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Sudan to begin withdrawing from Abyei today, army official says

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May 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The official spokesperson of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad, has confirmed that they will immediately withdraw troops from the hotly contested region of Abyei.

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Sudanese Army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid speaks during a news conference in Khartoum May 28, 2012 (REUTERS)

Al-Sawarmi announced in a press conference held at the Sudanese defense ministry on Monday evening that the withdrawal process would start today, Tuesday 29 May.

His statement followed the release earlier on the same day of a SAF statement announcing the decision to withdraw and saying it was taken at the behest of the African Union’s (AU) mediator Thabo Mbeki.

SAF’s withdrawal comes as Sudan and South Sudan prepare to embark on a new round of talks set to start today in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa under the mediation of Mbeki’s African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

The withdrawal also followed an announcement by former US President Jimmy Carter from the capital Khartoum on Sunday that Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir said he was ready to pull troops out of Abyei.

Al-Sawarmi stated that the decision to withdraw was made on the request of Mbeki and as a sign of goodwill on the part of Khartoum ahead of the resumption of talks.

SAF occupied Abyei in May last year after its troops came under attack by southern forces. Later in June, Sudan and South Sudan signed an agreement stipulating the immediate withdrawal of their troops from the region, the deployment of UN Ethiopian peacekeepers and establishment of joint administrative and legislative bodies in the region.

However, both countries failed to uphold their commitment to withdraw until South Sudan did it earlier this month following a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ordering Khartoum and Juba to pull their troops out of disputed regions.

Khartoum initially said it would not withdraw troops unless joint administrative bodies are formed but has since come under intense pressure to take the same action as South Sudan.

SAF’s spokesman stressed that any potential agreement over the status of Abyei must guarantee the rights of Al-Misseria tribe as well as the non-occupation of the area by South Sudanese troops.

Abyei’s status was supposed to be determined via a referendum scheduled to take place in January last year but the vote stalled after Sudanese and South Sudanese leaders failed to agree on whether the Khartoum-backed Al-Misseria nomads, who cross into the region seasonally to graze their cattle, should be allowed to vote.

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  • 29 May 2012 08:12, by Akol Liai Mager

    Just go quietely, South Sudanese know that withdrawal means withdrawal. So, there will be no claims from the South that South Sudan army has eliminate 2Divisions from SAF in Abyei, or killed 2000 SAF soldiers. Only NIF in Khartoum can change withdrawal into victory and celebrate it for weeks as we have seen from Panthou when SPLA withdrew voluntarily under no military pressure.

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    • 29 May 2012 08:15, by Mi diit

      There is GREAT need for both UN and SPLA to verify the so-called withdrawal of SAF forces which is "to" begin today. No body trusts Khartoum in the whole world.

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      • 29 May 2012 08:18, by Mi diit

        Khartoum wants to use the withdrawal from Abyei as a bargaining chip at the talks in Addis Ababa today. They should also be told to withdraw from Panthou and six other locations along the border. Let the talks focus on border demarcation and referendum for Abyei.

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        • 29 May 2012 13:28, by Sudani+

          SS
          Stop lying and do use ur mind and do not be fooled by SPLM

          First they say if SAF do not withdraw by 16th of May zy are going to take Abyei, then said by the 20th of May and today is the 29th of May!!!!!
          second our government said it will withdraw after implementing the July 2011 agreement which requires establishment of the Abyei Administration and A joint Monitoring Commission and...

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        • 29 May 2012 13:28, by Sudani+

          and this what guaranteed by Mbikei and the Elderly Organization led by carter!!! understood!!!

          We are sure that SPLM/A as so coward and weak to make any such studied behaviors after the lesson of Heglig

          If SPLM wants war, it is better to say that clearly so that we do not waste our time in useless negotiation with useless SPLM!!!

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      • 29 May 2012 22:39, by P.K.M

        Sudan just played the game of mistrust clearly to South Sudanese, it’s already been morning of May 29, 2012 and yet no sign of withdrawal from SAF.

        It’s now confirmed that anything Sudan say will not be trusted. That’s a sad situation to the poor people in Sudan!

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    • 29 May 2012 08:59, by Pif Paf

      Akol,

      Dont try to convince yourself SPLM withdrew voluntarily from Higlieg because you sound like a fool. This withdrawal by SAF from Abeyi is voluntary because they withdrew under no threat. Unlike SPLM withdrawal whom were surrounded and defeated. All proof is their my friend, you just need to open your eyes.

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      • 29 May 2012 12:49, by eye-of-an-eye

        Pif Paf,
        Your the foolish pig in the mud, who don’t know what is going on, it was a greatpreasure by Former US pres. Jimmy,Security council and the owners of the land(South Sudanese). we always patients, but NCP do barks like mad dogs, you are the wellknown hipocrites and evils around the globe, just get out of our motherland, no body defeated SPLA in Panthou, we were volunteery withdrew.

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      • 29 May 2012 16:33, by South South

        You are sleeping very deep. NCP and SAF last week said that they will not withdraw from Abyei unless Abyei administration is set up. But today they are withdrawing without that condition with their legs on their shoulders. What is that tell you ? Huge pressure on them.

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      • 29 May 2012 18:23, by Hardball

        Pif Paf, if you think there is no threat of you withdrawing from Abyei, then you don’t need to do it?

        You in Sudan have been pretending to have no pain but you guys are terribly hurting economically. You want to play that highly irrational game?

        Let’s go ahead and do it, bear in mind, you’ll never have a singly inch of land that doesn’t belong to you in South Sudan!

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    • 29 May 2012 12:58, by Johndumo14

      Commencing from a point on the existing Province Boundary midway between Debba Mongok and Debba Karam Nyet (Lat. 9º 21? Long 28º 38?) the boundary runs in an easterly direction until it meets Khor Amadgora. Thence northwards to the Bahr el Arab leaving the village of Rumla Ngork to the Upper Nile. Thence in a N. Easterly direction to the Raqaba ez Zarqa at a point 1/2 mile west of Tibusia, thence

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    • 30 May 2012 10:57, by Johndumo14

      Why you Omar Hassan Albashir withdrew your troops in Abyei??
      Who told you to withdraw from Abyei? Because you said ,no body to tell you what to do! SPLA is not a rebels any more as you think. SPLA never use air power against your troops, ever since the war began 50 years ago.If you never change your tricks ,soon your troops will feel the Junibin Airpower.Simply khartoum people are envy.

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  • 29 May 2012 08:15, by SEE ME

    SUDAN is an open minded member of UN, AU, ALS, OIC and complies with regulations and rules.

    SUDAN will not never apply JUNGLE RULES like what SPLA/M is implementing in SOUTH SUDAN and not willing to listen

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    • 29 May 2012 08:18, by SEE ME

      AU and UN need 100 years to explain to SPLA/M the basic principles about the compliance with the rules and regulations well stated by AU and UN.

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      • 29 May 2012 09:05, by zulu

        Seek truth (SEE)
        YOU PATHALOGICAL LIAR. NEITHER THE UN NOR THE AU ARE 50 YRS. THE AU IS JUST THE YOUNGEST ORGANIZAATION IN THE WORLD. SO, STOP FOOLING YOURSELVE AS AN INTELLIGENT GOON, YOU DORK

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        • 29 May 2012 09:41, by SEE ME

          ZULU

          Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

          Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

          I HOPE THIS REPETITION WILL MAKE THE UNCHANGEABLE WILL CHANGE and act like HUMAN BEINGS.

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    • 29 May 2012 08:22, by Konybai

      SEE ME
      what happened to the conditions Northern Sudan (the arab want to be terrorists) put up for the withdrawal? they know this time if they don’t comply with AU roadmap/UNSC resolution. then Mighty SPLA will Kick their ASS. Mark my word.

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      • 29 May 2012 08:29, by SEE ME

        Konybai: born with bad language

        Most of SOUTHERN SUDANESE here in this website are very fluent in using bad, impolite, irrespectable, street women language and even behavior of bad boys.

        Is this what the universities and training centers in SOUTH SUDAN are developing the peoples there with it?

        I HOPE THIS REPETITION WILL MAKE THE UNCHANGEABLE WILL CHANGE and act like HUMAN BEINGS.

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      • 29 May 2012 08:40, by SEE ME

        Konybai

        Ask RIEK and KIR when they will fight each other again?

        They have no HUMAN PRINCIPLES in their sick minds. Their minds are flooded from HATRED, LOOTING and GENOCIDES.

        You have to know this fact:
        That they killed from SOUTH SUDAN 10 times greater than what SAF did it in fighting out laws.

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    • 29 May 2012 09:02, by Trust God 27

      Mr see me
      I have been reading ur comment, u always support Khartoum rather than tailing the truth, which regulation and rules Khartoum is complying with??? They are supposed to withdraw from Abyei since last year, keep playing around it will still come around you

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      • 29 May 2012 09:16, by SEE ME

        Trust God 27

        Abyei is the mixture of DINKA and MESEERIA married to each other and they were one big united family.

        But SPLA/M and some northern created this hatred among them.
        GOS and SPLA/M must leave the peoples of ABYEI to decide what they want.

        Do you believe in Democracy and HUMAN RIGHTS?

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        • 30 May 2012 10:48, by Trust God 27

          See me
          I 100% believe in Democracy and HUMAN RIGHTS but do you believe in it??? If so can you please tell me what dose Abyie mean? Which language is that??

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    • 29 May 2012 09:31, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      who cross into the region seasonally to graze their cattle, should be allowed to vote.
      SEE EVIL,what does this statement means to the whole world.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 29 May 2012 16:28, by South South

      SEE Ja’alin,

      Shut UP !!!. Your country is ruled by CRIMINALs wanted by ICC including the ahead of the country ( sitting president of a country is wanted for committed crimies). It never happened in the past and will not happen in the future. It was UN which asked ICC to go ahead and accused Bashir as a big criminal.

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    • 30 May 2012 10:35, by hellonearth

      SEE ME
      Sudanese economy is facing daunting challenges - IMF

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  • 29 May 2012 08:19, by E. Defense Forces
    • 29 May 2012 21:37, by Born-to-Rule

      E. Defense Forces,

      The people on this website appreciated you posting up the link, however, many do not understand what they are saying, because the speaking weird (Arabic) language which know one understand included me. If possible, can you or some enter subtitle/translate.

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  • 29 May 2012 08:22, by SEE ME

    SPLA/M only know how to open their big mouth and shout without any sort of well stated OBJECTIVES.

    It is the JUNGLE RULE that resides in ther empty minds

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    • 29 May 2012 08:44, by Akol Liai Mager

      The next few days are so crucial for NIF regime survival. There are strong allegations and gossips around in the Northern Sudan major cities about the pass on of Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and the liquidation of a fugitive governor Ahmed Haroun. The war within NIF itself is said to have surfaced. International observers are now watching closely the regime last breath.

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      • 29 May 2012 09:08, by Pif Paf

        The next few days are crucial for the survival of south sudan population, 4.7 million hungry with no money, no fuel and a defeated spla in higlieg.

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        • 29 May 2012 10:23, by Thorbanat

          SEE ME,
          Why should I see your ass you freaky ass hole. Man you gotta listen to the bad boys and if you wanna know the real shit, you gonna get it rough in this website. You talk always lot of shit you punk. Why can’t you mind your biz alter boy?

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          • 29 May 2012 10:34, by Thorbanat

            SEE ME,
            Khartoum was saying they will never withdraw till their security is guaranteed. Have it been done so? The SPLA had cable Barack and Ban Ki Moon that if the SAF don’t withdraw, then they are going full swing by June 15th, with the latest anti aircraft to Abyei and now Beshir is panicking.

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            • 29 May 2012 10:55, by Dinka land

              See you to delicate you. Abyei belongs to Dinka Ngok only. Missaraya are just a beggers of water and folder of animal. I want to assure you to day my dear waite and time will tell later.

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            • 29 May 2012 13:21, by Sudani+

              SS
              Stop lying and do use ur mind and do not be fooled by SPLM

              First they say if SAF do not withdraw by 16th of May zy are going to take Abyei, then said by the 20th of May and today is the 29th of May!!!!!
              second our government said it will withdraw after implementing the July 2011 agreement which requires establishment of the Abyei Administration and A joint Monitoring Commission and....

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            • 29 May 2012 13:26, by Sudani+

              and this what guaranteed by Mbikei and the Elderly Organization led by carter!!! understood!!!

              We are sure that SPLM/A as so coward and weak to make any such studied behaviors after the lesson of Heglig

              If SPLM wants war, it is better to say that clearly so that we do not waste our time in useless negotiation with useless SPLM!!!

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        • 29 May 2012 11:03, by Dinka land

          Chump halt talking against South Sudanese. Your coward army called SAF never beat our gallant army called SPLA. My friend how was it when SPLA was in Pathou? Tell me. We know your cowardice ya mieth Jalaba.

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  • 29 May 2012 13:39, by sudani ana

    Janobean
    Stop saying SPLA withdrew from Heglig you sound like fools. Who do you think killed all those SPLA soldiers in Heglig!!!Malaria perhaps!!!!!!

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  • 29 May 2012 17:44, by Emporio

    There is a great deal of political pressure to only talk about , and to deny political failure of sudan and the policy of NCP leading to the unnecessary deaths of many people in sudan,Economic distress, political pressure, and social obloquy already drive NCP to negotiation table

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    • 29 May 2012 22:33, by Northern Sudanese

      Emporio

      look at your own problems........leave sudan alone........i am pretty sure that your country is in a faaaaaaar worse situation........

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