world---like their then East & West Germany>>>

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                • 2 November 2017 04:26, by Kuch

                  during their then so-called cold war & hope that South Sudan & North Sudan would be re-united with our cloned so-called arab North Sudan. And then the evils would then go & toss their champagne glasses in their boardrooms in Adis Ababa, Johannesburg, Washington, London, Brussels or Dubai and brag---Western civilization>>>

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                  • 2 November 2017 04:36, by Kuch

                    Many South Sudanese people, even some of our elders do not know that South Sudan & our people is/are a targeted for destruction like DRC, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine and this simply something to do with our oil wealth & resources, our land & our Nile waters and to simply fight China in our country by proxy. But our people stupidity & our shortsightedness of viewing how>>>

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                    • 2 November 2017 04:44, by Kuch

                      our the world in term of Ngundeng Biong fantasies/superstitions or Jaangs/Jiengs vs the Nuers. Jenges/Dinkas vs everybody is being exploited by our greatest enemies some of these days---the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their NGOs want to take over our country---they want to be our new masters>>>>

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                      • 2 November 2017 04:51, by Kuch

                        and to take our country isn’t be as cheap as they did to DRC, Central Africa republic (CAR), Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine. The UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their so-called human rights business scam tick the box for our enemies since some of our people have been accustomed to the UN & NGOs free rations for too long>>>

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                        • 2 November 2017 04:58, by Kuch

                          And many of our leaders are not seem not to realize this dirty trend our people are being deliberately accustomed to by our enemies. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between want to experiment their so-called NEW WORLD ORDER or UN government in our country & on our people. Many idiots like their Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Majak Agoot, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo>>>

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                          • 2 November 2017 05:07, by Kuch

                            and some our other foreign puppets/stooges who are now cowering in foreign countries & are being used as bargaining cards/chips have signed up to this silly idea that South Sudan & the South Sudanese people would be governed by the UN & the NGOs, on behave of their damned evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between through their>>>>

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                            • 2 November 2017 05:15, by Kuch

                              so-called UN or NEW WORLD ORDER government in our country. This evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their creepy allies in between will dirty intrigue will never ever fly in our country. Who says that we want the evil white Americans, English people, Arabs, their evil juus & some of their other creeps in between in our country? Who really says?

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                              • 2 November 2017 05:24, by Kuch

                                We keep telling our evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between that here in the Sudan---South Sudan to be precise, people are very racists than even the white people & have an attitude towards an evil on earth who thinks that he/she can stand over our necks. Fellows, watch space. We are back fellows. Fellows, in our Nilotic plains>>>

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