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Abyei is Sudanese territory and will remain so: president Bashir


March 12, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - During a visit to the West Kordofan state on Wednesday, Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir asserted that the contested Abyei area belongs to Sudan and will remain a Sudanese territory.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir addresses supporters at the start of his election campaign in Jazeera state capital Wad Madani on 26 February 2015 (Photo: Reuters)Bashir was speaking in an election rally in Al Foula the capital of the West Kordofan state, in a campaign for a third mandate since the singing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which led to the independence of South Sudan.

The candidate of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) promised the crowd, which is mobilised by the party and the state apparatuses from the different state towns, to complete the roads under construction to connect the West Kordofan outskirts from Al-Muglad to El Meiram, South Bahr Al-Arab until Southern remote areas of the state "because Abyei is Sudanese and will remain Sudanese," he told the meeting.

He further vowed to build water reservoirs to retain water during the dry season, adding "Our programme with you will continue because you did a lot for the Ingaz (Revolution) and provided Mujahideen and martyrs".

In line with the CPA, the residents of the disputed area have to hold a referendum to determine whether Abyei will remain part of the Sudan or join the South Sudan. But the two countries failed to agree on the participation of the Misseriya pastoralists who reside there several months every year.

Last week, it was announced that Bashir would visit Abyei however, he only met with a delegation from the area including representatives of Misseriya and Nogk Dinka loyal to Sudan.

The Sudanese co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC), Hassan Ali Nimir, announced that candidates from different Sudanese political parties will run for the national parliament election in the districts located in the northern part of the disputed region.

South Sudan ambassador to the United Nations protested last month against this announcement, but the Sudanese envoy recalled that Abyei is a Sudanese territory until the run of the referendum, as it is agreed in the 2005 peace deal.

Bashir further urged the unity of different branches of Misseriya tribe and to stop the to fight each other saying he was saddened when he learnt that there were children a:ong the dead.

Last November 133 people were killed and hundreds injured, following renewed clashes between two of Misseriya branches " Amran’s sons " and "al-Zyoud" in a dispute over the ownership of land in West Kordofan.

"We want them (the children) for the future and whoever dies must have died in the defence of the country. I want you to commit yourself to not use the gun against each other but you should direct it to the enemies of Sudan and all your enemies."

The incumbent president further criticised the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North and advised the Misseriya youth against joining the rebel group which he termed as "mercenaries" and called them to return home.

"We have one message to address from here in Al-Fula to the deceived youth who are still carrying arms. Look at the SPLM-programme of the New Sudan what it did in South Sudan", he said adding "We do not want the destruction that happened there to move here."

He pledged to clear Kordofan region from the rebellion, end the war and to develop it.

Al-Bashir is expected to continue his electoral campaign next week and visit further states including North Kordofan.


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  • 13 March 2015 10:23, by Mr Point

    Salma Kiir, the current President of South Sudan would rather see the country fall apart while he clings blindly to power, than to complete the SPLM vision and to see all the items in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement completed that al-Bashir has defaulted on.

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    • 13 March 2015 12:04, by Mayom County Boy

      Time for Dinka Ngok to fight Sudanese government especially Sudanese president Bashir , falling to do that I think Abyie will be taken by Sudanese Arab very soon.
      where is Luka Biong at this time ? let him wake up Bashir want to grab is grandparents land , instead of sitting idling in Abroad countries . time for Luka Biong to respond what Bashir is claiming for Abyie.

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      • 13 March 2015 12:23, by Big Boy

        Dear County
        You think abyei case is for abyei people only? if yes it’s means South Sudanese peoples are cowads to say yes, this issue is concerning all of us? don’t be panic? I am not from Abyei but we are nations one people, and you sounded like mr food-lover brother!who does’nt fighting none food stuffs# Kuajock,Oyee Awiel Oyee, Rumbek Oyee #

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        • 13 March 2015 12:50, by Big Boy

          Cont, why i am saying this because you see ur husband BASHIR visit Kurdofan you think it’s Abyei? he’s not in abyei town believe me brother? Bashir is fooling people, Media’s like you believe it now, and start painting the bad image to these peoples of abyei? during the war do you think people of Abyei were not a part of this achievment of independence or CPA, YOU are cowards man and a big shame.

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          • 13 March 2015 13:11, by Mayom County Boy

            Dear Big Boy Am nuer by tribe , please be aware that Abyie belong to Dinka Ngok communities no need for nuer to intervene .which mean it is problem of dinka communities and Arab of Sudan. why are you killing nuer communities last year on 15/12/2013 in Juba ,if we are one people ?

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            • 13 March 2015 14:16, by Redeemer

              There is no need to ask anybody about the killing of Nuer in Juba for the answer is simple(REBELS)

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              • 15 March 2015 11:51, by Mayom County Boy

                Dear redeemer and big boy Abyie was liberated by mayom county son,by name major General Peter Gatdet Yak,so most of Abyie communities return home when Peter Gatdet capture the town from Arab of Sudan,now a day there was no administration in Abyie that belongs to dinka kingdom,shame to you dinka you just know how to garb money,you don’t know how to fight your enemy

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      • 14 March 2015 10:48, by Malakal county Simon

        Mayom county boy

        Foolish president will the price whether alive or dead!! #Let’s allutta continues#

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  • 13 March 2015 15:58, by acuil deng

    Heglig (Panthou) and Bamboo oilfields are now taken by Sudan. Abyei, however, is going to be next, since Omar Bashiir knows well how to use the conflict between Kiir and Machar for his own benefit. Abyei is loyal to Juba; however, there’s nothing that Juba can do for Abyei, that Dinka Ngok can’t do their for land. Therefore, they should start their own fire because somebody will get burned.

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  • 14 March 2015 03:01, by Northern Sudanese

    what you mean Sudan is taking benefit of conflict in South Sudan? Sudan took that place for itself in 2011 and only withdrew forces a year later to be replaced by UN forces to keep peace in the border. south sudan didn’t do anything. we take it again if dinka insist in attacking misseireyah. but we just want peace, only a fair referendum will fix the dispute or a partition of the area

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