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South Sudan accuses Sudan of "deliberately" keeping troops in Abyei


August 25, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Saturday accused the government of neighbouring Sudan of "deliberately" keeping its troops in the contested area of Abyei, allegedly with intention to provoke return to war between the two sides..

Edward Lino speaking in a electoral meeting held in Khartoum before Sudan’s presidential elections in April 2010 (ST)

"They continue to keep their troops in Abyei against international calls to withdraw from the area and are now talking of sending a committee to (administrate the area) without any basis," said Edward Lino, a leading member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Lino, who is the chairperson of the South Sudan’s ruling SPLM in Abyei, made the remark in an interview with South Sudan Television on Friday during which he argued that the international community had shown reluctance to pressure Khartoum to pull out its remaining troops in the area.

"Sudan had deliberately defied United Nations resolution 2046 and African Union roadmap. It is now keeping more than three companies north of Abyei which are fully equipped. They have heavy artilleries and other modern weapons including tanks inside territorial jurisdiction of Abyei area”, said Lino explaining that "such behaviour shows that the government of Sudan is not ready for peaceful settlement".

Khartoum last week announced that the Sudanese presidency ordered a steering committee appointed last year to move to Abyei because Juba breached the 20 June agreement 2011 and appointed unilaterally a local administration there. Juba denied such allegations.

The two sides failed to implement a clause related to the formation of a temporary administration in last year deal because Juba refuses to give Khartoum the chairmanship of Abyei Legislative Assembly as it was agreed .

In return, Khartoum says the SPLM chaired administration cannot be established without the legislative council.

Sudan moved its troops from the area in accordance with the 2046 resolution of the UN Security Council as the Ethiopian troops control fully Abyei after the similar withdrawal of the South Sudanese forces.

However, Khartoum continues to maintain a small number of police forces in the Difra oil area, in northern Abyei arguing that the activities of rebel groups in South Kordofan justifies its presence there to protect oil facilities.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet in a briefing to the Council on 29 June estimated that there were roughly between 100 to 130 lightly armed Sudanese police. "While these “oil police” do not have much force capacity, their presence is nonetheless a violation of resolution 2046, which demands that all Sudanese and South Sudanese security forces withdraw from the area," he pointed out.

The council in a presidential statement later asked Khartoum to move this force out of the area.

Lino called on the Sudanese people and political forces there not to accept being fooled by the country’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) to accept return to war.

"War is not in the interest of both countries. Sudanese people do not support war. People of South Sudan also do not have any interest in going back to war because it returns people to square one. We fought enough and we made peace, so why do we want to fight again," he asked.

Abyei, an oil producing and fertile border region is claimed by both sides. It was due to vote on its future in January 2011 together with another referendum organised on the independence of southern Sudan.

However, the failure of the two parties to agree on who can take part in this crucial vote created tensions between the local components and the volatile situation there led some to term it as Sudan’s Kashmir.

The African Union mediation will organise a meeting between presidents Omer Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir to discuss mainly this issue. The mediation might submit a compromise over this issue of eligibility in order to pave the way for a referendum there.

The senior SPLM member said war was not the best option and that they would continue to push for peaceful settlement of the dispute.

"Our people of Abyei, despite all difficulties and atrocities committed in the area by the Sudanese government, still stand together with our leadership under comrade Salva Kiir Mayardit in seeking peaceful settlement," he said.

"We have never changed this position. And we have always assured the people of Abyei who believe they are part of this nation to exercise courage and patience," he underscored.

An international arbitration in July 2009, redrew the boundaries of Abyei region and confirmed the findings of an experts’ committee on the land ownership by nine chiefdom of Dinka Ngok. The court also redefined the borders and ceded oil fields located in the northern part of the area to Sudan.


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  • 26 August 2012 08:24, by Jalaby

    Edward Lino is another good example for one of Dinka Ngok poor-minded and dumb minded, like the rest of Dinka Ngok, Edward Lino got his education in Kordofan, he speaks arabic fluently, most of you didn’t know that Mr Lino embraced Islam before, exactly like idiot Deng Alor who was a Muslim before and his name was Ahmed,both of them renounced Islam for the sake of money I guess!

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    • 26 August 2012 08:34, by Jalaby

      Remember when Mr. Lino was a chief Administrator for Abyei in 2008 and then he started to harass Miseryia in Abyei and then clashed with them until SAF invaded Abyei and announced victory and Mr. Lino ran away to Juba and met Salva Kiir who was Sudan VP at that time and he asked him to put SPLA under his command to fight SAF and withdraw them from Abyei,

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      • 26 August 2012 08:40, by Alier

        Sudanese are like a street gang who kidnap a rich child in return to get money from the family! That’s what Sudanese are doing by deliberately staying in Abyei and Panthou just to get money from South Sudan. South Sudan could easily take Abyei by force because we just did it earlier this year in Panthou. As a result, there was an outcry to the UN by Sudan.

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      • 26 August 2012 08:44, by Jalaby

        Mr. Kiir ridiculed and monkeyed him and said to him "we won’t give you SPLA to fight with north and break down all what we built and being waiting for"!
        You should know the fact that Dinka Ngok are arabized, they look like southerners but their culture is north and behavior too, money of them are Muslims and prefer to wear Tagia and Jalabia, many of them said it clearly that we

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        • 26 August 2012 08:54, by Jalaby

          want to be north, and they’re very delighted when Khartoum government announced that all Dinka Ngok should be granted Sudanese citizenship and should immediately be returned to their jobs in SAF and all other sectors!

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          • 26 August 2012 09:13, by mohamed mahgoub

            Do realy believe in what u saying? I hope the NCP idiots don’t think the same way like u do

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          • 26 August 2012 09:14, by mohamed mahgoub

            Do realy believe in what u saying? I hope the NCP idiots don’t think the same way like u do

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            • 26 August 2012 09:43, by Observer

              He is one of the NCP - he works for the government along with Mohammed Ali and other extremists on here. Their job is to monitor the media and get the Govt propaganda out.

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              • 26 August 2012 10:12, by Jalaby

                I wish if you were right so at least I can get some money from NCP but I swear to God that NCP doesn’t know who I am or where located!
                Many thanks for Sudantribune for giving us the chance to express our opinions freely!

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                • 26 August 2012 19:21, by zulu

                  The NCP thinks that we are poor, unequiped and all the nadir associated with to inaction of our administration. But, guns are not made in Sudan alone. Power, we’ve got it. Money, we’ve got it. Personnel, we have it too. Moralle, who lacks it. Ruthlessness, can be adopted as well. But being fooled, is unacceptable. Triger the return to war to push them out of Abyei is a solution.

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                • 27 August 2012 00:33, by mohamed mahgoub

                  If ur not an NCP militant I asume ur the most ignorant stupid person one of the basic humane rights is freedom of expression that why u have to thanks ST for we don’t have such a thing in Sudan

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          • 26 August 2012 09:20, by panchol

            junubin are not junubin of 1970s, we have gained very great momentum now to capture Khartoum, but international committee is telling both sides to honor proposed Article 2046. if world allows us have military confrontation, you will see how bad it will be compared to the previous civil war which had just ended.
            "Empty vessels make more noise" proverb.
            Spla/m Oyee!!!!!!!

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      • 26 August 2012 10:01, by Chol A.

        Jalaby,you always barking against southern sudanese ideas but claiming people like what you do to people of Abyei will not help at all. You are supporting your NCP and we Supporting SPLA but things are not always thesame, if you think your stronger then us than you are fool as you always being fool by your uncle Bashir.

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    • 26 August 2012 08:42, by Madina Tonj

      The only road open for Arab Africa is to go back Middle East nations if you guys want to have big land, but claiming Dinka land and Nubia land is not going to help you guys. Edward Lino is one of those famous SPLA general and he is smart man. We are going to claim Kosti instead of Abyei and Panthou. Sudan is not going to be same again just see how thing has change in Northern Sudan

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    • 26 August 2012 08:43, by Madina Tonj

      The only road open for Arab Africa is to go back Middle East nations if you guys want to have big land, but claiming Dinka land and Nubia land is not going to help you guys. Edward Lino is one of those famous SPLA general and he is smart man. We are going to claim Kosti instead of Abyei and Panthou. Sudan is not going to be same again just see how thing has change in Northern Sudan

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      • 26 August 2012 09:15, by Jalaby

        Madina Tonj,
        We work both sides since we are half Arab and half African (Nuba), you can’t deny our African blood since our great great grandmother were African (Nuba), yes, we are not black and not white in the same time but "Grey" LOL LOL that’s why we look that way! LOL LOL

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        • 26 August 2012 09:33, by Chol

          Jalaby, the people in the world are describe in Black and white; therefore, you can either be white or Black! Did you see black American? Their skins could be as white as any Arab in the Middle East and still called black. It’s laughable in Sudan that your skin could be as black as vice president Taha and think you’re not Black! How dopiest are you people?!

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          • 26 August 2012 10:00, by Jalaby

            You’re absolutely right, Mr. Taha is so black and that clearly proves our great great grandmother was African (Nuba) but if you concentrate in his face deeply you will get another fact, his hair, nose and lips don’t look like African but same as Arab and that clearly proves our great great grandfather was Arab!
            guys, why denying our African side?

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        • 26 August 2012 10:26, by panchol

          There’s nothing called half Arab and half African Nubian, just be in one side. sincerely, you are the only person remain to ne called ahbit by Arbiter jahalin now since our independent.
          lick feet of Basir so that you are paid to feed your children.
          Question to you; do you have these names in Arab? Deng , Biong, Alor , Dau ,Akei etc.
          please leave us alone, we don’t want to be arabiised.

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          • 26 August 2012 10:45, by Jalaby

            Well, have any of your grandfather had any of these names before: John, James, Peter, Edward, Simon, Michael, Steve,etc? these names are good for "white people" with blue eyes and don’t fit for Africans, why moving away from your beautiful African names?
            Please advise Mr. Kiir to take off that hat from his head, it makes him looks so funny!

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    • 26 August 2012 09:01, by panchol

      you disappeared Mr.big lier, Edward Lino is sound minded Black Dinka African person who wanted to determine his future.
      please pull out your troop from the area, or otherwise you always understand the
      language of bullets in which show you in panthou, Jau , Tashuin, Karasana Wetkona etc.
      our almighty Spla gallant is waiting for any threat from terrorists. Go to middle east where you were

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      • 26 August 2012 09:26, by Jalaby

        I didn’t disappear but was on vacation because of Eid Al-Fatir & Eid Mubarak.
        I know many of you guys missed my comments and I know many of you use to read my comment even before you read the main article itself because I always write facts and build my political opinions on reality after deep analysis,many of my political forecasts have become true!

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        • 26 August 2012 10:08, by Nibs

          "Grey people",what a brainless idiot!i don’t know what you have for breakfast but it must be nasty. Your comments are absolute rubbishs.

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          • 26 August 2012 10:21, by Jalaby

            Just tell me, what does it mean "white people"? where in the world you find "white" man -like a milk color?! there is no in this planet "white people" in reality but they use the "white" word for the purpose of "Metaphoric"!
            It’s not secret, I had Nescafe with milk for my breakfast!

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    • 26 August 2012 09:40, by hellonearth

      Numbskull JALABY


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      • 26 August 2012 17:08, by Northern Sudanese

        please, you are nothing more than a dumb SPLA supporter enjoying asylum in the west, you are in a totally different world and you can’t do anything but spreading your dreams and nonsense. here it is all about reality, Abyei isn’t going to south and we don’t care about dinka’s they can take their stuff and move south just like last time. what matters most is messeiriah, abyei is sudans

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        • 26 August 2012 18:01, by Mach

          N. Sudanese, it’s funny that you called the region Abyei and think it’s part of Sudan! You need to call Abyei Omdurman; that that will make it sound like a Sudanese region. It is one thing to easily say something is yours but it’s another story to prove that it’s yours!

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          • 27 August 2012 04:20, by Northern Sudanese

            we prove it by force and paper. we got both options, the land is part of sudan and if you keep making useless noises we can always kick the dinka shits out for once and for all and give the keys to the messeireyah, the owners of this land. that land is sudanese on the first place, but dinka shits live there. oh and we can call it whatever we want, just like you calling heglig pancrap !!!

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  • 26 August 2012 21:21, by ViVa Sudan

    Southerners insects leave a lone Sudan Abyie is a part of our beloved country go beg for food some were else we are not ready any more to feed you pupits Salva & you are da fake insects do u thiink that u have a real state haa haa u dreaming look at u useless funny vagabonds Abie is a Sudanese land & u are not so keep quite " i n s e c t s "
    u were the cancer & now wwe are free of you burglars

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    • 27 August 2012 04:24, by Northern Sudanese

      ViVa Sudan
      well said, they were nothing more than cancer. the only good thing was their oil and we are getting it anyway by $26 p/b
      southerners are dumb, they kill each other for cows :D

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      • 27 August 2012 06:35, by Observer

        N Sudanese,
        Not too sure who is the dumbest. We are not getting the oil for $26 p/b. That was just a distortion and twisting of facts made up by some officials ( note it took them a week to come up with it) to try and fool us into believing that they didn’t lose face in the negotiated settlement.
        And you can go online and search the outside Sudan media which will back that up.

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  • 27 August 2012 09:08, by thok chuni yok

    Reading, looking and talking will not solve our problem my big people.

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