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Sudan to establish popular committees in Abyei


February 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area said it would form more than thirty popular committees to help to implement government plans in the contested region.

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Abyei residents chant “Bye Bye, Bashir”, referring to Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, after the result of an unofficial vote was announced in the disputed border region on 31 October 2013 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted the executive director of the committee Saloma Yahia Musa as saying the chairman of the committee Hassan Ali Nimir would head a delegation to tour Abyei to form the popular committees.

He pointed out that the popular committees would help government bodies and assist maintaining security as well as activating youth, women and students activities in Abyei.

Musa further stressed the security and humanitarian situation in Abyei are stable.

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

There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan, as the Ngok Dinka refuse the formation of Abyei Area Administration and the Legislative Council. 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.

On 27 June 2011, the Security Council, by its resolution 1990, responded to the urgent situation in Abyei by establishing the 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 27to 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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  • 24 February 2018 03:30, by Nairobimitot

    If Nuer and Dinka Do not unite themselves, Abye is a piece of cake to Sudan. Abye is gone to North; it would be tough for the South to get it back.

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    • 24 February 2018 05:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      Abyei issue is a national matter that cuts through the national nerves of South Sudan. You should not look at it as a matter for Dinka and Nuer alone. It looks like you do not know what South Sudan as a country is. It is therefore unpatriotic to call these two tribes alone for national defence.

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    • 25 February 2018 06:54, by jubaone

      You cowardly Jienges now seek unity with Nuer once you sold it to jellaba? Where are the brave, wide-mouthed monyjiienges who should liberate Abyei? No, even the Kiirminal has disowned it. After all jienge Abyei have chosen to be with their jellaba masters. Any jienge supporters who opposes this, just get a gun go fight. Not begging for Nuer help, cowards.

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  • 24 February 2018 06:32, by Mayendit

    The Northern Sudanese government must be careful specific the issue of Abyei owner. They have to know that, the Abyei is a Dinka region in line of Bhar el Ghazal regions. The transfer for Abyei was doing illegal when the Northern Sudanese president ordered Chief of Abeyi to be part of Kordofan while, the Bhar el Ghazal members were not agrees.If Omar al Bashir still talking Abeyi, he must stop.

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    • 24 February 2018 16:06, by lino

      Mayendit, to correct your history information a little bit, it was the British who transferred Abyei to be part of Kurdofan in 1905 when they took it from Bhr el Gazal. The North is just a beneficiary of the action with their Messeria Arab Tribesmen!!!

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  • 24 February 2018 16:14, by lino

    I am wonder how comes Juba Government is even on the same line with Khartoum Government not to recognize the outcome of Ngok Popular Referendum of October, 2013!!!!
    Ngok should fight Juba Government politically to force it to recognize the results in parliament then Sudan can be checked mate and force to agree on conducting the a recognized referendum base on African Union Guidelines of Mar, 2013!

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  • 24 February 2018 19:34, by EastSudanisHeaven


    The Messayria are not Arab but they speak Arabic fluently and some of them are Racially intermixed with the Dinka

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    • 24 February 2018 21:50, by lino


      I agree with you that so called Arab of Sudan are not in fact Arab including Messeria, but they call themselves so! On the other hand I don’t agree with you that Messerias have intermixed with Dinka in general! I have lived with these people for long time, and to top it up, I got a degree in history especially Sudan whether Middle and mordern ages.

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      • 24 February 2018 21:57, by lino

        I can say there are few inter marriages with some of Muslim Dinka families, but that don’t mount to intermixed race at all; also these Messerias are ego centric and they can fit and matched up with Dinka/ Monyjang cultural way of living. I can talk a lot in this regard, but I hope you understood what I meant to say!!!

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        • 24 February 2018 21:59, by lino

          Correction: They can’t fit and matched up!!!

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