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S. Sudan confirms Abyei’s exclusion in bilateral talks with Sudan

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November 1, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese authorities have confirmed that President Salva Kiir visit to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum will focus on bilateral cooperation issue between the two countries.

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An officer from the UN peacekeeping mission in Abyei (UNISFA) on patrol in the disputed region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan (AFP)

The issue of Abyei, a contested oil-producing region claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan is not expected on the agenda of the discussions.

The South Sudanese minister for the presidency, Mayiik Ayii Deng told reporters on Wednesday Kiir left Juba for a two-day official visit to Sudan for bilateral talks on issues which the two sides have already identified to form the basis of discussion between the two leaders.

“The president is going to discuss three main issues with his brother Omar al-Bashir. One is the resumption of oil production in former Unity state. Second, we are going to discuss the reopening of the border for trade, and the third issue is the security,” said Deng.

Abyei issue is not on the agenda for discussion in Khartoum.

“The issue of Abyei is not part of the agenda. The issues to be discussed during this president of his Excellency have been identified and agreed by the two countries. The main issues will be borders, trade and resumption of oil production in former Unity”, he said.

It, however, remains unclear why the issue of the disputed region was excluded.

Leaders from Misseriya, one of the tribes in Abyei, recently called on the Sudanese government to include the issue of Abyei in the agenda of bilateral talks with the South Sudanese president.

In statements to the semi-official, SMC, Mohamed Omer al-Ansari, a Misseriya leading member pointed to the need to form Abyei joint administration institutions in line with the agreement of 20 June 2011.

He called for inclusion of the issue of the disputed area in the agenda of the meetings between President Omer al-Bashir and Kiir.

"We insist on resolving the issue of Abyei and to launch the formation of a joint government in the (dispute) region that will implement what has been agreed in the deal,” partly read the statement.

Jaffur Daou, the head of external relations at the Dinka Council - a tribal body supporting to maintain Abyei in the Sudan, also called for discussions on the issue, stressing that Juba had delayed the process pretending that it would be settled during the presidential summit.

The Juba-backed Dinka-Ngok rejects the formation of the joint administrative and security institutions saying it is time to run a referendum on the self-determination without the participation of the Misseriya nomads.

But Khartoum has insisted that priority should be given to the establishment of administrative and legislative councils and the joint police force before to settle the difference over who can take part in the vote on the vote of the disputed area.

The Abyei Area is an area of 10,546 km2 in Sudan accorded "special administrative status" by the 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict (Abyei Protocol) in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the second Sudanese civil war. Under the terms of the Abyei Protocol, Abyei was declared, on an interim basis, to be simultaneously part of South Kurdufan and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states.

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  • 2 November 05:54, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    In the CPA it stated clearly that it will be upto the people of Abyei to determine whether to join north or south Sudan, we people need is the driver as you had already been given the transport, the choice I’d be yours whether you drive it to the northern country or to your former brotheren of the South.
    The problem is that no one to drive this vehicle

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  • 2 November 06:13, by Eastern

    Abyei issue is a hot potato..! However, for how long will the two Sudans continue skirting the same..?

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  • 2 November 07:19, by DO IT

    Unity State oil will remain close till none Dinka take over the leadership. Although Khartoum should stay away from those mess Salva Kiir had invented in S. Sudan.

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  • 2 November 08:33, by Wutkhor

    Haha I can’t stop laughing, congratulations to al bashir for getting Abyei for free without a obstacles, I am waiting to hear reactions from jiengs dogs who use to defecates so much on this sites, since jiengs big thugs kiirdit prove Dinka’s abnormalities n stupidity beyond anydoubts that jiengs re good on stealing, lies, cheats n grabbing equotoria land. Abyei is a gone case now.

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  • 2 November 15:59, by Fair Man

    Shame on Dinka President. His visit shows lack of concern for the refugees. I had wished he relates to Omar el Bashir the concern of mistreatment of South Sudanese refugees, by Sudanese authorities. The Arabs are busy fucking Dinka women here around Konyokonyo, Custom and Jebel Market, for a cup of floor given the economic crisis, yet their King aka Salva K.M is pleading with Bashir for cooperatio

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