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Sudan’s SPLM rejects NCP’s proposal on Abyei


September 16, 2010 (MALAKAL) – A leading member of Sudan people’s Liberation Movement from the oil contested town of Abyei on Thursday objected a new proposal made by ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to make the region an "integration zone", split oil resources and give equal representation to Dinka Ngok and Misseriya in local administration and resources of the area.

The independent Al-Sahafa daily published the content of the proposal which was allegedly submitted by the NCP to the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM).

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 including huge areas of fertile land and one significant oilfield.

The former north-south foes, who formed a shaky national coalition government in 2005 had referred Abyei’s border to the PCA and both had agreed to abide by its ruling in 2009.

However, last month the presidential adviser for security affairs and former director-general of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Salah Gosh said that the PCA ruling “did not resolve the dispute”.

"The ruling did not resolve the dispute and was not adequate or fulfilling to the needs of both sides” Gosh said, adding that the two partners, the SPLM in south Sudan and the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in the north must “find new solutions”

Under the NCP proposal published by Al-Sahafa, the residents of Abyei from the Misseriya and Dinka Ngok would have dual citizenship of North and South should latter opt to secede in the 2011 referendum. Both tribes would have the right to exercise the executive and legislative authority.

Furthermore, the region would have the flags of the North and South on its territory and use both currencies and curriculum for local schools. All Northerners and Southerners would have access to Abyei.
The Misseriya and Dinka Ngok would rotate the chairmanship functions of the legislative and executive councils periodically. The legislative assembly would consist of forty members coming through elections but allocated equally between the two tribes.

The executive council would consist of the chairman, vice-president, head of public affairs division, head of services division, head of the Department of Finance and Economy, head of Security Service division and department of lands.

The allocation Abyei resources would be as follows; 20% to Abyei region, 40% to the North & 40% to the South.

Juac Agok, Deputy Chairman of the SPLM office in Abyei, categorically rejected the proposal saying it has "no basis".

“What is the basis of the new proposal, because the court ruling on Abyei and the provision of Abyei protocol in the comprehensive peace agreement are clear to all, especially the two parties,” said Agok who spoke to Sudan Tribune from Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal State

Miyen Alor Kuol, a member of the SPLM in a separate interview from Abyei echoed position of the SPLM deputy chairperson in the area, saying such attempt amounts to renegotiation of both the ruling of the PCA and comprehensive peace agreement and that is an unacceptable.

“The NCP has become a clear obstacle to implementation of the Abyei protocol because of oil. Some voices from national congress party are now giving unnecessary statements. They says they do not recognize ruling of the permanent court of Arbitration while they were the first to assure international community that they will accept decision of the court as final and binding,” said Kuol.

Quizzed on why the NCP appears to be reneging promise it made to honour the ruling as final and binding decision, he said, “The NCP is becoming an obstacle because they have realized that losing Abyei to the south will have dire economic effects. Their economy will collapse,” he adds.

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.


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  • 17 September 2010 09:05, by Lual Garang De Lual

    Shame on the NCP/NIF regime, how can they first accept the PCA ruling and they are reneging their feet now to implement it. SPLM/A is not asleep they know your plans, which is now coming into the front. SPLM had a counter plan because it is something you agreed at first. Anything rather than implementation of the PCA ruling is unacceptable to the SPLM/A and people of Southern Sudan in general

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    • 17 September 2010 13:58, by Simon Peter Wal

      this is abaseless proposal,should we Southerners expect just proposals from the north?.how come a neibhour pretends to be the master of your house and offers proposals in how to steer your house affairs?.this need to be rejected immediatly and only Abei Area Arbitration need to be implemented.

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    • 19 January 2013 12:16, by chalbhtho

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  • 17 September 2010 09:20, by Akuma

    National Congress party (NCP) need more consultation from Abyei people if they are really from Northern Sudan. You can’t forces Abyei people if they belong to such people. If I may ask Some Arabs about Abyei that, Do we have other Dinka tribe in Northern Sudan? some may said no because Dinka only belong to Southern Southern and there is no need to for NCP to look after Abyei. They reason for NCP to behind Abyei, is Oil in their areas but there is alternative for that.

    International communities or other organisations need their hands to be tighten over the Abyei issue because it belong to Southern Sudan.

    If not, then other war may breakout because of Abyei issue.


    Dr. Akuma

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    • 17 September 2010 10:30, by Kon Paul Awenchol

      Problem of Abyei is still a Polyarchy.
      NCP/NIF they Islamic brotherhood in Sudan is still dragging their feet in the oil rich area of Abyei to exacerbated the Comprehensive peace Agreement which was sign to end the African Longest Civil War for 21 years [CPA]. then i think NCP has been doing all her costs from the wealth of Southern Sudan by which they will remain Southern Sudan tongue cheeks. it is a time now for they people of the South to bury the divisive politics of the past and protect their resources,"Enough is Enough", Abyei to be annexed again to Northern part of Sudan will never happen till you claim the heaven to come closer to solve the problem,God may judge it.

      NCP/NIF antagonized sort of imperialism since the coming of Arab to Sudan will soon be boxdown,why? which consultation do they need again from Abyei community,no! that is how people keep back themselves,we can’t agree with that perilous talk and consultation,referendum of Southern Sudan is ’Inevitable" said by Hillary Clinton, so NCP can’t ride our back unless they re bent, and that lie can never live. selling lies to the public will never award them any benefit. let’s NCP cause another riot in Abyei it will still remain as the language of unheard but to do that again,every action as it own opposition reaction.Bravo, SPLM has a mandate role to defend the territory that is concern to the Southerners it is right at a time to rejected all these statements made by NCP/NIF Islamic brotherhood in Sudan in doomed dark sense that has drive them via insanity.

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  • 17 September 2010 10:10, by Padiet Deng Alony

    SPLM should ignore that proposal, ncp is like a mad dog do not where to rest working whole day and night. that is unrealistic proposal even high school student can not thinks of it.

    you nif/ncp have no room to decieve SPLM/A Southern Sudan has gone with Abyei, Southern Blue Nile and Nuba Mountian to form a New Nation free of terorrists.

    Remember Mazlum Battalion.

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  • 17 September 2010 10:58, by biarawieu

    NCP are eager for the posible way of cacellation of southerners Referendum by any mean, but we shouldn,t accept their bullshit decision. so by this critical time southerners need to be careful they will try to used many trick.

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  • 17 September 2010 19:02, by Kur

    Unless the author of this NCP proposal is mad, I do not see the sense of this gesture. To hell with all your rubbish.


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  • 18 September 2010 05:45, by David Arok

    It was presumptuous of the NCP regime to start by reconsidering the interest in the oil rich region on the bases of the reward that NCP will get from the allocation of oil revenues. I suppose the northern government does not recognise the repercussion if Abyei is considered as a integration zone. This will be a second west bank where either Palastians or Isrealites claim the ownership of that territory and therefore becomes a disputed zone for decades . If NCP was a party grounded on democratic believes, rather than a party govern by bureaucratic elites in the name of Islamic, then I have no doubt that this proposition will be decline. We need to come up with the strategic resolution that will recognise that Abyei is the Dinka Ngok region, but still acknowledged that Misseriya have right to be treated with fairness as a citizen of Sudan and our good neighbours if we go for succession with the Northern Sudan. Southerners will still offered the services that will allows them to lives and prosper.

    I suppose that this proposal is controversial in a way that we endeavoured to add a new material into comprehensive peace agreement(CPA) documentation. We citizen who love to see our country prosper and converging into development, eradicating food security, improving health services, confronting the insurgent and dealing with the challeges of twenty-first-century need to be watchful to anything that might derail the refrendum. If Abyei uses the flag of the two state then we have already created a confussed system between the two countries. Presume that succession is the upshot of refrendum.

    which army will operate in the region for security purposes if join-integrated-army period expired with CPA?

    Do we keep JIA even if CPA document is invalide?

    If JIA is the case, which documentation will replace the CPA?

    In case of natural calamities, like flood which government will take the reponsibility of providing services into the region?

    If there are no resolution in all the protocols pledged in the CPA during six years interim period; what will we do in the six month of the post-refrendum, are we inexorable that we will compromise to resolution that will be just to all the inhabitance of these region? We all need to be vigilant to this complex issue that require precise analysis to both benefits and the disadvantages of the outcome. Khartoum government need the weakest position to put CPA into jeopardy. So the government of southern Sudan need to be watchful in every innovation this intransgent regime in Khartoum which used the divide and rule for the benefits of the few elite and not for all citizen.

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    • 18 September 2010 07:25, by pol d

      What is the meaning of separation?
      If things are still to be share no need
      South Sudan is leaving totally.
      Sharing with
      Misseriya is better to share
      With our brothers/sisters
      From Northern Uganda special
      Acholi people, because Mr.Kony.
      His politics will dead soon.


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