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EU envoys express concern over the situation in Abyei


EU Ambassador Jean Miched Dumont (L) and France's Ambassador Emmanuelle Blatmann during their visit to Abyei with other EU envoys (Photo EU)
April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday have expressed concern about the situation of the people in the disputed Abyei region.

In a statement at the end of a two-day visit to the region, EU Ambassadors said the “objective of the visit was to examine the political, security, development and humanitarian situation on the ground”.

“The European diplomats held meetings with the leaders of Ngok Dinka and Misserya and Dinka Agok, representatives of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), the UN Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) and other UN agencies and NGOs” read the statement

“During their stay, the European diplomats visited Todach and Agok. They had a walk around the Amiet common market and visited projects related to health and the empowerment of women” added the statement

According to the statement, “the European diplomats agreed that there is a need for improved basic services especially in the areas of water, education, health and rule of law”.

It is noteworthy that the EU delegation included ambassadors of the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway as well as the Special Envoy of Norway to Sudan and South Sudan.

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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  • 19 April 06:02, by Lenin Bull

    Let no body be fooled by these neo-colonialist-racists in forms of European Union ambassadors. They just want to provoke a deadly war between South Sudan and Sudan over Abiei knowing quite well that South Sudan is weakened by internal wars which they are secretly sponsoring and masterminding. The same EU has stopped funding anything in South Sudan as a way of punishing and weakening the government

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  • 19 April 06:04, by Trouble

    Abyei will never be a part of S Sudan as long as cowards jange ppl r on top of leadership the way they failed their areas is what they now brought to whole S Sudan by selling it out to East Africa but they already failed

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  • 19 April 06:14, by Lenin Bull

    While Muslim Arabs in Khartoum get financial and military support on every occasion from their Muslim Arab brothers in the Arab Gulf and Middle East. If South Sudan cannot get financial support from anybody anywhere in the world including the EU being a young country where everything is starting from scratch, how could it protect itself from old neighbors like Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya?

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  • 19 April 06:22, by Lenin Bull

    The "Art of War" by Sun Tzu says that" one should fight when one wants to fight but not when others want one to fight"! and further "Know your enemy and know yourself well" and you will win the war because knowledge of the enemy is the first steps in strategies that allow one to win the war one is embarking on.

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  • 19 April 06:29, by Lenin Bull

    South Sudan should do the following first things: It should put itself inorder by having total peace with itself first, second it should completely destroy the proxies of Khartoum inside itself like SPLA-IO, NDM/A of Lam Akol, Agwelek tribal forces of Shilluk, thirdly it should reconsider oil pipeline route to the seas/oceans and oil drilling contracts with some oil companies,

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  • 19 April 06:37, by Lenin Bull

    Fourth it should embark on local food production for food security, fifth it should professionalize its armed forces, and then finally it should take back its occupied territories(Abiei, Panthou, Maganis, Wundeeng Dayongdit/Jebeleen, etc) by force without taking permission from anybody. If Kiir and his generation will not do this, our generation will do it. We swear it in name of NHIALINYDIT .

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