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Sudan reiterates its rejection to hold Abyei’s referendum in October


August 21, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government reiterated its rejection to hold a referendum on the future of Abyei area, stressing that priority should be given to establish local institutions and provide service to the civilians there.

The co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) for the Sudanese side, Al-Khair Al-Faheem, discussed with the South Sudanese ambassador to Khartoum, Mayan Dut Waal, ways to break the current deadlock in Abyei in a meeting they held on Wednesday.

According to the semi official news service, SMC, Waal spoke about the need to achieve positive changes in Abyei to improve the life of people there, adding that Juba is preparing to hold the referendum next October in line with a proposal advanced by the African Union last year.

The African proposal, which matches with the South Sudanese position, provides to hold the referendum without the participation of the Misseriya nomads.

"Any arrangements undertaken by the South Sudan to hold a referendum (in Abyei) are illegal, and no party can organise the referendum independently without the other, considering that the vote is one of the tools of the final solution to the issue", Al-Faheem said.

The Sudanese official went to say that those who work to hold such exercise will realise that the Temporary Arrangements for the Administration and Security of the Abyei Area of 20 June 2011 prevent unilateral organisation of the referendum.

He added that what is needed now is to form the institutions of local administration and to establish the police and other legal services to help the international force deployed there (UNISFA) to lay the foundations of security and stability in the disputed area.

President Salva Kiir is expected to visit Khartoum to discuss with his Sudanese counterpart Omer Al-Bashir the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement, but also unresolved issues like Abyei referendum.

Eight years after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which paved the way to the independence of South Sudan, the two parties failed to organise a crucial vote because they disagree over who can take part in this referendum.

However, on 20 June 2011 Khartoum and Juba agreed to form temporary local institutions as president Omer Al-Bashir dissolved the former administration accusing it of instigating hatred against the Sudanese army. The later seized the area after attack against its troops there in May of that year.


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  • 22 August 2013 10:32, by Dau-network

    Either by what or what Abyei must come to South Sudan .if no referendum in October then Khartoum have to stop Abyei’s oils until referendum because they are finishing resources using delay tactics.

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  • 22 August 2013 13:09, by Guandong

    Q, to sons n daughters of Abyei, ur paramonut chief has killed by Bashir,u fear Miseriya,half of u supported Bashir, ur oil being consumed by Bashir n now Bashir rejected Abyei’s referendum. what are u going to do? I am telling u ssudan national army will not be used for Abyie instead we cut off all the seat we gave to Abyei citizens.

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  • 23 August 2013 09:44, by Malakal county Simon

    Bashir is right to said Abyie referendum will be cancelled, in October. Because the son’s and daughters, are not in Abyie area at the moment. So what’s the point others to fight for Abyie people’s, when they are not serious to claim their land back? And top of that, they don’t have a unified voice. Whether to remain as a part of Sudan, or join South Sudan.

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  • 23 August 2013 10:44, by Big Boy

    Malakal with ur childish Gaungdong.i know you were just talked about abyei left behind,son and daugh..are not there, right now! during the war who knows this may happened to abyei peoples instead of whole general South are against abyei achievement,i know now you are all cowadis you are looking for ur interest...but RSS will not be achieve without abyei people’s as everybody is aware of that..

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    • 23 August 2013 10:53, by Big Boy

      In this independence, you cannot achieve RSS mandate without understanding each other,solidarity and cooperation from both the Int’l borders. With these concerns, We shall make sure that we understand them where we differed and cooperate where cooperation might be needed. RSS shall also stand firm to see that people tolerate and this example shall start with abyei peoples they are our neighbor.

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  • 23 August 2013 16:22, by Malakal county Simon

    Big Boy:
    Stop barking and making non-sense, about Abyie. You want to claim Abyie back! you need to go inside Abyie, and fight for it. Abyie was sold to Arab by your very own grandpa, in exchanged of foods. Now the foods is finish, and you want South Sudanese to help you, to get your land back? Good luck with that. Because only foolish South Sudanese will dies for Abyie.

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