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South Sudan concedes position of Abyei Legislative Council speaker to Sudan


November 9, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan president Salva Kiir Mayardit Friday gave the go-ahead for the formation of Abyei interim administration where a Misseriya could be appointed as speaker of the region’s assembly.

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Luka Biong (right) speaks at a press conference as Edward Lino (left) listens on in Juba, South Sudan on 15 May 2012 (ST)

In accordance with an agreement on Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area signed on 20 June 2011 following the seizure of Abyei by the Sudanese army, Juba will appoint the Chief Administrator, while Khartoum will slect the Speaker of the legislative assembly.

In its latest decisions, the African Union Peace and Security Council gave the two parties a delay of six weeks to reach an agreement over the Abyei issue based on a proposal prepared by the mediation to hold the referendum in October 2013. The ministerial meeting also demanded to form the interim administration.

Juba in the past blocked the process asking Khartoum to appoint a Ngok Dinka member of the National Congress Party (NCP) to the position of speaker, but the Sudanese presidency rejected such request.

Luka Biong Deng, Co-Chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee confirmed on Friday that President Salva Kiir has issued administrative directives authorising the formation of joint interim administration.

Biong, who is a native of the area, said that allowing Sudan to appoint the leader of the key institution was "painful" but added that it will put South Sudan "on high moral ground" and "send a clear message to our commitment to comply with the resolution of the African Union Peace and Security Council".

He further called on the people of Abyei "accept and swallow this bitter pill" but added that it was "just an interim arrangement to facilitate conduct of the referendum which is our strategic objective. We need to seal off delaying tactics of the government of Khartoum”, Biong told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Friday.

The Abyei Area Legislative Council will be composed of 20 members; 12 nominated by the government of South Sudan and 8 members by the government of Sudan.

"The initial arrangement was that the government of South Sudan nominate the speaker of the council and the government of Sudan nominate the deputy". Adding that now what is changed that “Sudan will nominate speaker of the council and the South will nominate the deputy”

Biong commended President Kiir for giving “clear administrative directives” to immediately form the joint administration, pointing out that the area would continue to be administered by an executive council representing the two heads of state.

"The executive council will be composed of a chief administrator, a nominee of the SPLM and the deputy as nominee of the NCP. There will be five heads of departments. Three heads of department will be nominees of the government of South Sudan and the two will be nominated by the government in the north," Biong said.

The Council will make decisions by consensus and has to work in a spirit of partnership and fellowship in order to uphold the purpose for which it is formed, he added.

The tasks of the Council include overseeing the security and stability in the area and to propose projects to raise the standard of living of the population of the Abyei area, including urbanization and development. It is also charged with the establishment of Abyei Fund for resettlement, reconstruction and development to implement relief, resettlement, rehabilitation, and reconstruction programmes in the area.

The members of this administration who will be appointed in the coming days will be tasked to manage the return of Abyei displaced population reportedly returning to the area from areas in Sudan and South Sudan after fleeing the conflict that erupted in May 2011.

Biong said that he supports the upcoming visit of the Sudanese president Bashir to Juba describing it as an "opportunity" for two heads of state to reach a consensus on the remaining outstanding issues.

“The visit of Bashir would be an opportunity to show his seriousness and commitment to resolving the outstanding issues,” he said.

The official further added that he thinks the two presidents will only discus implementation related matters on Abyei because the African Union High Implementation Panel proposal has already provided a clear roadmap.

“I think discussions about Abyei would be more of implementation because African Union High Level implementation Panel proposal is very clear. If Bashir reject it, the Security Council of the United Nations will endorse it and will implement under chapter seven”, he explained.

However, in a brief speech delivered in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, on Thursday, President Omer Al-Bashir asserted that Abyei is a Sudanese territory and will remain.

He went on to repeat the claims of Misseriya leaders that Abyei is their region and they hosted the Ngok Dinka in the past.

He said that in accordance with the peace agreement of 2005, Abyei geographically "belongs to the Sudan and will remain", citing that 1956 borderline is the criteria on this respect.


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  • 10 November 2012 11:01, by Robot

    How will you (Salva) at the end deny Messiriya to vote????, if other things are political then it is best at the interest of the citizens to be further explained enough to give a clear understanding to avoid remorse at a later. i am waiting to see Abyei issue ending in the next two years.

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    • 10 November 2012 11:55, by Dinkawarrior

      Mr. Cowboy please! At least you should always briefs your people before giving okay in such a difficult issues. This is a reason why you have hard times with people about Mile 14!!

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      • 10 November 2012 12:07, by Dinkawarrior

        Taha is not welcome to step his feed in our soil in orderly to represent his country dead President. Both are criminals and the will be held accountable for the death of 3.5 million Sudanes in their hands. I believed President Bashit has gone for ever and he he will not come back to live again!

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        • 10 November 2012 12:40, by Darkangel

          Your retarded Dinka as usual speaking before you think. Both these people were not in power when many people died in the Civil War. Read any reputable report and you will see 2 Million people died before 1990 and most of those died in intratribal South-south fighting mainly Dinka killing everyone else !!

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          • 10 November 2012 17:04, by Rommel

            Isn’t this just precious, you’re telling someone else to do precisely what you should be doing — thinking before you speak. You seem to desperately want to believe that the tribal conflicts in what was southern Sudan accounted for the bulk of the civilian casualties essentially as a means of absolving yourself of the depravities that you’re so clearly guilty of.

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            • 10 November 2012 17:13, by Rommel

              Tribal conflicts as extensive and depraved as they were, didn’t take nearly as many lives as government led and government backed assaults on civilians and their requisites for survival. The Bor Massacre is held up as the most bloody of these tribal conflicts...

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              • 10 November 2012 17:21, by Rommel

                .. but it took the lives of some 5, 000 people, whereas government assaults on civilians directly and indirectly caused the deaths of 250,000 people in 1988 and a further 100, 000 in 1989 in Bahr el-Ghazal by using food as a weapon — by creating an artificial famine. Don’t you think a quarter of a million lives is much closer to the 2 million figure than is 5, 000!?

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              • 11 November 2012 05:06, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

                Bor were not Massacre,it was Twic, Nyarweng, Hool,luac, Ngok of Upper Nile. Bor did run away before it reaches them. Most who died in Twic Bor borders was because afraid of fighting back. They were having more guns than Nyarweng, Hool, Luac and Ngok who fought back with some guns with few bullets. Twic high,Nyarweng,Hool,Luac,Paweny & Ngok died more than Bor. That was the trust on the ground witne

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    • 10 November 2012 13:05, by Rommel

      I think it’s clear that we don’t have a Government; we instead have a rapacious band of dim-witted, incompetent, thieving neanderthals that are not only inexplicably jeopardizing our interests, but are in fact obliterating them. I don’t think these morons at all realize what they have just done. The political dislocations of this death-deserving surrender will be great.

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      • 10 November 2012 13:10, by Rommel

        For years I have taken the little recourse that I could in the belief that our political, economic and military misfortunes were merely derivatives of stupidity, ignorance and inexperience... but I now believe that these blind and dumb animals are purposely endangering our interests.

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        • 10 November 2012 18:51, by Rommel

          I want to take this opportunity to sincerely apologize to my Nuer brothers and sisters for making disgusting, aspersions upon you on this site a few days ago. I am truly ashamed of myself for losing self control like an irate child and cannot excuse the banality of all that I spewed. I was childish, appeared uneducated, gormless, ignorant, unsophisticated and beyond pathetic! I am truly sorry!

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          • 10 November 2012 19:01, by Rommel

            I meant *disgusting aspersions*... the coma wasn’t suppose to be there. I really should slow down when I’m typing.

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        • 11 November 2012 09:09, by Agigaman

          Sudantribune staff are working behind the curtain against participants who are not from Dinka background and I didn’t know about that till I found out that all of my three messages had been deleted.
          I have been an old member under different name and this web was just fine. change your habit or we have to get this web banned totally.

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  • 10 November 2012 11:12, by Mapuor

    Missyeria are definitely going to vote in Abyei referendum and they will not accept to come to South Sudan.Haa just forget about Abyeie and lets concentrate on our issues in South Sudan.

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  • 10 November 2012 11:31, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Well, very intransigent just to yield in at the end. Bashir knew he would prevail over these fools and resource loving SPLM. This thorn in the ass of southerners called Abyei, let the Missiriya vote to rid RSS from these bloody fools or Ngok Dinkas. After all it were their forefathers who sold Abyei to Missiriya Arabs for a sack of sorghum grains

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  • 10 November 2012 12:14, by rock

    oh my God SPLM coward leader is give out everything in Name of Temporary Arrangements.
    ah ah SPLM leaders will remain with empty handed at of the day because they are only seeing oil as important and not knowing that oil is Non-renewal asset that`s does not last for long.

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  • 10 November 2012 12:17, by Emporio

    hey Messiriya the dream will come true in heaven not here in south sudan land (Abyei)
    for people of Messiriya you better wake up and see your futur where you come from al beshair using those people of Messiriya in order to gain oil from south land, Abyei is our land 10000 precent no debut about

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    • 10 November 2012 12:45, by Darkangel

      10000% !! That Sure eh ? loool we’ll see !!
      The truth this land was associated to Arab Bagara for 100’s of Years until the Dinka migrated North and they were accepted by the Misseriya. Now, typical of greedy Dinka stabbing their hosts in the back and trying to claim the land as theirs.
      The CPA states ALL Land above 1/1/56 boundary line is in North Sudan, so Abyie included. By law its North land

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      • 10 November 2012 13:01, by Emporio

        i hop you not talk of behave of arab you are real one i think you study al bashair history how come dinka migrated to north you just contradacting yourself dinka migrated from north to south if you dont know that you better go back where you come from , arabe enter sudan yesterday and claiming abyei today, you will see soon we going to cliam shanndey,,,,,,,,

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      • 10 November 2012 13:26, by Rommel

        Truth!? You want to speak of truth!? You don’t know the meaning of the word, you despicable sap. Your desperate need to deny, distort and embellish history is laughable if you’re using it to goad others and truly sad if you actually believe it. Can you please provide me evidence from a credible historian affirming your position. It shouldn’t be too hard, right!?

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        • 10 November 2012 13:28, by Rommel

          The Ngok settled Abyei a full generation before the Misseriya settled in Muglad. The Ngok have inhabited Abyei since the late 17th century, decades before the advent of the Misseriya. Kuol Dongbek (Kwoldit) guided his people to this specific part of Bahr el Ghazal, two hundred years before it was transferred to Kordofan in 1905... and over a century before Kordofan became part of Sudan in 1899.

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          • 10 November 2012 13:57, by Rommel

            There is no credible historian -alive or dead- that argues that the Misseriya arrived in Abyei before the Ngok. The Ngok arrived in Abyei a full generation before the Misseriya were able to dislodge and displace the indigenous shatt from Turda in Muglad, north of Abyei.

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            • 10 November 2012 14:08, by Rommel

              According to to K. D. D. Henderson’s standard history of the Humr, published over a quarter of a century before the area became disputed, the Ngok were well established in their area along the Ngol, Kiir, Nyamora and Lau by the time the Humr Misseriya reached Muglad, in fact sections of the Ngok even assisted them in seizing control of the area from the indigenous Shatt.

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              • 10 November 2012 14:21, by Rommel

                So what was that you were saying about back-stabbing!? If you mean to say that the Ngok Dinka were guilty of betraying other black Africans for the benefit of newly arrived Arabs... then you would certainly be correct. Is that what you meant?

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              • 10 November 2012 14:34, by Rommel

                The CPA did indeed prescribe 1956 as the specific date from which we would adjudicate territorial holdings between us, with the Abyei Protocol being the only exception agreed upon by the two parties! The Abyei Protocol affords the people of Abyei a Referendum on their future status — a right they have since been denied.

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  • 10 November 2012 12:38, by Emporio

    hey mr lord mayor of south sudan (kiir)i think if you stay another five years juba is going to be dispute land, too much concession to Bashair now you paying for your stupid decision of shutting down oil, and now making poor southerns to pay for that by give away thier land i dont know when people of southsudan going to take high moral ground position to make change

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    • 10 November 2012 13:25, by Ruach

      How is dead President Bashir going to come to Juba while he is in his grave!? He is dead!

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      • 10 November 2012 21:19, by panom lualbil

        You wish OMER BASHIR was in grave but not yet. He was coming to JUBA as for having long times without seeing his slaves whom he used against DINKAS while ago so he could at least have a little horny moon. We’re not like you cowards though to celebrate death of our enemies otherwise we would celebrate the death of all your leaders we missed through their rebelion now and every year.

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        • 10 November 2012 21:27, by panom lualbil

          We dont worry whatever is going around but we make sure it come back around to........ball in........! Is gatwec duel release? Hey, scuse me!!!!!

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  • 10 November 2012 14:13, by Tutbol

    Luka Biong & his lowly educated are just giving everything away in the name of their so-called temporary arrangement. Who does these fools think they can fool. Negotiation involves two parties to make concessions, what compromise did SPLM got from the North in return? Why don’t these fools just come out of their rotten-to-the-core skins & tell S Sudanese that they,ve surrended S Sudanese to north?

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    • 10 November 2012 14:28, by Tutbol

      Than always lying to S Sudanese under their rotten teeth to the core? South Sudanese are now paying dearly for trusting these fools as thei leaders. i wonder if Kiir even understands a 400-words paragraph? It is best if these fools stop lecturing S Sudanese of their empty ’temporary arrangements’ S Sudanese deserve better than being lied to by these fools all the times.

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      • 10 November 2012 14:43, by Tutbol

        I for one, suggest that these useless abyiei sons & their useless land go North to their masters & let S Sudanese get their 1956 border for they are part of these intractable problems with the North. All abyiei sons in S Sudan govt should be sacked immediately & deported to North. Francis m Deng be recalled & replaced. S Sudanese are tired of this abyiei sh*t & need to move without abyiei fulstop.

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        • 10 November 2012 15:12, by katnyokarieu

          bro Tutbol,plse lowered ur temper,becoz the matter of south sudan was of course ignored by kiir kuethpiny nyol with his gangs from Abyei ie luka ,edward lino and Hamad Deng Aloor, this three homo boys of Abyei i hate them. They have brought abodone to south sudan.instead they would have taken up army like Nuba and Blue and liberate them selves.they want while they proud war lord like pieng,he is

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          • 10 November 2012 15:58, by katnyokarieu

            correction, they have proud war lord like pieng.they should take e.g from tanganyika with zanaibar and mefia island in the coast of east,tanganyika fought it own war liberation with germany while zanzibar ally with mefia island fought liberation with british then after total liberation of each country .the all united under malimu Juilous Nyerere as president forming Tanzania.

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        • 11 November 2012 06:22, by Tutbol

          Abyiei problem is going to divide S Sudanese more. These so-called abyiei sons with their over rated useless educations, full of empty egos is now letting S Sudanese losing patience with them, they have messed up their land & their people & when their brothers & sisters in S Sudan sympathised with them, they start abusing this gesture & are trying to persuade Southerners to relent to the North.

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  • 10 November 2012 15:23, by Badi Malawi

    Why are we giving misseyira that position, i call all my bros.who are in abyei territories to leave it to dinka ngok becoz they are confusing p’ple for nothing

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    • 10 November 2012 16:10, by katnyokarieu

      people of Abyei greedy is distroying them,also destroying south sudan too due to poor leadership of kiir kuethpiny Nyol who lack intellectualism in the then united sudan.luka Biong is sultan of Abyei in envelop of salva kiir kuethpiny.among south sudanese politician,only Pagan Amum to be paid great respect, for tireless commetment,patrotism,and nationalist.s.sudan should behind him come 2015.

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      • 10 November 2012 18:11, by Mou

        That will put South Sudan in a high moral ground of failure. what does Kiir really want to achieve?

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        • 11 November 2012 00:39, by AUGUSTINO DENG

          Mr Mou,
          I do agree with you dear. Salva Kiir is just dangling and pretending like he is doing the most expected job, however, he is fooling his brain. To me as a Southerner, I don’t valued Salva Kiir Miyardit as a brave leader. What Salva Kiir is doing is a sign of fear, which mean he is kneeling himself to Arabs. Shame on him.
          By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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  • 11 November 2012 00:33, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir is a "bonehead leader and weak in mind." Last month he signed out 14 miles of Aweil to Arab and now he said that the speaker of the Abyei interim administration will be from Misseriya.Look at the statement of Omar Bashir when he was in Riyadh."However, in a brief speech delivered in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, on Thursday, President Omer Al-Bashir asserted that Abyei is a Sudanese.

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  • 11 November 2012 02:09, by 4Justice

    I’ve been telling you many times Salva, has severe intellectual disability and is therefore unfit to lead any country. He is a weak coward and greedy idiot, he is a defeatist gullible fool who cannot even put together a coherent argument about anything. Useless human being of the worst kind!

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  • 11 November 2012 02:32, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Attention please! Jieng da Ayuel de Jiel
    Attention please! Jieng da Ayuel de Jiel
    Attention please! Jieng da Ayuel de Jiel
    You might convey this message to all Jieng da Ayuel de Jiel people. They need emergency convention before 2015. To avoid confusion,elders, politicians, and small must come together to predict the future of thier life before 2015. Ajangdit needs to look into crises they facing

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    • 11 November 2012 04:48, by katnyokarieu

      very good comment mr.nguetbeny leypiny. Ilike u ,becoz u re brave like hame chol deng and i.
      What u said is absolutely right.
      If padang were united by then we would haven,t loss this valuable figures e.g George Athor and Zacharia Bol Deng of Biemnom.
      We have to unite to avoid any inconvenince in the politician and mischieves.

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  • 11 November 2012 16:36, by oliver majak

    No structure or body form without nick, stomach,legs & tell.d’t warrior of de interim administration where amisseriya could be appointed as the region’s assembly.de duty will be frm our side & chief administrator.de council compose of 20 members where 12 frm the South and 8 from de North.we have to stand strong and open our eyes to see what can they do,let our hope be for success not failure.

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  • 11 November 2012 23:14, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    I hope all SPLM should have one main voice to disregard non-resident of Abyei from voting,they had opposed it in beginning.But,people should not give up their opinion.

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