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Sudan’s NCP warns against unilateral referendum in Abyei


November 4, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The northern Sudan ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has warned its peace partner and southern Sudan ruling party SPLM against organizing unilaterally a popular vote on the future of Abyei which lies on the North-South border.

Didiri Mohamed Ahmed (Reuters)
The Abyei Referendum Commission has not yet been formed due to differences between the NCP and SPLM over who will participate in the referendum. The NCP says all the population of the oil producing area, including the Misseriya tribe who enter the region for a few months a year are eligible, while the SPLM says only the Dinka Ngok can vote.

In October, the signatories of the 2005 peace agreement failed to agree on the voter eligibility during a series of talks brokered by the US envoy to Sudan Scott Gration held in Addis Ababa.

A senior NCP member, Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, who is in charge of Abyei file on Thursday accused the SPLM of preparing to annex Abyei to southern Sudan before or at the same time as the south’s referendum on full independence.

Dirdiri who was addressing a meeting of the NCP members from the Dinka Ngok youth organized at the headquarters of the ruling party in Khartoum, warned that if the SPLM undertakes such measures it would be a "flagrant violation of the Abyei Protocol and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement" (CPA).

He further stressed that the Interim Constitution provides that none of the two parties can amend the 1956 border before the referendum is conducted.

"If the parties do not agree on an alternative for the referendum there is no way to amend the border unilaterally," he said.

The NCP delegation to Addis Ababa meetings said in a press conference held in Khartoum in October that it was not possible to hold Abyei referendum as scheduled on January 9. It called further to discuss other alternatives including the delay of the referenda.

The official responsible for the Abyei dossier said the NCP informed the former South African President Thabo Mbeki who is leading the ongoing efforts to broker a solution for the row over Abyei Referendum about this "dangerous development".

Mbeki who chairs the African Union High Level Panel on Sudan on Monday announced the adjournment of talks between the two partners of the 2005 peace agreement scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on 27 October without indicating when they would meet.

Nonetheless, he stressed that this postponement will not affect the ongoing preparations to hold the referendum on 9 January as scheduled. He added the parties need more time to agree on the agenda of the talks.

In accordance with the CPA, the population of Abyei is invited to decide whether they want to be part of the north or a possible new country in the south. This vote will take place simultaneously with another one on self-determination in Southern Sudan.


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  • 5 November 2010 09:16, by Mawa Alson

    i am shocked to hear the availability of NCP Ngok dinka Youth. it is very unfortune to find my self in one nation with people with out sense of direction (Dinka). you Ngok youth, what future do you imagine if NCP will annex Abyei to the North. let me tell you sodomy will be the only runsom to save you existance.

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    • 5 November 2010 11:00, by Marial Mangar Akol

      Sudan’s NCP warns against unilateral referendum in Abyei.
      then why do shocked is this Abyei youth or a party (NCP)? you people don’t put wrong accuses randomly.

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      • 5 November 2010 17:50, by Ahmed Chol

        Correction from Khartoum
        There is nothing such as NCP Dinka Ngok youth. What the (NCP) was talking to were just a small number of few thieves that were collected from the streets of Khartoum. They selected the most dark skinned boys to make them not look odd when compare to residents from Abyei. They were given clothes and small amounts of money. They are being asked to organize and protest in the streets of Khartoum under the title youth from Dinka Ngok wanting Abyei to be part of the North. In fact they are not even from Ngok community. They those street kids that that are sometimes known as SHAMAJIN in Khartoum. Most of them are from corners of Sudan and are born out of wedlock by irresponsible parents. You know, they the (NCP thugs) put this piece of information into the news to make appear as if there is youth from Abyei supporting the NCP. This is not true. And Who doesn’t know the tactics of this thuggish regime? They rule by misinforming the public. The NCP yearns for unity but this option will propel the whole country backward hundred years in turmoil without any progress at all despite the riches of the country. with unity more civil wars are on the way.

        Ahmed Chol, the future commander of Anya-nya III if the south joins the north.

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        • 5 November 2010 18:18, by John M. Atem

          Ahmed Chol,
          Iam sorry my brother there are a lot of Dinka Ngok Youth in Khartoum.
          This is not the National Congress Party fictional made up nonsense. There is an element of truth to what they are saying. I have been saying it many times that Abyei Issue should be properly handled by people of Abyei. What we can do is to help them to realize their long-yearned goal of freedom.

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    • 5 November 2010 18:04, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      It won’t be a surprise if heavy war breaks out between khartoum government and Southern Sudan. The delayment of ABYEI referendum is not a laughing matter even if Dinka Ngok forgets of being the indigenous people of Abyei and allowing foreign tribe called Misseriya which is a total Arab.

      We shall not leave Abyei even if it means death.

      Go the cowardice people who think remaining in the north is better than owning your home land.
      God who created people of Abyei in Abyeiland will judge the matter between strong people & weak ones. May almighty God this year bring the suffering of Southerners from the hands of Arabs to an end.

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  • 5 November 2010 12:32, by emadven

    be it cheap NCP they losing war in Darfur and still talk empty threats..

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  • 5 November 2010 12:59, by Sudan virus

    Ok if you do not want unilateral declaration of Abyei belonging to the south ,then speed up the referendum arrangements.

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  • 5 November 2010 13:09, by Padiet Deng Alony

    The term warning by nif/ncp is not functioning at this time.
    SPLM will too warn you the idiot,greedy and mental retardated nif/ncp who do not anticipate how future will be.

    One question, is it written in Abyei protocol that messiriya arab are eligble to vote with Dinka Ngok?, if not, then no way for that rigidity of ncp.

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  • 5 November 2010 13:51, by Odongi Ayahu

    The Dirdiri hypocritical denial of an agreement Known CPA is amazing. The Dirdiri of man is driven by his party’s greed. What violation is short of reneging from Abyei protocol that gives Dinka Ngok the right to exercise self determination; to decide either to honour the annexation to Southern Kordofan or join the Independent Southern Sudan? Those interpretations are clearly enshrined in the CPA which he Dirdiri of NCP negotiated in Naivasha.

    I am also amazed on the behaviour of Abyei Youth having given Dirdiri a forum knowing the man comes from nomadic arab tribe of Meseria. What benefit will the Youth gain from such personality?

    Abyei Dinka Ngok need to put their act together before seeking the ever unwavering support Southerners gives to the enclave. The South will never compromise the freedom of its people in Abyei but pledged to say “over our dead bodies”

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    • 5 November 2010 16:46, by Alier Mareet

      This is totally absurd to hear that there are Abyei youth for NCP discussing their future with the enemy. You people of Abyei need to show the Southern Sudanese masses that you are ready to join south by any means, be it a war, ballot, or negotiation in order to have faith in you.
      Furthermore, much of the blame can be directed to your leaders who signed the deal to transfer Abyei to north in 1905. Please, please get mobilized and help liberate yourselves before the rest will join you in full scale war if norh absolutely failed to recognize your given rights by CPA and PCA.
      Alier Kuereng

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      • 5 November 2010 19:17, by lino

        No Abyei son or daughter signed any deal in 1905. Please guys read books and search about the truth within Abyei. Based on the British Intellect Authorities during 1905, Abyei, Twic Area, and Ruweng Area were caved to Kordofan Province by the British Authorities so that the Governor who was a british man can solve the problems of these tribes (Messiria, Dinka Ngok, Dinka Ruweng, and Dinka Twic) all together than having three governors meet and discuss. That was the white man idea.
        In 1931, Twic and Ruweng were sent back to where they were taken and Abyei was left behind for them being close in boarder with Messiria with whom fightings happened all the time.
        So, that was in short how Abyei was left, but I have a short history that I can send to whoever needs it to understand more. So, we don’t talk or write out of facts.
        Last Saturday, we were in a conference here in Calgary, Canada that was orginized by Messiria Group with some Canadian Foreign Affairs Officials and some orginizations, and we did showed up to their surprise and we presented our case in full.
        NCP needs to be pressured and twisted to allow the two referundas to take place in time and letter.
        Good jobs guys for making things work for the best of our people.

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    • 5 November 2010 17:00, by lino

      I tell you guys if they have a vedio for that meeting, you will see that they only collected Misseria youth and call them Dinka Ngok Youth. That is a big lie. How come the same Dinka Ngok Youth came out last October, 2010 asking the UN to interfer in Khartoum and participating again in this meeting imposible. This new is to try to divide people only.
      If NCP has a big number in Abyei, why they did go to Abyei town and do this meeting there. You will hear next that the WAR started right on.
      Abyei issues are being discuss in Abyei town and not any where. NCP can collect youth from any where in Khartoum and call them Dinka Ngok.
      Two month ago when Commander Edward Lino visited Calgary, Canada, he said since the signing of CPA, NCP has only three people in there membership from ABYEI namely uncle Zakaria Atem, Ayoum Matet, and Adam Yak no more, and there membership is not increasing even.
      That is why I am saying, if they need to have a meeting with Abyei sons and daughter let they go to ABYEI Town... Period.

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      • 5 November 2010 17:20, by Ito

        Khartoum regime should not waste their time on the Abyei issue. Abyei is hundred percent a land of south sudan and nothing else. It is however, up to the Dinka Ngok to proudly vote to determine their destiny as per CPA. The real citizens of Abyei are not the Messirya but the Dinka Ngok. History says the Messirya came from the North to the southern Abyei land some years back in search of grazing land and period. Any reasonable person would not waste his/her time debating on this unique case.

        Of course unilateral declaration of the land is possible if NCP continues to disrupt the timely conduct of the Referendum. Abyei and South sudan plebiscite should go concurrently as agreed in the CPA. It is also worth mention that South Sudan needs the full support of the Abyei people before unilateral declaration. Goss will therefore have a case to present to the world that NCP are dragging the timely conduct of Abyei referendum and that they are unilaterally declaring Abyei as part of South sudan as per their choice.

        May God continue to walk with the people of South Sudan. South sudanese, let us be united. They say "Those who are not united cannot see their enemies"

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  • 5 November 2010 17:58, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Even if heaven and earth collide to stop Abyei and South Sudan referenda, both will be conducted or both separate at NCP illiterates’s watch.
    Fuck Muslim north Sudan idiots of NCP!!!????

    I wish all these guys dead if these referenda are not carried out in peace!!

    Akolde, the Commander of Liberation Movement for South Sudan and Abyei Oyeee


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  • 5 November 2010 23:02, by mass

    It is really pathetic to keep hearing NCP officials sending contradictory subjective statements about Abyei referendum. Any reasonable and responsible party will not duel many times on the issue it has agreed to be solved by a neutral party such as (PCA) permanent court of arbitration. Geography proves that Abyei is part of south Sudan and the inhabitants of Abyei who are Deng Ngoks, are naturally south Sudanese before Abyei has been transfered to Kordofan under the imperial colony
    There is no wonder they are such group of pathetic scoundrels and pricks devoid of truthful and peaceful commitments in regard to the implementation of accords they make with their political opponents a cross the country.
    NCP is egoistical party-kind of party that always considers and perceives the propositions of other political parties as trivial. If NCP was a genuine and flexible party there should not be any questions about its slow motion in resolving all the agreements it is obliged to implement.
    No matter how much they dishonor peaceful accords this time they cannot. So, both south Sudan and Abyei referendum therefore be conducted simultaneously according to comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) period.
    God Bless Southern Sudan. For its citizens value peaceful existence among themselves.
    Make Easy What Seems to Them Difficult and Possible What Seems to Them Impossible.

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