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S. Sudan engages with Russia to support African Union Abyei proposal

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December 7, 2012 (JUBA) – A senior member of the South Sudan government said on Thursday it is engaging with the Russian government to seek support for the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) proposal for the final status of the disputed Abyei region.

“We have come to Moscow to engage the Russian government on the recent agreement with the government of Sudan, especially the AUHIP proposal on Abyei and security arrangements,” Luka Biong Deng; a senior member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) told Sudan Tribune on Thursday.

The Co-Chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee is a member of a high-level delegation led by South Sudan’s lead negotiator in post independence discussions, Pagan Amum, visiting Russia for diplomatic engagements.

Khartoum, rejects a decision of African Union Peace and Security Council (AUSPC) over an Abyei referendum and accused the United Sates of pressing the African states to adopt it, and to refer it to the UN Security Council.

Moscow has shown willingness to support the Sudanese position over Abyei with Russian envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov visited recently Khartoum several times to discuss the issue with the Sudanese officials.

Khartoum also said it convinced the Council member states to not impose a decision that would provoke a return of war between the two sides.

The AUPSC is expected to meet on 14 December to discuss the Abyei issue and to decide whether or not it would refer the proposal to the UN Security Council (UNSC).

“We have come with comrade Pagan [Amum] to meet with senior government officials here. We are now in Moscow and we would like the Russian government to play a positive role in current discussions. The Russians need to support the proposal of the African Union on Abyei and also security arrangements,” Deng said from Moscow.

Russia, a UNSC permanent member, said it favoured allowing the two parties more times to reach a negotiated solution stressing that imposing a decision would not be productive.

South Sudanese foreign minister said earlier this week that supporting the African proposal would avoid allowing "endless talks" with Khartoum.

Speaking to Russia Today TV - Arabic Service, Pagan Amum said the Sudanese government has rejected the various solutions and reports made over Abyei since the singing of the 2005 peace agreement.

The African Union Peace and Security Council’s (AUPSC) six-week deadline, given to Sudan and South Sudan to come to an agreement on the Thabo Mbeki proposal, has expired as of yesterday.

Sudanese foreign minister, Ali Karti, told Khartoum’s parliament that African leaders do not see the reason why the issue of Abyei should be transferred to the UNSC, adding they accepted to privilege the position of his government calling to not impose a decision on the parties that might stir up war between the two sides.

Sudan in the past has supported a previous proposal the African mediation had made in November 2010 providing to divide the disputed region between the two sides they fail to strike a deal on the participation of the nomads of the Misseriya tribe.

(ST)

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  • 7 December 2012 11:33, by master

    even Rassia support SS view no refurandom willl take place without Missarya participation

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    • 7 December 2012 12:03, by Young Lotuko

      Abyei is going to be taken by a gun..

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      • 7 December 2012 14:28, by bianaathling

        I don’t think Russia should support this issue although are right 100%Russia is a powerful nation and i wonder why they keep quite on this issue of Abyei.may be its mind is some where else.

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  • 7 December 2012 18:41, by Mapuor

    Lunatics will never attend to the problems of South Sudan.Abeyie is part of Sudan geographically,culturally,economically,politically and even socially.The official language of Dinka Ngok is Arabic and most people are Muslims.We don’t want second Nigeria in South Sudan.Where are Kiir adem and Panthou?

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    • 8 December 2012 04:43, by ANYANYA1

      Wait minutes, Did you said the official Language of Dinka Ngok is Arabic and they are Muslims ? you must be Kidding, remember Arabic is language and anyone can speak it not only Arab people to speak. second you said Dinka Ngok are Muslims, Yes they can be Muslims, but that dose not mean that there are Arab, third and you need to understand, this land itself is belong to South Sudan.

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  • 7 December 2012 23:08, by Mark Adwok

    Abeiye issues is hindering S. Sudan development. Rassia and US will engage the two Sudan into war because of their economic rival. S. Sudan cannot have both of those countries as partners. Choose one US or Rassia and mind you Rassia is close to Kharatoum.

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  • 8 December 2012 05:25, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Anti-Africa union and UN Secruity council proposal wouldn’t be encouraged,more then international Right on CPA,for Abyei conferrandom,all componoens mediators wouldn’t allow more agreement or moditfied CPA agreement.People of Abyei have rights to vote without Marisyia!.

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  • 8 December 2012 06:18, by Gabriel KK

    Don’t expect anythig good from Russia guys.

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    • 8 December 2012 07:08, by bianaathling

      Your right brother KK, we need not to believe Russia.Every body knows that Abyei belong to South Sudan 100%.But God will help us

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