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Tensions simmer over Sudan’s Abyei as Misseriya tribe threaten use of force


September 29, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Members of the Arab Misseriya tribe today marched to the local United Nations offices and handed over a letter in which they decried suggestions that they could be excluded from the vote on the region’s future.

A referendum is supposed to be held in Abyei next year on whether it should join the north or south. However, a deadlock over the composition of that referendum’s electoral commission means it is unlikely to happen on time, if at all.

Last year the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) redrew the boundaries of Abyei, ceding key oilfields to north Sudan but gave the South most of the land including Abyei town which has huge areas of fertile land and one significant oilfield. The borders have yet to be demarcated to comply with the court’s verdict because of threats leveled by the Misseriya.

The Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) in control of the South has interpreted the ruling as meaning that the cattle-herding Misseriya tribe have no right to vote in areas assigned by the PCA to the Dinka Ngok.

Mukhtar Babo Nimr, the chief of the Misseriya’s told the government run Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) website that today’s demonstrations were meant to protest proposals made by the U.S. and also remarks by the SPLM chairman Salva Kiir on their exclusion from voting.

Nimr stressed that the tribe rejects the PCA ruling and leaving out the Misseriya from the referendum process.

"After today we will not recognize what came out of the Hague because in our view it is an agreement of [two] parties and not a ruling of a court," he told SMC.

In a separate interview with Reuters, Nimr threatened further measures should their demands not be met.

"If they don’t accept our votes in the referendum there will be no voting," Nimr said.

"We will use force to achieve our rights and we will use weapons against anyone who tries to stop us from voting in the referendum....If they don’t meet our demands then we will set everything alight. If that leads to war then so be it." he warned.

The Misseriya fear if the south secedes and the north-south border becomes an international boundary, they will lose grazing rights to the land and their livelihoods.

South Sudan president has pledged in the past that the Misseriya will continue to enjoy grazing rights.

The tribe is heavily armed and some tribesmen were recruited by the northern government to fight the south as a proxy militia during the two decades north-south conflict.

Analysts believe unresolved disputes between local communities such as the Misseriya could flare up and drag the north and south back into war.

On Tuesday, the U.S. said that the SPLM and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) met last weekend on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss the Abyei issue.

"We thought that they were useful meetings. They established a foundation for resolving the Abyei challenge," U.S. State Department spokesperson Phillip J. Crowley told reporters.

The meeting included U.S. special envoy Scott Gration and U.S. Assistant Secretary of state for African affairs Johnnie Carson.

Crowley said the two sides were due to meet again next month in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa "and we would expect that the parties should come to the meeting prepared to reach an agreement on Abyei."

John Prendergast, head of advocacy group Enough welcomed the U.S. new push on Abyei.

“Direct and deepening diplomatic engagement by the U.S. in attempting to break the Abyei deadlock significantly enhances the chances of peace in Sudan,” Prendergast said. “Maintaining this level of involvement in support of the African Union-led process is key to preventing the resumption of war between the North and South.”


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  • 30 September 2010 05:30, by Deng Thiak Adut

    I hope this message will alarms the Southern Sudanese Government.

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    • 30 September 2010 07:46, by Mark Omina

      Let the Messiriya try and should put into their minds that Abyei and its citizens belongs to the South and will remain part of South Sudan forever and at all cost South Sudanese will defend and ready to shade blood for their right.

      If the Messiriya were not tought properly by their mothers, the world will teach them. Who doesn’t know the use of force, you use force we shall also do the same and that will be a chance for us to claim even the present land occupied by the Messiriya because it belongs to us and we shall never give it back once it is taken by force.

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    • 30 September 2010 12:41, by Mr Point

      The top official in Abyei, Deng Arop Kuol, recently accused Khartoum of planning to resettle 75000 ethnic Misseriah in Abyei area to win the referendum by vote.

      - what is the SPLM/A planning?

      The Misseriya tribe now plan to use arms if they fail to win the vote.

      - what is the SPLM/A planning?

      The north have seven divisions along the border area according to Kuol Deim Kuol.

      - what is the SPLM/A planning?

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  • 30 September 2010 07:30, by Kur William

    What a barbaric community you just came yesterday from unknown place and step up to be landlord shame on you.

    My dear fellows let me tell you Southerners are not like before we are united now to defends our territory from you migrants,
    how horroble to hear that the newcomers has tell owner of the house to recognise them as contenders otherwise they will use forec to evict him.

    For me I would say nothing we can tell you right now before the time has come as stipulate under CPA that in 9 /1 /2011 we are going not recognise non Southerners in all our territories.

    Please Nimer shut your mouth and waits what going to happen you been keen for war and it is at the door. Kur

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    • 30 September 2010 08:04, by Aarai Baka

      Misseriya tribe are playing with gun fire in the wrong hands. this time is not like that the time they were looters and killing people in Aweil and Abyei. if they think they are well armed, let them try it now.

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      • 30 September 2010 15:14, by Ayok

        Dear Misseriya,

        Let me remind you that, for those who are just playing by cheating or rallyless.
        Be ensure that, Southerners in generally, we don’t need rallyless without put it in action, Abyei is belong to South Sudan since the be beginning.

        We always since sees you against Southerners in the cornors/borders of Abyei and you say you are Abyei citizens how you be? please watchout.
        When you are buying by Bashir please declaring to us before the Referendum, not to waste your times for nothing.

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    • 30 September 2010 10:05, by maduel Anok

      Hahaaaa! Misseriya wants to fight to annex Abyei by force? What a shame!!!!

      Misseriya, you need to fight with government of south sudan to claim the river of Kiir and make it republic of Misseriya, you also need to fight NCP so as the whole of Khordofan should be annexed to Misseriya land, You have to recall that south sudan is the south sudan of 1980s, just slash them and they will evacuate the land. You also need to fight with Darfur, Janjaweed and African tribes there and take their cattle and remaining goats and camels and use them to graze in the land of south you will take by force, not only that, you need to fight with the east of the sudan and ensure that their fertile land is left vaccant for your livestocks to graze...

      You also need to carryout slave raid for expansion of Misseriya land, these are the sentiments for rapid growth of your new republic of Misseriya.. elect Nimeri as your command in chief and president.... don’t use threat because no amount of threat will make your dreams come light.

      Hahaaaa! We’ll see......

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  • 30 September 2010 08:10, by Biliu

    GOSS, has insured the Misseriya that they will still maintaining their grazing rights within the Abyei area, yet they are demanding what’s not theirs and threatening to use arms against anyone who will deprive them from voting on the Abyei referendum… CPA is clear and no mistakes on that, southerners are the only eligible voters for the referendum, and as we know Misseriya is not one of Sothern’s tribes, but land extorters planted by North in the Region of Abyei…besides, the PCA has awarded Abyei to its rightful owners, Dinka Ngok..what rights Misseryia are talking about?!! I hope Misseryia will learn the lesson, in the past they have been used by the North to kill, displace and commit genocide against residents of Abyei, now the same north is trying to use them to sabotage the whole peace process between South and the Nroth…at the end…they will be the one to pay the price.

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  • 30 September 2010 08:12, by Malou Luiny Joseph

    The Arabs should this time be made to understand that the peace that people longed fro is not a peace for Southerners only. It is for the whole Sudan and if part of the Sudan is not happy with peace, then let them know that the southerners did not surrender neither did they ask for reconciliation.

    We did not surrender to the Arabs. So they should not threaten us about a fight that may come up in Abyei issue.

    Abyei is 100% Dinka territory and not a misserya land.
    Let Bashir use his misserya again and we will be ready to deal with his misserya and whoever supports him.

    South Sudan woyeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Abyei woyeee!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 30 September 2010 08:47, by CatBlue

    Yes of course, Ayei is South 100%. It will also give clear picture to Ayei residents so that they will have to know their position before voting minutes come. Do not be confused by whether you belong to North or South as other people of Ayei who do not know where are they are going to demand. Your parents are your parents no matter how bad they are. South Sudan is the mother land and we have to remain in it.

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    • 30 September 2010 09:16, by Thonweng

      iam now please to the response of my brother who gave commend about abyei . why to confuse people about Abyei while is south land since our grandfathers were put at the area by God , do they mean to said that God was so stupid to created them in that land we can remain with God during voting on 9 -2011

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      • 30 September 2010 09:51, by Spla Commando

        Dear Southerners,

        The issues of the Referendum and the Abyei area are matters of life and death, no one under this planet will be allow to temper with them at all cost.

        let Misseriya try and see. their mothers will cry blood.

        SPLA Commando

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    • 30 September 2010 09:25, by chuol abdalla

      Congratulation to Abyei citizens, because they have realized that Abyei is belong to south sudan.Those who dose n’t know where they came from, put them in maximium alert and tell them that, there is new life coming soon for Abyei.

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  • 30 September 2010 09:53, by DHARCHEP

    It is obviously known that Abyei belong to Dinka Jok of Abyei. There is no doubt in this. Arabs are just attaching themselves just because that the have power and at the same time they are being empowered by the family of Deng Kuol Arop Biong. I’m really worried indeed about the others Eight sections of Dinka Abyei, but the other section of Abyei call Abior in which all Deng Kuol Arop Biong family belong is already been converted by the Arabs and that is why when one of Deng Kuol Arop Biong family went to Khartoum and look for a job, they get it right away because Omar Beshir is working with them hand to hand.

    For Dinka Ngok to be free, they have to remove those of Deng Kuol Arop Biong family who block the door for others Eight Sections of Abyei who want the fruit of life. Now, where is Deng Aloor Kuol who pretended himself that Heglig(Toor Aliiny) of Dinka Ruweng Community of Biemnom belong to Abyei and at the same time he denied that Toor(Aliiny) is not Abyei territory, but it is belong to Unity State after Heglig(Toor Aliiny) is given to the North? Shame on Deng Aloor Kuol. I have never seen a leader without philosopy like this. Deng Aloor Kuol can not said that "the land was grab by the Arabs of the North anyway". Why did he allow the Arabs to grab the land and he was one of the Southern Sudanese figure in the demarcation of Abyei?

    I’m so sorry to said this, but the point has to be told.
    By Dharchep Miyar Dharchep, a man from DINKA RUWENG COMMUNITY of BIEMNOM in Unity State.

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  • 30 September 2010 10:01, by Laat Ayie Jal

    Dear Southern Sudanese;

    Chief Nimir is trying to turn the clock backward. He basically tries to a alert the Southerners of the events of late 80th and mid 90th in which our countrymen, women and children were massacre in Eld’ain and Babanosa not to mention the hostilities they carry out in Northern Bahr-Elgazal and beyond. During that time our Southern brothers in that end lost human dignity and yet we Southerners remain patients saying that Misseriya people are our brothers simply because we were the one accommodated it you in the area. But if you develop attitude you would be wiped like a dog. Babu; we have not forgot the past; it is good you started and we will finish it. Don’t you be fool by Jalaba; they have to fight so many fronts this time; refresh you mind first and hear, see what is around you...our people in Abeyi will be arm like you now and more over we are leaving our businesses and coming to point finger at you.

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  • 30 September 2010 10:07, by telfajbago

    Misseriya tribe should hold there leaders accountable first for selling them over to the regime before making empty threats. Babo Nimr; history will remember you as one of self-centered, mindless and opportunist tribal leader who failed to do his home work well. You shamefully misused the trust of your people and let them be used as militias to fight regime’s wars in every corner of Sudan, while you pocketed the price .By so doing you miserably wrote your people out of the map of Abyei and the entire Sudan. Stop crying and prepare yourself to carry your cows on your back after the referendum.

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  • 30 September 2010 10:17, by Thondet Manyang

    Dear Southerners from,
    It is immpossible that Arabs divided themselves and cofuse you saying that they are also from Abyei since Abyei is in Dinka Language not in Arabic.Therefore they shouldn’t pretend to be in Ngok area since they are gatherers and have only three months there as they claim. God help Ngok Deng Kuol from these evils!!!!!!

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    • 30 September 2010 10:55, by DASODIKO

      Its NCP threat not Messeriay tribes’ which consists of one million individuals to threaten the entire governemnt of South Sudan. So 30,000 troops deployed arround the boarders of the South Sudan is clear indication that National Congress Party has prepared itself for a war.
      Therefore;such threats is a message for the Governemnt of South Sudan to sharpen its spears.

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      • 30 September 2010 23:43, by Marco A. Wek

        Abbo Nimir is a stupid son of a bitch who do not know what he is talking about. When did Messeriya become Abyei citizens? Is it the preaching that Sadiq Al Mahdi and Omar Al Bishir put in their minds during the war that if they fight a long side them, they could loot anything they find in the South gave them right of Abyei citizenship?

        If that is the case, then you are wrong fool and the war you talking about will be your owner war. Yours masters that were backing are not going to back you up and this will be a chance for Southerners to get rid of you and your bandits Messeriya. Try your luck son of a bitch.

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  • 30 September 2010 17:11, by Kur

    Well, use of force to take somebody’s land may sound good to the ones who want to gain land that does not belong to them, but it will never be that simple. No one else will sit in Abyei other than Dinka Ngok. I think Nimir knows that this fact is not negotiable.


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    • 2 October 2010 01:13, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

      I am hoping that we should have another war after the independent of South Sudan from the north in January of 2011 if war the concept is an answer to the SPLM/A. I have to this say anyway; because our government of Southern Sudan is not being listen to the leaders from the Ruweng communities. Rick and Taban right now are unable to tell the truth on the border dispute between the people of Aloor and Panaruu.I wish Kiir will not die again like Garang before settling the borders issues between of our communities of Abyei, Aloor and Panaruu. I don’t see any reason behind people are saying Hilige would be given to Abyei while it is a true land of our forefathers of Aloor and Panaruu. Another thing that ,I want I want to ask from the people of Southern Sudan government is that why are they blind to judge the liar out from the fact or hear the truth being said by the leaders of these communities? Shame on Savla kiir for weak standing on the true of our people. After the spilt of the SPLA in 1991, Panaruu community and Aloor were not been fighting for Unity State, they were fighting because of this oil of which our brothers and sisters in Abyei were misled by the whole world as Heglig oil is their while they already have different one then the one of Heglig.


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