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“No plan” for Abyei area to be administered by UN: South Sudan


February 5, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan does not have plans to allow the United Nations to administer the fertile oil-producing border region of Abyei, which is also claimed by the government of neighbouring Sudan, a senior official said Tuesday.

“We are looking for how the leadership of the traditional authority should be strengthened, so we do not have plans to allow the area to be administered by the United Nations even if we cannot reach a consensus on the final status”, Luka Biong Deng, a representative of South Sudan in the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee said.

The status of Abyei was scheduled to have been resolved in a referendum over two years ago but differences between Juba and Khartoum over who was legible to vote caused it to be delayed. The situation was further complicated when the Sudanese army forcibly took control the area in May 2011 ahead of South Sudan’s independence.

Since then a 4,000-strong UN peacekeeping force has been deployed in the area, however, establishing a civilian administration in the region has proved painfully slow.

Abyei community leaders told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that they were appealing for external intervention over the deadlock to settle the final status of the region.

Under the 2005 peace deal that led to South Sudan’s secession, only those “resident” in Abyei were permitted to take part in the vote. The Southern-aligned Dinka Ngok tribe are the dominant population of the area but Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has insisted that the Misseriya nomads who enter the area with their cattle for part of the year also be allowed to vote.

Dinka Ngok community leaders have urged the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take aggressive measures to end the long-running dispute between the two sides.

“Time has come for the UN Security Council to end diplomacy and take aggressive measures, take [a] serious and unified decision, take firm and strong action against the government of Sudan. The National Congress Party is just wasting people’s time and resources. It wants us to engage in indefinite negotiations”, John Ajang, an official with South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), said in Abyei on Tuesday.

Ajang urged the 15-member council of the African Union (AU) to forge an understanding and unify its determination to take action over what would be “a dangerous attempt to undermine the authority and credibility of the security council if it fails to live by its communiqué, giving [a] tight timeframe during which the two sides should resolve their differences”.

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, has recommended that should the two sides fail to come to a political agreement over the status of Abyei, a referendum should be held in October involving those resident in the area.

Should such a vote go ahead, the Dinka Ngok would be expected to vote for Abyei to be transferred into South Sudan, from where it was moved by the British in 1905.

Ajang said that the AUPSC should act on the report by Mbeki’s AUHIP if the two sides fail to agree on the status of Abyei.

The chairperson of the SPLM’s branch office in Abyei, Edward Lino, told Sudan Tribune that the NCP government in Khartoum was not interested in settling the final status of the area and that it was time for the international community to “make a final decision”.


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  • 6 February 2013 06:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I’m saying thanks you south sudan leaders plan, do you know guys (United Nations Mission) in Sudan is not stand for both sudans it is only north. They do agree nosence to the north.while they are south.

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  • 6 February 2013 06:43, by master

    EDWARD lino
    the time for you to take the decision not international community

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    • 6 February 2013 07:02, by Tutbol

      That is what some shifty UNSC members, notably the European ones & their boy, the US have been hedging for all along, to make their so-called UN govt a reality in the Sudans. Our leaders were short-changed to renew the UNIMISS mandate after independent. These UN troops are only in africa to guard the african resources for the West use. Right now, france & the US are insisting on UN troops...

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      • 6 February 2013 07:17, by Tutbol

        ...deployment in Mali even when the malians said, there will be no need since there are african troops & there are no two competing parties over mali. The West is using the UN as it neo-colonising agent. Look, if S Sudan agrees to day that it wants UN govt in Abyiei; then in shortest time possible, we will hear the US, the UK & france lobbying the whole UN for Abyiei’s UN govt. Eastern Congo is...

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        • 6 February 2013 07:32, by Tutbol

          ...our reference on the UN’s credibility in africa. A lot of innocent civillians are being uprooted from their farms in S Khordupan & S Blue Nile but the west don’t want to hear any their plights because it will jeopardice their geo-political interests in the Sudans. S Sudan is being forced to give-in her lands to North to guard the West greeds & its geo-political ambitions. S Sudanese...

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          • 6 February 2013 07:44, by Tutbol

            ...are killed in their own country by the North & when they react, the UNSC West members bark to the top of their lungs that S Sudan had violated the North territory. But now the North, the violations continue & the UNSC West members are quiet as if they don’t exist on this earth. When i was growing up, i thought the Europeans are honest & intelligent in their diplomacy but i since found out...

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            • 6 February 2013 08:00, by Tutbol

              ...that most of West diplomacy & politics is all about intrigues & slick corruptions than the africans crude corruptions & sinccere diplomacy. I appreciate the Abyiei boys, to say no to the UN govt. If we continue to keep the UNIMISS in S Sudan without the timeframe for their exit, we will continue have some boil-ups in S Sudan. Our leaders must watch on the UNIMISS & UNISFA...

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              • 6 February 2013 08:33, by Tutbol

                ...they are hired UN govt tantacles. We should give UN troops respect but we don’t want them loitering our country as they wanted than they are needed. S Sudanese should open their eyes this coming elections not to ever again elect those bunches who know little about how cruel our world is. And who believe that UN govt is our cure-all agency that some of leaders often call on for deployment. Think

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    • 6 February 2013 07:08, by Nuer Empire

      Mustard dog! Wash your rotten mouth and fungy anus/ass out of here.You and your North Sudanese deserve nothing than curse and deaths!
      The Nuer Empire

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  • 6 February 2013 07:22, by Mohamed

    Misseriya are in Abtei area from November until July.
    They only leave from July till October.
    That is 8 months in Abyei area and 4 months away.
    Does that make them residents of Abyei(8 months), or residents of the sand dunes further North(4 months)?

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    • 6 February 2013 07:56, by Nuer Empire

      Mohamed:No no no,they are not.They are just coming to graze their uggly animals and leave the areas after heavy rains are over! They are jungle people!
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 7 February 2013 07:52, by Mohamed

        They actually stay in the dry season from November until June. And leave when the rains start in late June / July.
        So technically they are in the Abyei area more than they are away from it.

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  • 6 February 2013 08:55, by Ommar Bashir

    Sudan was one before and now there are two Sudan. Therefore Abyei must have to move back to it root. Misserya has no absolute right in Abyei therefore Northern Sudan government can not and should not keep to talk about Misserya.

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  • 6 February 2013 10:56, by New Government

    What kind of animal call arabs real who doesn’t understanding.
    how do you claim the land of somebody who has different language.even though the blind is given a chance to judge Abyei he/she must judge it through language that has been spoken by the very people in that area and leave alone the issue of 1905.

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