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No progress on Abyei despite improvement of Sudan- South Sudan relations: UN official


October 25, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan and South Sudan have failed to make progress in to settle the status of the disputed area of Abyei despite the unprecedented improvement of bilateral relations between the two neighbours, after the regime change in Khartoum, said the head of the United Nation peacekeeping department.

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission, Jean-Pierre Lacroix speaks to reporters in Juba, August 1, 2017 (UN photo)

In a briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday 24 October, Jean Pierre Lacroix detailed the recent progress achieved by the two countries with the view to resolve the outstanding border disputes and to enhance joint cooperation.

"These positive developments have not been extended to the settlement of the final status of Abyei," Lacroix said as he submitted a report from the Secretary-General on the situation in Abyei and demanded to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

"No meetings of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee has taken place since November 2017. No progress has been made in the establishment of joint governance institutions, including the police, the court, and the corrections, either" he added.

With regard to the increasing criminality in the area due to the lack of a joint police force, the international diplomat said that Khartoum showed a willingness to discuss the establishment of the Abyei Police Service but Juba did not respond to this imitative.

"This is of paramount concern, since the general security situation in Abyei remains fragile, with persisting intercommunal tensions, an increase in criminality, and the sporadic presence of armed," he said.

Abyei is the only disputed area for which Sudanese government and the SPLM dedicated a chapter the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005 providing that a referendum would be held to determine its future in 2011 when South Sudanese vote on the remain or leave the greater Sudan.

However, the two parties failed to reach an agreement on who is eligible to take part in this referendum. Also, the Ngok Dinka of Abyei refused later on the formation of the local institutions saying the most important should be to fix the future of the area.

Last year, the United Nations proposed to appoint a civilian deputy head of UNISFA to be tasked with the administration and security of the Abyei Area but Sudan objected saying that such an appointment would be inconsistent with the 2011 Agreement.

Under international law, Abyei is still under Sudan’s sovereignty.


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  • 26 October 2019 09:13, by Pakuai

    The Ngok DinkaS/Jiengs ’did their own referendum’ and voted overwhelmingly to have nothing to do with our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. Their ’referendum results’ were ’recognized by their South Sudanese cousins’. ’A referendum was done in Ukraine by the people of Crimea and ran Russia’>>>>

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    • 26 October 2019 09:21, by Pakuai

      Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, Ms. Victoria Nulanda and their bunch of evil juus (so-called israelis) love of other people’ s countries and the losers thought they would play their ’so-called ’COLD WAR’ on others and get away with it. Good luck to the evils. Where is Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, Lord Resistant army (LRA), Mr. Barack Hussein Obama’s ’young African leader initiative (YALI)?, we killed>>>>

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      • 26 October 2019 09:24, by Pakuai

        almost all of them, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Fellows, watch this space.

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        • 26 October 2019 09:32, by Pakuai

          We want the Abeshas (so-called ethiopians) to get their hell out of our ’Abyei’ We are going to bomb Abesh (so-called ethiopia) back to *Yemen and Saudi Arabia*. And get away with it, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Who says we consider these vermin in our ’backyard’? Who really says?

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          • 27 October 2019 04:34, by jubaone

            1. Your jienge Kiirminal president already disowned Abyeians and refused to recognize that bogus referendum.
            2. Over 60% of Abyeians have chosen with their stomachs to remain with their jellaba masters, 20% are idling in Equatoria or fled away to other places, rest are old, sick and dying. Too weak to fight.
            3. None from the rest 63 tribes will waste time on Abyei.
            4. Liberate Abyei alone.

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            • 27 October 2019 06:11, by Khent


              Do you really expect any of these regime cheerleaders to actually condemn the very ’people’ that have given them ill-gotten wealth and power? It’s true that Salva Kiir betrayed and abandoned the people of Abyei, and that only the Dinka should fight for Abyei but your figures are not credible...

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              • 27 October 2019 06:20, by Khent

                ..How did you even arrive at the figures you provided? Can you cough up some sources? And what criteria are you using to determine that 60% of the Ngok of Abyei "have chosen with their stomachs to remain with their Jellaba masters"?

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