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African Union urges Sudan to pull out troops from Abyei

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 12, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - The African Union (AU) has commended South Sudan for withdrawing its police forces from the contested Abyei area and has urged Khartoum to immediately do the same.

A UN peacekeeper escorts civilians who flee Abyei after its seizure by the Sudanese army in May 2011 (photo UN)

The government of South Sudan on Thursday said that it had completely the withdrawal of 700-strong South Sudan Police Service (SSPS) as per a 2 May resolution of the UN Security Council. Resolution 2046 called on both sides to withdraw from all disputed areas and return to talks within 2 weeks and resolve the outstanding issues from South Sudan’s independence last year with three months.

The AU statement comes shortly after Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Lieutenant General Tadesse Tesfay, in a letter addressed to the AU on Friday, confirmed the pull out by South Sudan.

The statement by the AU said, South Sudan’s move is complies with the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) road map, which was endorsed by the UNSC, aiming to create a lasting and peaceful settlement to pending disputes between Khartoum and Juba.

“The Chairperson of the Commission commends the Government of the Republic of South Sudan for making good on its pledge to withdraw from Abyei, in line with the letter it addressed to the AU regarding its acceptance of the Roadmap,” the statement said.

AU said the move by South Sudan is an important step forward to restore relations and to easing tensions as well as in paving the way to resume negotiations between the two former civil war rivals.

In May Last year, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) occupied much of Abyei in retaliation to an attack on its forces. For a year both sides kept forces in the area, the status of which was to have been decided in a refendum in January 2011 in a vote agreed as part of the 2005 peace deal that ended two-decades pf conflict.

Tensions over Abyei, and nearby Heglig, have led to fears that the two sides could return to war less than a year after South Sudan seceded in July last year.

In June 2011, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously authorised the deployment of 4,200 Ethiopian peacekeeping forces to Abyei after leaders from Sudan and South Sudan - under the African Union sponsored mediation - signed an agreement in Addis Ababa to fully demilitarise the Abyei and allow an Ethiopian peacekeeping force to move in - to monitor disputed area.

The latest AU proposed Roadmap adopted was April, and subsequently was endorsed by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2046 (2012) of 2 May 2012, seeks a comprehensive settlement to all outstanding disputes between North and South Sudan including to agreement on establishing a temporary Security and Administrative arrangements for the Abyei and an immediate forces withdrawal from the area.

South Sudan on Friday accused its northern neighbour of refusing to withdraw forces from Abyei and called on the international community to pressure Omer Hassan Al-Bashir’s government to comply with the rulings of the UN and AU.

In his latest statement, the AU chief, Jean Ping, called on the government of the Sudan “to reciprocate and withdraw its forces from Abyei, in line with its acceptance of the Roadmap and the timetable contained therein. With the effective deployment of UNISFA, there is no longer need for any other force to remain in Abyei.”

Ping called on the two parties to “continue fully and unconditionally” implement the roadmap further reaffirmed a continued support from the continental bloc to resolve the dispute in all aspects.

The UK’s Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham welcomed the news, saying it is vital that it is reciprocated by the SAF personnel from Abyei.

“It is vital that this now be reciprocated by withdrawal of all Sudanese Armed Forces personnel from Abyei. I urge the Government of Sudan to carry out its obligation to do so immediately.

“This will open the way for the return home of more than 100,000 residents of Abyei who have been living as refugees for the last year. I commend the excellent work that the UN peacekeeping force has been doing to ensure security for all Abyei’s communities, and urge all concerned to facilitate the return of displaced persons.

“This is only one step in the roadmap towards a comprehensive settlement of all outstanding disputes between Sudan and South Sudan, as set out by the African Union and endorsed by the UN Security Council. I urge both governments to work swiftly with the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to implement all remaining steps in the roadmap.”

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  • 13 May 2012 07:29, by peaceful south

    No more insults, foul language, or racial remarks if all of you on this website are educated.

    REMEMBER: if you give positive comments on this website, you will end war on the ground.

    WARNING: those continuing to instigate bad remarks are being looked for.Take this seriously!!!!

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    • 13 May 2012 07:47, by Chol

      The UN resolution 2046 called on both sides to withdraw from all disputed territories, therefore it shouldn’t just be Abyei only but out of Panthou as well!

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    • 13 May 2012 09:00, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      Abyei blongs to Messeria and their opened minded brothers for Dinka
      Abyei blongs to Messeria and their opened minded brothers for Dinka
      Abyei blongs to Messeria and their opened minded brothers for Dinka
      Abyei blongs to Messeria and their opened minded brothers for Dinka

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      • 13 May 2012 14:09, by Hardball

        The oil shut-down in the South is very effective to Sudan; oil money is no longer getting used to buy military hardware to terrorize civilians.

        This is why according to Los Angles Time USA, Khartoum is sending out text messages begging citizens to contribute at least 5, 10, or 50 Sudanese pounds to support cash-straps military. No more civilians getting killed because of oil money.

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        • 13 May 2012 15:40, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Hardball
          What about RSS’s oil which used to make more than 98% of their income?
          Los Angles Time USA, are big liars .you need to ask USA petroleum engineering specialists about north Sudan. Iam not joking but north Sudan is richer than SS in oil. I don’t know why GOS is not concentrating in north-west, north and west Darfur, east Sudan for the definite oil reseves as well stated by USA specialists

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    • 13 May 2012 09:06, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      If the inhumane members of SPLA/M are foxes Messeria are Tigers.
      We have been in many many wars even with the holy masters of SPLA/M in past with GB who tried to control and colonize Sudan.
      Ask about them in south and west Darfur, CHAD and Tunisia.

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      • 13 May 2012 10:05, by Beneben Bai

        mambouz, GB is the one under which Abyei Dinka land was administratively transfered to kordufan in 1905. Abyei Dinka Ngok and their land were not transfered from S. Sudan to kordufan together with messirya. understood? keep fooling yuorself while the issue now is just to withdraw SAF from Abyei not your stupid bila bilaa

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    • 13 May 2012 09:22, by Ruach

      Peaceful South.Don’t threaten people by giving warning to people here.Every one is entitled to his/her own opinions.War with Arabs can never be ended here.Don’t interfer here,it a violation of our opinion.Contribute positively and the rest will go their way.You are creating being importance!!

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    • 13 May 2012 11:46, by Anti Dinka’s

      Los Angeles Times
      May 13, 2012
      KHARTOUM, Sudan — It has come to this: The Sudanese government is sending out text messages to the population begging for donations to help the cash-strapped military.

      "Please help support the army," the messages plead. "If you want to contribute 10 Sudanese pounds, send number 10, and if you want to contribute 50 pounds, send the number 50."

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  • 13 May 2012 07:30, by Hardball

    Not only Abyei, Sudan should do the same in Panthou/Heglig and both territories should remain under United Nation and AU control.

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  • 13 May 2012 07:31, by Dinkawarrior

    Bashit’s Natioal Crimes Providers (NCP)are bloodsuckers who don’t care about the humanity! Let’s us see how are you going to handle this criminal, you were the fist people whom candamn South Sudan on their defensive against Khartoum warmongers. They need to get their asses out in Panthou too!

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  • 13 May 2012 07:35, by sober

    African Union urges Sudan to pull out troops from Abyei 12 may 2012
    African Union urges Sudan to pull out troops from Heglig 12 may 2013
    African Union urges Sudan to pull out troops from Kosti 12 may 2014
    My deader Sudan governors , pleas Flay Malaysia.
    From where did those come from?

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    • 13 May 2012 09:13, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      sober
      AU was very weak in Darfur and asked for the help from UN.
      Do you hear AU with UN found solution for Darfurians?
      We the great Darfurians will solve our problems through (DDD).

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      • 13 May 2012 10:22, by Beneben Bai

        mambouz, AU is the supreme power in Abyei and for Africa. It can seek help from UNSC when things are bigger than its capacity, UNSC is the supreme power globally. number 2 you are not from Darfur because you don’t mentioned attrocities committed by NCP regieme in Darfur in all your comments unless you are Janjweed, which means you are not from there. don’t fool us as you are fooling yourself

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      • 13 May 2012 10:28, by Beneben Bai

        mambouz, AU is the supreme organization in Africa and for Africa. it can seek help from UNSC when things become bigger than its capacity. number 2, you are not from Darfur because you did not ever mentioned any of the attrocities committed there by NCP regieme unless you are Janjaweed. pls don’t fool us as you keep fooling youself

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    • 13 May 2012 16:16, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      sober
      When will the African Union urges Sudan to pull out troops from the other world?
      When will the African Union urges FAKE ARABS to pull out troops from their home lands in Sudan?

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  • 13 May 2012 07:52, by wang

    This helpless organization so called African Union (AU) should have been given those gangs criminals in Khartoum a dateline to completely withdraw their forces from Abei. Then if they pass the dateline, the SPLA will deals with them and complete the business without costs

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  • 13 May 2012 07:52, by George Bol

    Good strategy. We will see the North for one week if they will respect the resolution. If not then we south will see what the UN and international will do.After the above resolution fail for amonth,then the SPLA must have a green light to take Abyei, Panthou and the surrounding border areas by force. If UN demand our withdrawal from the area we captured, we south has capability to enter Khartoum

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    • 13 May 2012 07:57, by Northern Sudanese

      SPLA cant do shit!!!!!!!!!!!

      Unity State Citizens fleeing to Juba Because of high prices HAHAHAHAHA and you Speak about invading Abyei? HAHAHAHAHAHA

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      • 13 May 2012 08:19, by wang

        Northern Sudanese
        Unity State Citizens lives in a better life most than those were neglected by your own government in central and Western Sudan.
        Were the Heglig oil pipeline is completely fixing and how much it costs Northern Sudanese?

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        • 13 May 2012 08:25, by George Bol

          Wang,
          This time, if they mess up with the South. We will stay permanently in Panthou and went further to erase every single facility in Panthou.SPLA has no teeth to laugh with Jallaba.

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        • 13 May 2012 08:32, by Northern Sudanese

          wang

          hahahahahahah yea they live in a better condition yea hahahaahhahahaa no roads, no hospitals , no food , no money , lack of basic needs , not much water , unable to afford food prices............pretty good condition isn’t it? is that why they are all moving to juba? lol better condition in your dreams hahahahahaha you insects hahahahahahha

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          • 13 May 2012 10:52, by Beneben Bai

            I don’t understand why any one from Sudan can’t answer my question about president Al Bashir who has 2 wives for long time in his life and has no children up to now, is that not a proved for his being a luuthy? (gay)? and shouted during one of his speeches calling S. Sudanese people and leadres as insects? are these not a clear charactaristics of a gay (Luuthy)? pls answer my question with honest

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        • 13 May 2012 10:02, by Chol A.

          I like your comment to Northern brother Wang, those fake Arab comments like came out from bars and haling their shit to the web site against Southern Sudan but they will remain in pain soon. Khartoum forcing language on our land and resources has completely make it negative on us and they will be sorry when we say no after trying to beg us because land and resources will be clear soon.

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      • 13 May 2012 08:25, by zulu

        mr. north sudanese,
        it is a mattter of principal and the world should stand witness should sudan drag its feet. There is no joke if you think south sudan makes any. you are expected to burry that joke if you have it.

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      • 13 May 2012 08:31, by Dinka land

        (Jalaby, Mahmoud, Mahamed Ali, North Sudanese) I think we know each other here in Sudan since liberation struggle till the signing of CPA. SAF has never subjugate our gallant army SPLA, the army you are prouding now is helpless for you. It can not and it will never the defend Khartoum. How was it when SPLA c

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        • 13 May 2012 08:36, by Northern Sudanese

          Dinka land

          you mean the gallant army which goes in and out of Uganda? you mean the gallant army which went hiding into neighboring countries? lol hahahahahaha

          When the CPA was signed, the position of the SPLA was near the Ugandan border even beyond juba hahahahahhaa

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          • 13 May 2012 08:40, by George Bol

            North Sudan,
            You will keep pretending to be from the North but I know for sure that you are from South Sudan. But your weak and slave hurt brought by Jallaba to your area before our brave brothers rescue you when Jallaba breed like an insect in your towns. Asked yourself how did I know that you are nyamnyam.

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            • 13 May 2012 08:44, by Northern Sudanese

              WHAT THE HECK IS A ’nyamnyam’ ?

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              • 13 May 2012 14:11, by Loko El Pollo

                NYAMNYAM IS A PERSON WHO TRANFORMED THE FAMOUS SUDANESE JALABIYA POCKETS INTO POUCH FOR CARRYING BREADS AND SOUPS.A PERSON WHO JUMP FENCHES AND FALL TO HIS NEIGHBORS KITCHENS UNINVITED.ALL DORS,ARABS AND NUER QUALIFY FOR THE NAME.

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        • 13 May 2012 08:40, by Dinka land

          How was it when SPLA captured Panthou? The whole Arabs cried because of the thousands killed in the battle field by SPLA. Some where condemning Bashir for failed to leave Panthou peacefully

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          • 13 May 2012 08:47, by Northern Sudanese

            Thousands? even your commander never came near the number 1000, where do you get this crap from?

            SAF death toll= 256
            SPLA death toll = 1,200

            An estimated 1 SAF soldier= 5 SPLA soldiers.............

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          • 13 May 2012 08:48, by Kurnyel

            There is no such that our forces will be withdrawn from Abyei, please AU, EU, or USA try your business somewhere not with Sudan. The Land is for Arabs number after our fathers were born there since the creation that is why it has a unique name Abii mean father so Abyei must remain ours forever

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            • 13 May 2012 09:13, by Ruach

              Kurnyel.Abyei is the name of semi desert tree in Dinka language and I believe you are Dinka who dislike South Sudanese because u are injected with Arabs’ bloody money.When did your husbands(Arabs)bring the land from Saudi Arabia or Yemen to to Sudan?You have no right to own a land here.

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          • 13 May 2012 08:52, by Dinka land

            You are lair. SPLA has never hide since they began war with SAF. You will witness again if we advance to Kosti later leave Panthou and Abyei. You don’t have heroes in Arabs utterly. This Khartoum will fall into SPLA hands in up coming few days without delayment.

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        • 13 May 2012 09:35, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Dinka land
          I am not taking any instructions from SAF.
          But if your unwise SPLA/M willing to fight my western Sudanese FAKE ARABS; Then i SWEAR in ALLAH i will fight even the SATANS.
          Your Dinka knows very well the western Sudanese FAKE ARABS. Ask your grand grand fathers what Dr Garang said about us.
          If you need me personally let’s meet in CHAD or CENTRAL African Republic.

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          • 13 May 2012 10:27, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

            Mamoud Mohamed

            If u are a true Fur i doubt,u would have not even talks against south sudanese who are offering shelters and all other basics to ur darfurians,better to appreciate,Sudan policy is divide and rule and if u dont uncover that u will still remain in colony periodically,darfurians were they ones who fought against southerners and fighting sudan,do u have heart brother?.think.

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            • 13 May 2012 16:07, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

              Dinka Aliap Chawul
              NO Iam not from Fur but "FAKE ARAB" from Worrior arab tribe that located in Kordofan, south & west Darfur, CHAD and TUNESIA ( be open minded about the tribes hitory).
              Ask well educated Darfurians about me who are in CANADA, USA, NORWAY, UK and FRANCE. Iam the one behind DARFUR-DARFUR DIALQUE (DDD)
              Many thanks for your advice.

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          • 13 May 2012 11:24, by South South

            Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla,

            This is the second time to warn you about mentioning Allah in this website. Don’t you ever, ever mention Allah in this website. You and your black Arab and fake Arab called Norhtern Sudanese need to shut up from mentioning Allah here. This is not a website of terrorists, but good people.

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            • 13 May 2012 15:54, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

              South South
              You are not with demoracy, freedom of expression and EQUAL CIVIL RIGHTS.
              Even SATAN doesn’t heat ALLAH like you do.
              Even animals worship ALLAH.
              ESTI UN CACAT!!!
              ESTI UN CACAT!!!
              ESTI UN CACAT!!!
              ESTI UN CACAT!!!

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              • 13 May 2012 17:27, by South South

                You are challenging me, you are forcing me, you are fighting me, you are confronting me and you are insisting to speak your mind against something we do not share with you. You need to know that there is nothing called Allah to be worshiped, but Mohammed made up the name of Allah so that he can make living. Can you tell me why Mohammed married to a girl of 9 years old, You ask for it.

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                • 13 May 2012 21:45, by South South

                  Northern Sudanese,

                  Get this: All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims so far. Shut your SHIT Allah up. Momammed was a poor young man who was looking for anything to make living. He married his first wife who was old enough to be his mother. He was 25 years old when he married Kadieja, ( spelling check). He married 9 years old girl. Shut up terror with your dirty Mohammed.

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            • 13 May 2012 19:16, by Northern Sudanese

              South South

              I told you insect before that this is a Sudanese Website and Insect Website..........this website is SUDAN TRIBUNE and NOT SOUTH SUDAN TRIBUNE......... you insects go and make your own South Sudan Tribune......... we Sudanese can mention everything we want on Our countries Website......... Allahu Akbar........

              South South: Fuck You INSECT!!!!!!!

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  • 13 May 2012 09:07, by SeekingTruth

    AU and UN should know well that this is not a joke! This is a trap. They must not only urge Sudan’s fugitives to withdraw as a matter of appeasing the criminal but they must use the stronger language so the pig headed should better understand. This time the ball is on Khartoum’s side. Should they failed to withdraw which is likely then, SPLA will response in kind and I believe will not say a shit.

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    • 13 May 2012 09:15, by Kurnyel

      Sudan air force will soon blow off entire Kampala Old taxi park especially if idiot and murderous musenvei no stop and his rotten mouth and apologizes for what he did in our Sudanese affairs.

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    • 13 May 2012 09:21, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      SeekingTruth
      AU and UN are planning for very bloody tribal wars. So that the new white colonizationists will own the land after the evacuation of the stupid Africans. It is the evil plan of KKK that brainwashed the empty minds of SPLA/M leaders.

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      • 13 May 2012 11:00, by Beneben Bai

        Sudanese commentators, I don’t understand why any one from Sudan can’t answer my question about president Al Bashir who has 2 wives for long time in his life and has no children up to now, is that not a proved for his being a luuthy? (gay)? and shouted during one of his speeches calling S. Sudanese people and leadres as insects? are these not a clear charactaristics of a gay (Luuthy)? pls answer m

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      • 13 May 2012 11:23, by Beneben Bai

        jalaby and Mambouz, these are all mere lies that come from your blood. pls abide by international community justice otherwise, you fake arabs with lies will see soon. you will not change anything by trying to make fitna among S. Sudanese. we can do that against you if we want, but we will not do it because that’s not our goal.

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        • 13 May 2012 15:45, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Beneben Bai
          If "jalaby and Mambouz, these are all mere lies"
          Then you are PRO devils, evils and SATANS.

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  • 13 May 2012 10:29, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Yo’ Damn Right SAF Bitches Better Pullout Immediately...Cuz Abyei Is Not A Brothel Where They Can Lounge While Practising Homosexuality...The Natives Are Facing Hardships As IDP’s Elsewhere N Are Denied Their Basic Needs/Rights...While The NCP Leaders Scratch Their Balls In Luxury In Khartoum N Killing People With No Remorse...Messeria Retards Better Not Cross The Border Line To Abyei In Future.

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    • 13 May 2012 10:51, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      In prior to the would be withdrawal of saf,there must be no messeryia to be planted in Abyei coz they v no legal rights in Abyei or should the stay beyond agreed date ,SPLA has a constitutional obligations to retake Abyei and Panthou forcifully and go beyond simultaneous areas and includes BN-sk and Khartoum,that Khatoum is not far.SPLA has a capabilities with its 30YRS of war experience army.

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  • 13 May 2012 17:10, by Beneben Bai

    khartoum, we pulled out our police from Abyei complying with AU and UNSC request. You need to do the same with your SAF otherwise, you are in a mess

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  • 13 May 2012 23:10, by panom lualbil

    Why AU urge KHARTOUM when they simply have to like JUB did ? We can take ABYEI by word of KALENYCHINCOPS though, if that’s what yo want ! Better disappear immediately or maniir wala through ass of fucky jalabs !

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  • 14 May 2012 00:31, by Zionist

    Those "fake Arabs" of Sudan are they fake too, when they practise Islam? Need to know.

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