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South Sudan formally accepts the formation of Abyei administration


November 12, 2012 (JUBA/KHARTOUM) - South Sudan said on Sunday it has sent official notification to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) declaring its acceptance of the nomination lists by the Sudanese government based on the June 2011 agreement which calls for the establishment of an interim administration without preconditions.

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A displaced young girl from Abyei collects water near a school where she is sheltering in Agok, southern Sudan, June 7, 2008. (Reuters)

The letter dated 24 July 2011, which bears the signature of the secretary general of the country’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), Pagan Amum, recommends eight nominees to various positions required in Abyei.

Luka Biong Deng and Chol Deng Alaak are recommended to take up advisory positions at the Joint Oversight Committee while Deng Arop Kuol, Edward Lino Abyei and Kuol Alor Jok Kuol to the position of chief administrator.

Sudan is expected to choose one of the three nominees to the post of chief administrator, including Deng Arop Kuol and Edward Lino, who have served as chief administrators at different times.

Lino was the first administrator appointed by Juba, without the approval of Khartoum in 2008, while Kuol was appointed in 2010 to replace Arop Mayak Monytoc who replaced Lino.

The list of nominees recommended for heads of departments include Kuol Monyluak Dak, Acuil Akol Miyan and Kon Manyiet Matiok.

Luka Biong Deng, co-chair of the Abyei Oversight Committee said the decision to form a joint interim administration with Sudan was reached after necessary consultation with the local chiefs and SPLM leaders in Abyei on the nominations of the Government of Sudan for positions of the deputy chief administrator and the speaker of the Abyei Area Council.

Biong, in a release dated 10 November, said the international community is expected to reassure the people of Abyei by ensuring the complete withdrawal of the Sudan army (SAF) from the Abyei area, finalisation of the status force agreement (SOFA) and endorsement of full implementation of the AUHIP’s 21 September proposal on the final status on Abyei.

“The formation of joint administration with the Government of Sudan that destroyed and annihilated the lives and livelihood of the Ngok Dinka will not be comprehended easily by the people of Abyei.”

“We are aware of this trauma but we are doing it to seal off delaying tactics by the Government of Sudan. Our strategic objective is the conduct of the referendum. The formation of joint administration is one of the temporary arrangements provided for in the 20 June 2011 agreement,” Biong stressed.

He further said he has informed his Sudanese counterpart of the decision made by the Juba government in order to convey the message to Khartoum and to prepare for a meeting on 20 November in Abyei.

The African Union Peace and Security Council decided in a meeting held on 24 October to give the parties six weeks to reach a deal over Abyei issue and to endorse the proposal by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) or the issue will referredto the UN Security Council.

Sudan said it refuses the AU decision and warned that it would not implement it. President Omer Al-Bashir said several days ago from Saudi Arabia that Abyei is part of Sudan as defined by Sudan’s border at independence from Anglo-Egyptian rule on 1 January 1956. He also said that Abyei referendum is voted by the National Assembly in Khartoum and no one can change it.

Alray Al-Aam daily newspaper reported a delegation of Misseriya tribal leaders will stage a series of contacts with the members of UN Security Council to explain their position over the issue of Abyei, and the recent decision of the AU Peace and Security Council.

Edward Lino said in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune that they accepted the decision and but quickly pointed out the formation of the joint interim administration “was not the end of the struggle”.

“We need an end to this conflict. The dispute over this area, as you know, has claimed lots of lives and has left people displaced. It created a humanitarian emergency in South Sudan because humanitarian organisations have been denied access to the areas by Khartoum,” he said.

He charged Khartoum with employing the same tactics against civil population in Abyei which they used with such devastating effect in Darfur: indiscriminate aerial bombings, attacks on civilians and a scorched earth policy which will hamper development in the area for decades.

Ngor Ayuel, a deputy Abyei community leader described Juba’s acceptance of the Khartoum’s nominations in their entirety, as a tactical decision to avoid being held hostage in conducting the referendum.

“It’s an interesting mixed decision because there are people who see it differently. There are those opposed to giving Sudan position of the area legislative council speaker to Sudan because for them, they see no rationality about it. But for me, this announcement of concession by our leadership is a big deal. It tells more about the seriousness of our government to finding a lasting solution on the issue of Abyei," said Ayuel.

Kuol Yak, a native of Abyei in Juba cautioned his community members against celebrating Juba’s acceptance of the Sudanese list of nominees because of the Sudanese president’s claims over the area.

"I just read the Sudanese media quoting Bashir in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, claiming that Abyei is part of Sudan and will remain so. He said Sudan is hosting the Ngok Dinka in Abyei, that we were chased by the Nuer from their ancestral area in the South,” said Yak.

He also wondered whether the concession of the position of the speaker for the area legislative council will not allow Sudan to claim the eligibility right to vote in the referendum or disrupt it if denied participation.

“If a Misseriya could be appointed as speaker of the area’s legislative assembly what will prevent them from claiming eligibility to vote? This is a simple way of accepting claims of ownership which Misseriya having been making all on the area. This decision is wrong for me,” he said.


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  • 12 November 2012 07:56, by wang

    Bashir must have to provide a document that supported his claimed in a future discussion. Our ancestors were never chasing anyone a way from South, but we slaves them

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    • 12 November 2012 08:51, by Mapuor

      Dinkas are good people at peace and tough fighters at wars,visit BBC archive.Dinkas have never been slaves to any one.Turks wars with Dinkas that resulted to annihilation of Turks in Meshira Achol,Rumbek,Bor and the Turks pursuit to Lado is in the Nilotic Liberation Struggle,visit History of Sudan.Dinkas never crunch on (Gargosh)as militias,haa Kong Chol,Matip Nhial,Abdallaha Chuol etc

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    • 12 November 2012 10:11, by LL Reuben

      Does it alleviates some of the guilt; agony and anguish that you and your community are experiencing if you attempt to deflect what you’re rather known for and pathetically tried to level a brave and a courageous community like the Dinka with it? For the last 60 years the Nuer have been nothing but Arab Slave if you want me to deliver the reality to your door. Before 1955 majority of Nuer

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      • 12 November 2012 10:12, by LL Reuben

        con..were already working as Arab Slave; especially in building of Khartoum. It was Nuer who built brick houses for the Arab without a monthly pays. The Nuer were mostly paid with a quarter cup of sugar or a day ready prepared meal. After 1983 Samuel Gai Tut refused to be junior to Garang and revolt instantly upon the formation of what is still called SPLM/A. Speculate where many Gai Tut..

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        • 12 November 2012 10:14, by LL Reuben

          supporters ended up after his death when he was killed by his own Nuer? If you guess Khartoum you’re right-and as slaves and mercenaries of course.
          August 1991 you know what happened? Mr. laughing machine or whatever that absurd is being called these days was fooled by another idiot called Lam Akol when they decided to flee the front line under Juba and attempting to over throw Garang. ...

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          • 12 November 2012 10:15, by LL Reuben

            That failed miserably, Garang and many other Southerners persevered through and the result of their hard work is called The Republic of South Sudan today! Both Riek and Lam ended up in Bashier bed, again many Nuer fighters became slaves and mercenaries especially when Riek handed them to the mercy of the SAF.

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            • 12 November 2012 10:15, by LL Reuben

              Realistically the Nuer in the history have never been what you punks want them to be as of today. The Nuer are simply known as chaotic, disorganize and highly primitive. They are exacting that trend even in an independent country; the Nuer continue to disenfranchise themselves by acting like second class citizen. They have not rid themselves of slave mentality they’ve been known for the century an

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              • 12 November 2012 13:29, by Ruach

                LL Reuben! Don’t tell us the stories of lies! Nuer have never helped Dinka Ngok to sell their land to Arabs,but helped to fight and the cowards are standing behind the frontlines!

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                • 13 November 2012 00:51, by Mach

                  Ruach, to just say you lie is what you do when you don’t have an argument. Just lay down your counter argument as to why what Ruben had just described is not true. To say Ruben lie is not enough to convince readers. If you tell me; the color of sky is blue; I don’t have to say you lie because if it’s not blue then what’s it?

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  • 12 November 2012 08:03, by 4Justice

    “If a Misseriya could be appointed as speaker of the area Legislative Assembly what will prevent them from claiming eligibility to vote?" absolutely correct!!! IT WILL LEGITIMIZE THEIR CLAIM OVER ABYEI! end of story.

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  • 12 November 2012 08:05, by George Bol

    Referendum in 2013 in Abyei if not then the problem of Abyei, Panthou, kafia Kingi, others should be the end game for Khartoum. What we need to do is to clean our spears because Jallaba listen to the barrel of guns.

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    • 12 November 2012 08:16, by Loko El Pollo

      Why DrRommelLoka not appointed as chief administrator.He deserves the position due to his hard work.The former mr Kuol went for hiding when Abyei was cut down by Saf for firwood.

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      • 12 November 2012 09:06, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        You, stop behaving like Nuer, who told you Rommel is Biong Deng, why would you lat yourself be fooled by Jabby and some Nuer delusion boys here in the net? Quite the damn bor stupidity, two are different people, so sad that some seem intelligent people like you can be confused just like this to believed that Rommel is Luka, what is wrong with you?

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        • 12 November 2012 10:45, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 12 November 2012 13:29, by Kikiji longiro

    Now the really arab slaves started to attack each others.
    All of them will one day say bye bye to South Sudan according to the demands of their mothers.

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  • 12 November 2012 15:07, by panchol

    Mr. Wang and Ruach
    As nationalist bros, you need to post sensible comments then feeding Arabs with fiction stories. My questions to are as follows
    1.who sold Abyei?
    2. when?
    3. And why is it so?
    4.If. Dinka Abyei are coward as you put it, then can you not fight Arab occupants? I fought Arabs in Nasir, pibor, Kapeota, not that I’m from those areas trying to liberate SS.

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  • 12 November 2012 15:30, by panchol

    Dinka Ngok Land is alive not dead, ok? An other questions to you:
    1. who sold Nuer & Anuak to Ethiopia?
    2. who sold Acholi, Kakua, Madi to Uganda?
    3.who sold Kakua, Zande and Mondo to Congo ?
    4.who sold Zande to Central Africa Republic?
    5. who sold those Southern tribes?
    6. who took that money? why is it so?

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