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SPLM Chairman declares acceptance of Abyei ruling


By James Gatdet Dak

July 22, 2009 (JUBA) – The Chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has declared the acceptance of the ruling on the boundaries of the disputed area of Abyei by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague.

VP of South Sudan government, Dr. Riek Machar form The Hague informing by phone Sudan’s FVP and GOSS President Salva Kiir about the award of Abyei Arbitration Tribunal on July 22, 2009 (photo Moses Lomayat)

Salva Kiir Mayardit who also wears two other hats as the First Vice President of Sudan and President of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan, shortly after the ruling on Wednesday, issued an official statement urging the people of Abyei, Southern Sudan, Sudan and international community in general to stand behind the ruling and support its implementation.

On Wednesday, in The Hague, the Permanent Court of Arbitration redefined the new boundaries of Abyei in a ruling which was final and binding.

Delegations of the SPLM, led by the Deputy Chairperson, Dr. Riek Machar and the National Congress Party’s led government of Sudan, led by Al-Diri Diri Mohamed, attended the declaration of the ruling in The Hague.

Dr. Riek Machar in a statement shortly after the announcement of the ruling described the verdict on Abyei as a “victory for the Sudanese people and victory for peace” in the country. Aldiri Diri also called the ruling a “victory.”

In Juba, citizens generally welcomed the ruling, but were quick to express their concern that the contested oil fields of Higlig had fallen outside of Abyei boundaries to the east.

Higlig oil fields were contested between Abyei Area, Southern Kordufan and Unity state.

The Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, Michael Makuei Lueth, explained in a televised interview after the ruling that the fate of the area under which Higlig oil fields fall will be resolved in the North-South border demarcation process.

“What we want is Abyei Area [of nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms] not oil fields,” he explained, adding that the issue of Higlig oil fields will be tackled by the North-South Border Committee.

The contest on the fate of the oil fields in the next stage will be between Southern Kordufan and Unity state; both of which counter-claim the ownership of the territory in accordance with the January 1, 1956 North-South boundary.

Arop Madut, member of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly in Juba representing Abyei Area, described the ruling as a “big achievement,” adding that it had brought back to Dinka Ngok their territory which was claimed by the Meserriya tribe.

He added that it was now clear what constituted the Ngok Dinka territory that will vote in the 2011 referendum to either join the South or remain with the North.

The details in the document on the Court’s ruling are yet to be availed to the public for clarity.


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  • 23 July 2009 03:23, by David Chiengkou

    I support the statement by H:E the Minister of legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (Michale Makuei Lueth) we need Abyei not the oil, the rest can be resolve later.


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    • 23 July 2009 07:57, by da vinci the great


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      • 23 July 2009 16:11, by Dhieu Dok Minyang Monyjok

        Don’t say we! You and who? You are hopeless, egoncentric, tribalist, evil-minded and a bootlicker reaping the benefits of betrayal.

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    • 23 July 2009 11:26, by Ajawuk Juma

      To Dear SPLM/GOSS leadership,

      Thanks you for job well done. Through your hard work and sacrifices toward Abyei borders that why we achieve the results of today. I hope you will do more.

      We rallying behind you!!!!

      That what fought for, I still remember my DADDY who sacrificed his life for sake of me and others.

      Thank Daddy I appreciate!!!

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      • 23 July 2009 21:37, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

        I`m Sorry Juma.If your beloved father had really died as a result of Southern strugggles,your father is hero and you`re also a victim and a symbol of struggle MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNITY.SOUTHERN SUDAN MUST BE A COUNTRY BY ALL MEANS THOUGH SOME OF OUR SIBLINGS ARE EVER FULLING US BACK!!

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    • 23 July 2009 11:53, by Dan

      i don,t agree wit SPLM chairman declares acceptance of Abyei ruling,because Sudan has been in finance crise while we re sharing oil wit North and if Heglig and Bamboo oilfields re given to Arab then what will be happen to South? while u have not stop driving Hummars and stealing government money and less u stop massive corruption plus stealing public properity,
      am calling upon the GOSS employees to a sure u that due to Abyei ruling border now, u will be pay salary after three months period if u re like because the North will be powers of delaying ur salary witout talk .
      who know what was cause of twenty two years old war in Sudan? why do u accept ruling simple like then let us see what will be happen in future bt i don,t went to hear complaint againt unless East and West of Abyei border which is remain now

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  • 23 July 2009 04:22, by Bol Akoch Buoi

    Congratulations to GOSS and people of Sudan for their hard work to redefine Nine Ngok Dinka referred in 1905. You have done an exceptional work, now only left is it implementations, but indeed you will fulfill. The challenge remain with people of Abyei, the Nine Ngok Dinka whether they will decide to remain North or rejoin South, the choice is absolutely their. My message to people of Abyei is that, you cannot be blamed for the passed, simply because none of you was in a decision making at the time of transfer. But today you have a lots to do and people of Southern Sudan are with you. You will never be alone, but you need to educate some citizens in Abyei who might have lost their self esteem. Who do not know who they are, this is a difficult task but we cannot give up.

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    • 23 July 2009 06:39, by Pandit

      This situation was created by this fucken guy Riak. if he was not stoubed us in the back whole country is suppose to be under spla control.

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      • 23 July 2009 07:14, by Albee

        I disagreed with the ruling because Heglig is the land of Unity State as Panaruu,so it is not for Abyei or north. I do ask officials of Unity State to take immediately action in order to claim their own land back from the north.I hate those who stand for money not for people.Peace is my goal and equality is my idea.

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        • 23 July 2009 07:40, by MMEE

          Albee, what kind of peace are you talking about!!!?
          if you mean CPA peace with khartoum, i do beleave that peace have been resident in on side which in southern sudan.
          how mony peace deals, southern had been signed with khartoum and all of them died. moreover, the same illness had hapened with north’s peace and east’s peace. my question is,
          why you "southern sudan people" don’t learn from the pass!?

          Abyei has lost some lands should be a part of abyei or southren but it will be up to the (GOSS)if they want them back.

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      • 23 July 2009 07:37, by Albee

        Riek is doing what Panaruu should not forget forever because whole Panaruu were not supporting his party before that’s why he ceritfied with the ruling;however,it will turn to his own backyard later.Arabs will classify as one in some days come.Peace is my goal and equality is my idea.

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      • 23 July 2009 08:20, by Dool Dit

        Dear Pandit
        Your comment show that you are foolish and a child concerning Abyei issue please observe the following tips for you to know.
        1.Your parents dinka sell out their land to Arab and they accepted to be converted to Islam
        2.The problem of Abyei have been discussed in 1972 Agreement your dinka ngok refused to be part of south sudan.
        3.In 1956 Dinka Ngok accept to be transfered to south Khordofan because they thought that staying with arab is a safe heaven.
        4.The dinka community in Renk northern upper nile state is another Abyei as they turned up to Islam and arab use the channell as the Islam brother-hood while you don,t want to talk to them now.

        .Who do you think will discipline dinka community in south sudan while their talent is only food?
        .Abyei was sold out in 1905 by your grandparent why do you want to put it on Riak who was not even born that time when ngok dinka exchanged the land for food?

        Please write a comment when you have study the situation and the route cause of the problem-your parent are the route cause not Riak


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        • 23 July 2009 09:07, by Abyei

          Dear cool
          Neither you nor Pandit you have the foolishness as you had mentioned at your both comment, How did you know that Abyei was sold to Arabs? Is’t the one causes the wars in whole Sudan,from the begining what was the roots Causes of Sudan’s Civil wars? You have to fine out? Please I a void both of you to buy the book of Mr:Douglas H.Johnson the name of book’s called African Issue! Take care for yourself and enjoy reading your fake comment.


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          • 24 July 2009 11:26, by Dool Dit

            Dear Cangath

            I know Iam a foolish as you mention but which war do you mean?
            what type of knowledge you wanted to tell me I know the route cause not Abyei since Anya-nya one Anya-nya two known as SPLA .
            If it was not sold out what brought Arab to Abyei while other states in south sudan does not have Arab with exception of traders only

            When did Arab occuppied Abyei can you tell me exactly which year and who knows?

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    • 23 July 2009 07:19, by MMEE

      Bol Akoch Buoi, Dinka Ngok started difinding themselves from arab-government of khartoum since the british was in sudan. No any tripe wan’t help us that time. Because they had used to say (abyei is nieghboor to arab so thy will solve thier problem by them-selves; in addition, thy no each others. then the leader of dinka ngok nine tripes had saw his people had travalled through all thouthern but he got no help. people of were almost going to be wibed out from the earth. because of the long fight with the center gov. malishes with out help from all dinka trips or southrn people. He used his thought for saving his people and that how the transifear came from.

      abyei has been fighting side beside with southern people because they pleave that ( Arab-gov of khartoum has been the only animy to all southern including abyei) while southern people have been having two animies: gavernment of khartoum and people of Abyei which southern call them ARAB, too.

      now thouthern have to step up for restoring the self esteem you just manchned in your thought. self esteem

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  • 23 July 2009 07:26, by Augustino

    Abyei of Kuol Arop Biong oyee,Abyei of Dinka Ngok oyee, Abyei my neighbour and Brothers, and sisters’ land oyee.
    I am happy and welcome the rulings on the Abyei boundries. My father Deng Makoot Madut Atem from Basher Battlion of Murmor division was killed in action of Dukura of northern Ngok of kuol Arop Biong in July 1986. we did not regret for his death as the fact of which Abyei is belong to Dinka has now come and we seeing him now in the vision of Southerners that Abyei will be ours one day one time yes this is the time and this is the day we were talking about.
    Salva Kiir and our leaders we are with you go a head to resolve the case of heglig quickly as we know it is belong to the Unity state and God is witness that this area is belong to people of Naath (Nuer)
    "bird in hand worth two in the bush" abyei is at hand now.
    welcome back the rich land of rich people.
    Augustino Makuc Dengmakoot.

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  • 23 July 2009 08:18, by Father Critic

    Well done our vice president,Riak Machar Teny for your participation in Hague. We shall forgive you your mistakes but remember we will not forget them.

    Critic Ngueny from Bor town

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  • 23 July 2009 08:22, by BUSTA 2

    Dinkas has let Southernese to lost Oil field Areas!!!

    Shame on you(Dinkas) it is your faults which has led to lost of Oil field area to the North. See how you mess up with money in Juba town just buying Hummers how could the court give oil field to such people who doesn’t know how to use Welth of Sudan.

    2011 is just at the corner and am sure you (Dinkas) have started telling people to vote tor unity. What hell are upto??

    So you have enough place now in Abyei why can’t you leave Equatoria and join your Brothers in Abyei??

    Brother in Christ,

    Busta 2

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    • 23 July 2009 08:49, by Flora Tong

      You have no idea what is all this about!!!! it is about pride and land that Dinka ngok suffered years for and went to die during the liberation! How many of Dinka Ngok died? How many are now ruling in the country??? Just sit and ask who are the most near people to Arab? They are Dinka ngok who know Arab in day to day life and their meanness.

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    • 23 July 2009 08:52, by Albee

      Ruweng Dinkas of Unity State has to prepare for another legal arbitration over the unfair and unjust ruling of Heglig. Heglig is the territory of Panaruu and Alor( Ruweng Dinkas of Unity State). It is upto the Ruweng people to determine whether to secede with their annexed land or South Sudan must declare war to fight back for Heglig. It is the only source of revenue for the South Sudan and must not be given up to the North. I call upon the Ruweng politicians, MPs, Commissioners, students and higher intellectuals wherever they are to demonstrate and react quickly to the flawed ruling by the PCA. It is maddening and completely unacceptable. It is a call for another squabbling at the South-North. Ruweng is not immuned from fighting for its land.

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      • 23 July 2009 09:17, by Rodolfo Riak

        Dear Readers:

        I am really not getting some of you most of the time. Riak Machar have nothing to do with Panaru land or oil fied. Riak re-joined SPLA after Abyei map was already send to Machakos already. We have to know first who drew the Abyei map and when was that happened?. Where were Panaru people at that time?. Do you want to say no one from Panaru knows about that before the map was send to Hague. There are many letters from Panaru community in the offices of southern sudan government. But something went wrong down there, which I believe not Riak Machar who block the claim or hided the letters. Lets not call west to be east and later we blame the earth when the sun rise from the direction you named to be west. let us blame the one who put these oil field in Abyei map in the first place.

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      • 23 July 2009 11:12, by DHARCHEP

        Hey Mr Albee,

        I really appreciated your comment very much more than anything else. But, I know that it is very painful to you and I as a native of Dinka Ruweng of Abiemnom county in Unity State. The annexed of Ruweng Higlig was something unexpected to be happen by chance, but it was thought that the SPLM/SPLA is above all everything in Southern Sudan. Today, it really come in to my attention that if there is no any minister in the region, than that region is worthless and it should not be represented.

        Indeed, it has happens now in Southern Sudan. Deng Alor, was from Abyei and that is why Abyei is annexed to Southern Sudan. But since Ruweng Region is not represented, then that is why it is vulnerable to anything because no one had mentioned and supported that region on behave of the Civilians of Ruweng people and Panaruu people. Ruweng people fought in the SPLA and if I’m not wrong, then here are the Mour Muor battalions in which Dinka Ruweng people belong: Shark battalion, Wolf Battalion, Abushok battalion, Ghol Battalion as well as Jamus Battalion and some part of Mia-Haruba and Mia-Kamtha(104-105)Battalions. Beside that, we have Bilpam Battalion from Koryom which is the largest Battalion in Koryom. That Battalion composed of the People of Dinka Panaruu and so many others battalions in the SPLA.

        In fact, if people of Dinka Ruweng(Abiemnom county) and Dinka Panaruu(Panrieng county) know that Higlig in which these two Dinkas shared together will be annexed to the North, then these two Ethnic Dinkas group could not took up arms and fought with the Arabs since 1983 until CPA was signed. How are we going to remember the heroes of these two Dinkas Ethnic Groups in such kind of way? Just as an example even if I’m not going to mentioned those two Dinkas whose people who died in the war zones, then what about the chanter LUOL CHOL, from Bilpam Battalion who was killed at Kapoeta in 1994? Did SPLA forget about this person and the songs he used to sung to Koryom Battalion?

        Now I see that some people in Southern Sudan were just dangling around knowing nothing to do and they are used as the shields. Indeed, some people were very happy about the death of the Late Dr John Garang De Mabior, but today, both Dinka Ruweng of Abiemnom and Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng will recalled John Garang Spirit to hover and see the Higlig since the Chairman of GOSS fail to address the issue of Ruweng Higlig oils. So, Mr Albee, these two Dinkas Communities in Unity State have already contributed their willingness to fight Arabs, but because no one represent them, that is why this area is abandonedly annexed to the North. Anyway, I will not go further, but I do shed my tears on behave of our fallen heroes of Dinkas Ruweng of Abiemnom and Dinka Panaruu of Panrieng who fought with hope that their vision will be maintained, but in reality, their vision is vision less. "They contributed their souls for the seek of Southern Sudan Freedom, but indeed, their souls hit the nails," otherwise. May Almighty God blessed the souls of these martyrs. Once again, thank you so much Mr Albee,for your comment and if you deserve these two Dinkas in Unity State, then I would like to encouraged you and the rests of the others people who deserves these people in order to pray and ask God for the inconveniences which are alleged in Higlig. Thank you and God bless you.


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        • 24 July 2009 02:24, by Albee

          Hello people who love their people,
          I do thank those a lot and I ask God to bless their hearts. Abyei let’s down and back us to war again as Panaruu. Panaruu will not stand for money like Abyei did because Abyei sold our land (Heglig) to north for money illegal.If we have a good SPLA/SPLM now like Dr.Garang did,I need the president Kiir and his V.P to make a good statement about Panaruu concerns for stupid ruling for both sides.I do not believe Panaruu was given a map ,or note for Heglig’s issue. If anyone says yes,she/he needs to give me that.

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    • 23 July 2009 09:11, by mijuan

      Hey Mr Busta,

      You are chicken ass. If you always dreamed in order for Dinkas people to leave Juba, then forget about it. How come that a master can leave you without giving you a knowledge or experience? Remember that if Dinkas people miss Arabs, then Dinkas people will not miss you people of Equatorian. You are full of Shit and you are the people whom Arabs people use to fuck and bribe you so that you can come and kill other tribes in Southern Sudan. Take for example, when SPLA captured Yei town in 1997, about 1500 people from Khartoum Government army were captured in Yei town. Amongst those people from Khartoum Government who were captured by the SPLA, 500 hundred people were from Equatora especially Bari tribe, Kuakua, Abakoya, Latuka, Digdiga, Ngalaam, Murle and Azande as well as other tribes such as Acholi and Kachipo.

      So, you better not to intimidate Dinkas. Arabs know Dinkas people very well more than other tribes in Sudan. Meanwhile, I can not negotiate anything with you since your ass belong to Dinkas.

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      • 23 July 2009 11:43, by Hillary B.M.L,M

        Hay! This is not a joke here, thing is on ground remain implementation, do not repeat this, tribalism and nepotism is what resulted there in Hugue. fuck you every Tribalists.

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    • 24 July 2009 05:33, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny


      Don’t be too excited, wait until 2011. This court is political Propaganda. Abiei, Nuba and Blue Nile are the owners of SPLA/M. how could people who were fighting for the cause be giving themselves away again? SPLA/M is for the whole sudan. We did not get Khartoum yet.

      I guest if SPLA/M is still carrying a positive idea of liberation to free every marginalize people and everyone in slave up north; will be helpful for us to get more popular support than separation as some of us do.

      There is no another land on this planet, that god will give it to us than the Sudan we have today. If we give someone parts away, to the invaders who will not let us sleep down here in the south. Let us not cage ourselves. the world is pushing themselves with the big butt.

      Don’t for get, Arab is cousin to Caucasian white. They wanted them to have a little piece of Africa Land; As all of them needed to have parts in it. The Court is not African court bros/sisters. There is a hook.

      Thank you

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    • 24 July 2009 10:11, by Mayom hawk

      Dear Busta

      Southerners and especially Africans like Nubians, Fur, Zarghawa name them are humane. They don’t need their neighbors to suffer while they are enjoying. When you are not given oil or water to drink, what will you eat? Sand in the desert?

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  • 23 July 2009 09:48, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Acceptance mean Defeat in other way round and Victory mean win. This is all Dear Southerners. We are the losers, yes if we don’t reverse the policies, total change must take place in South Sudan Governing Structure if we want next time at least win and call it a victory as Dirdiry Mohammed happily put it. Those public money embezzlers must be deal with if we are to succeed next time. If i am not mistaken, South is rule by one originated mind, we should think to reconsider this system of i am who i am in South Sudan, this to bring so many minds together for the benefit of one successful decision.

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    • 23 July 2009 10:21, by KingJared

      Now you bring people to south and let the north takes oilfield. What do you think they will come to eat or do you expect them to come and graze the grasses, are they cattle. Every person has to imigrate with its food.
      Shame on you southerners. We need Ngok with all everything, whether it is human, insect, bird, plant, animal, and soil we must bring back to us.

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  • 23 July 2009 10:46, by AU in Arab blood

    ICC/PCA and AU(international community) bear same attitude towards ruling of cases between A STRONG community and A WEAK one-Suppressing the the latter.

    WHy run away from the ICC warrant against the up coming world supper president of Sudans Bashir indictment if your are not BIAS.

    The Western wants to win favor of the Eastern by suppressing the poor black AFRICAN, so that diplomatically they win victory over the Eastern.But this will never happen!
    The Eastern wants colonize Africa.

    The great African leaders in the international community only want to maintain their positions in the international community by just LOOKING ON AS TRADITION SAYS "THE WHITE AND THE ARABS ARE WHOLLY- MUST AWAYS BE LISTENED TO".Thob Bike former president of South Africa and his suseser Jacob Juma are tifical examples.




    I wish old greater African leaders Like Nelson Mandela of South Africa ,Sekouer Toure of Ghana and those whom i do know because of MY little education,get prund(become young again or come back to life)-NO WAY FOR THE POOR AGAIN IN THE MODERM WORLD!

    Any way,South still have enough oil and other mineral resources most lacking in the world.
    This is a lession to SPLM/Southerners of relying on the International community in every simple internal afairs.

    I am L N Joseph

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    • 23 July 2009 11:10, by Gorkuei

      Hey; guys.
      According to me this decision came to favorer the of North, because there is say that, the rope can cut on weaken part, the court know we are weak, not able to weight the war any longer that is why, and wealthy people have got the right always in the world, because many of us worship wealth then, GOD the father, to survive, you see even they give out the land with Dinka name like Deng who Massaryeri father name call Deng? Can court approve it for us? Like Hilij, people of Panriang were got displace during China with Arab agreed drill oil in that place, recently, killing children, mothers blind early people, and rename it while it was call Wunthou, and still given to them, as their right, justices is in the hand of GOD not son of Man with his ideas eat that money well bout you guy will heart it simpler like from Iran, afghan, China, Northern Korean, soon.
      Dear brothers, and sisters in Abyei let us keep quite, the will test consequences of this mistake sooner not then later, the will not heart or see were this money Hilij are moving too.

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