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US’s Rice supports African panel’s proposal over Abyei


October 4, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice expressed its support to a proposal made by the African mediation to settle to settle the disagreement between Sudan and South Sudan over who can participate in a referendum that will decide Abyei’s future.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice addresses the media following a UN Security Council meeting on 4 October 2012 (ST)

The African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) last September handed a proposal to Khartoum and Juba suggesting to hold a referendum over whether Abyei remains in Sudan or joins South Sudan in October 2013. Also the mediation supported the South Sudanese position which rejects the participation of the Misseriya nomads in the vote.

Juba accepted the proposal which gives the Ngok Dinka a dominant majority of voters as only the small minority of Misseriya residing permanently in the area can participate. Khartoum rejected the proposition and reiterated its support to a previous proposal the mediation made in 2010 suggesting to divide the area between the two parties.

Following a Security Council (UNSC) consultations meeting held Thursday on Sudan-South Sudan process and on the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Rice in remarks to the media backed the recent proposal made by AUHIP’s chief Thabo Mbeki.

Mbeki "has tabled a proposal that is consistent with the Abyei protocol and the findings of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. We think that’s a worthy and valid proposal and we hope it will remain the basis of the negotiating efforts going forward," she said.

The African chief mediator is expected to brief the Security Council during the next weeks about the nine agreements signed by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan on 27 September in Addis Ababa. He is also expected to tackle his proposal over Abyei and other outstanding issues.

Rice further said Mebki will address the issue of Abyei in a report to the AU peace and security Council (AUPSC) first and to the Security Council after.

It is not clear if the chief mediator would follow the same demarche as he did in the issue of 14 miles and ask the AUPSC and the UNSC to endorse his proposal or he would opt for another solution.

The position of the mediation over Abyei will condition the implementation of the agreed deals and the fate of the process because if it continues to hold its proposal that might lead to more frustration among the parties and feeds distrust over its credibility.

Rice stressed the need to implement fully the signed agreements but also pointed out the urgency to settle the unresolved issues saying its crucial for "the sustainability improved ties between North and South."

She underscored that the progress realised in the talks reflects the unity of UNSC members over the resolution 2046. Adding " we will continue to remain united, particularly as we press for progress in the Two Areas".

The American ambassador said the resolution of Blue Nile and south Kordofan is important because it is "central, indeed, to good relations between North and South".

Rice further reaffirmed the position of its country urging to allow humanitarian access to the rebel held areas, a cease fire arrangement, and the resumption of direct political discussions between Sudanese government and SLPM- North rebels.


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  • 5 October 2012 09:54, by zulu

    We firmly support your stance on this Ms. Rice without compromising any inch of and which is justifiably South Sudanese.

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    • 5 October 2012 10:10, by 4Justice

      Mrs Susan Rice is under constant pressure from islamist and other nefarious groups within the United Nations to deny the people of Abyei their right to choose where they want to belong.

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    • 6 October 2012 03:06, by Marolditapei

      Fucken Zulu,
      You and Dr. Luka Biong Deng (Rommel)should leave the forum and engage in your own other businesses and matters. You can’t keep on debating senselessly without understanding the problems affecting people in said areas under exchange for oil transportation. Why is Dr. Luka aka Rommel keeps talking about corrupt while he himself is messing the money of Abyei as an administrator? You and

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      • 6 October 2012 03:11, by Marolditapei

        Dr. Luka Biong Deng aka Rommel can’t be mixing politics and alcoholism. It shameful indeed when it was reported that Dr. Luka aka Rommel forget his wallet in London bar last week while on mission to discuss the issue of Abyei in auditorium of open politics, London. Please Dr. Luka, stop too much drinking.

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  • 5 October 2012 10:09, by unbwogable

    our position has never changed and will not change. tell Bashit( the donkey molester)to withdraw his foot from abyei and any other teritories he intends to grab.

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  • 5 October 2012 10:25, by Frank Man

    The world is always on our side, but its the leaders we have that are letting us down. Experience shows that our leaders do not keep to what they say. They say one thing today and tomorrow they say the opposite. I for one, will not be supprised to wake up one day to the news that Abyei is divided into 2,or completely given out to Khartoum. We greatly miss Dr.Garang and his able negotiation skills

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    • 5 October 2012 12:19, by Robot

      So disheartening indeed, i hv been repeating this, not that i like war.. Abyei and border demarcation will be through the barrel of a gun. motives of Arabs are very clear because they consider us infidels and more they kill Africans the more are their chances of going to Paradise... does this in any way avoid returning to war??? NO ANYANYA 3 ANYMORE.

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  • 5 October 2012 12:24, by James Maker Akok

    Susan Rice,
    South sudanese people ready to go for International Court with North Sudan because of Heglig, Abyei, all 14miles maps areas, and map of 1956 in West Bahr el Ghazal. I have that map in my hand that show all those areas are inside South Sudan.
    James Maker Akok: jamesmakerakok@gmail.com

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  • 5 October 2012 14:44, by Northern Sudanese

    who cares about rice’s opinion? is she a judge or world leader! rice is anti sudan and loves south so much that she even hugs south sudans president and machar!
    we don’t care about rice anyway, the whole islamic world hates her! she has no power to decide whats going to happen

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    • 5 October 2012 15:02, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      The whole Islamic world is very powerless. Tell me what did they do when USA bombed Iraq and Afghanistan ? Tell me what did they do when USA supports Israel to occupy Arab land ? Nothing they will do and Abyei will come to South Sudan because of USA support. Islamic World will release a few words of condemnations, but some of them will turn around and say yes to USA. Gay people

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    • 5 October 2012 15:21, by Banydit

      Lol at North Sudanese.
      "she even hugs south Sudans president and machar!"
      Sadly northern Sudanese, there is something called human compassion, in which equality is realized, that your islamic mind does not comprehend.

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  • 5 October 2012 14:47, by NO PEACE

    Susan Rice please we know what bring you here in south sudan its only food not to do any thing please go back to your country.

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  • 6 October 2012 04:01, by 4Justice

    I command you "stranger" demon in the name to Jesus to leave this forum immediately, you don’t belong here.

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  • 6 October 2012 06:09, by Mapuor

    Thats nice.The issue of Abiei should be left to the people of Abiei and their Missyeria,South Sudan is an independent nation that united voluntarily.South should focus on Kiir adem and Panthou/Heglig.Any attempt to swap mile 14 for Abiei would be extremely fatal,barbarous and that would be betrayal of Malual people.

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  • 6 October 2012 07:56, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Any sober-minded or a peace loving citizen of this world stands with you on this very issue. Your vision on world affair is why you represent an esteemed nation on earth. Go ahead Rice.

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  • 6 October 2012 13:18, by ViVa Sudan


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    • 7 October 2012 04:21, by Observer

      ViVa Sudan,
      How do people keep their mouse shot? Do you mean keep your mouth shut?
      Maybe you try and understand what you write first before you post it- maybe that way people may take you a bit more seriously as at the moment none of your posts make sense.

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