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S. Sudan calls on religious leaders to hold prayers over Abyei

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December 29, 2012 (WAU) - The co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee, Luka Biong on Saturday called on religious leaders to hold prayers dedicated to bringing about a peaceful settlement to the conflict with Khartoum over the ownership of the contested Abyei region.

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Abyei church (Enough Project)

“The religious leaders, whether in churches or in mosques should hold prayers asking God to bring peace in Abyei and to the conflict over post secession issues with the government of Sudan,” Biong told Sudan Tribune.

He also said religious leaders “have a big role to play in bringing peace to the two countries.”

This is particularly significant given the impending Juba-Khartoum presidential summit, in which various unresolved issues, including the status of Abyei, within the frame of the proposal by the African Union Peace and Security Council roadmap will be discussed, he added.

Biong expressed optimism about the meeting bringing together the countries’ leaders.

The Sudanese President, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir said he is ready to meet his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir "anytime" and "anywhere" as both leaders try to resolve outstanding issues between the two neighbours.

“There are challenges which require the government of the republic of South Sudan to approach all the African heads of state to share with them the plans and diplomatic efforts being exerted and also see their expected roles in resolving the conflict. But one thing is clear despite these challenges. The African heads of state will endorse the proposal because there is no way they reject it because it has already been endorsed by the ambassadors and foreign ministers representing them,” said Biong.

He accused the Khartoum government of contradicting itself by campaigning against referral of the AU proposal to the UN Security Council (UNSC), yet it falls within the same road map earlier endorsed by Sudan as the basis for negotiations between the two parties. 

The Sudanese government, Biong said, rejected the AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) proposal, which backed an Abyei referendum and opposed the inclusion of the Misseriya tribe in its vote was rejected by Khartoum.

Khartoum, he reiterated, instead showed support for a previous proposal the mediation panel made in 2010, suggesting that the two areas be divided between the two parties.

The inclusion of the Misseriya ethnic group in a vote on Abyei’s future is contentious as they are nomadic, spending only part of the year in the region and they are traditionally aligned with Khartoum.

The Abyei issue was in June 2008 referred to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) to determine its boundaries. However, the ruling, which took place in the Hague only redefined Abyei’s boundaries, but did not stipulate the region’s fate.

On 14 December, the AUPSC decided in its 349th meeting in Addis Ababa to refer the endorsement of the AU proposal on the final status of Abyei area to its meeting at the level of the Heads of State. The next meeting of the Council is scheduled to be held on the margins of the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU in January 2013.

“This is the African solution which the government of Sudan is pushing for. The proposal was made by the mediators based on the African Union peace and Security Council which they have approved as the basis of negotiations for the parties. Instead of working for implementation they are turning around to oppose the same proposal they have endorsed. They cannot have it both ways: reject and accept,” stressed the co-chair of AJOC.

Meanwhile, President Kiir, in a statement aired on the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV), said he remains committed to the full implementation of the agreement he signed in September with Sudanese counterpart to end the dispute over all outstanding issues with the north.

Kiir made these remarks at a public address after Thursday’s meeting with the Ethiopian prime ministerr, Hailemariam Desalegn.

The two leaders discussed a number of issues, specifically focusing on the need to expedite the implementation of the cooperation and resume bilateral relations with neighboring Sudan.

"We have discussed a number of issues, especially the role the Ethiopian government can play in bringing peace and stability to our people and to end hostilities so that people can focus on development. On our side as the Government of South Sudan we have told him our full commitment to implementing the agreement," said Kiir.

The South Sudan leader also expressed willingness to meet Bashir “anytime and anywhere” to discuss how to amicably resolve the remaining outstanding issues.

“I have told the comrade Prime Minister my position. My position is very clear. I am committed to the full implementation of the cooperation agreement. I also made my position clear on the summit," said Kiir.

"I am ready to meet president Bashir anytime anywhere. If they tell me to meet him tomorrow, I will be the first to go to the venue. I have already invited him and this invitation remains open for him,” he added.

The Ethiopian Premier also held talks with the Sudanese President, prior to his meeting with the South Sudan leader.

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  • 30 December 2012 08:02, by Jalaby

    I agree with Mr. Luka that we all need to pray for the peace but Abyei will always stay north!

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    • 30 December 2012 08:08, by South South

      No, Fake Arab of NCP will never understand anything called peace unless force on them. It will be wasting of time if we think NCP will settle Abyei’s issue peacefully.

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      • 30 December 2012 08:26, by master

        south sudan
        keep dreaming

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        • 30 December 2012 22:05, by zulu

          Mistress,
          Dreaming!!! There is nothing to dream about but peace. If force is utilized like we would like to, it is you folks who would be denied the right to stay in Sudan, since you are foreigners. The Nuba and For will just chase you away and you will not have any place since you lost your origin. Just open your arse or pussy

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      • 30 December 2012 08:35, by bianaathling

        Prayer is vital in any process.But God say do your best and he will do the rest for you.Bashir is also praying along side with his people about the Abyei issue i don’t know where will it takes.God will tell us the rightly person to take the land of Abyei.

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    • 30 December 2012 10:05, by Dinkawarrior

      Jalaby
      Yes, I gree that we South Sudanese should be praying harder in order for us to uprooted the whole Arab in our Land.
      I am Dinkawarrior, the former Red Army Veteran from Intifather battallions.

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  • 30 December 2012 08:07, by pacoto

    if sense of the Almighty God is coming into the mind of the politicians that c’ld be a call from God.only god rescue not man as he stuggle .prayer is valuable than fighting.

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  • 30 December 2012 08:31, by nuer food lovers

    mr. Luka bro ur hyaena father left u with a miss histroy under the vagabond(vagrant)messeriay no question on that they re since am valedictorian in Abyei history!but u acted as valet to mr.kiir kuethpiny for long as well as a worst vampire to south sudan leadership.u vadal ur self beyond expectation in destroying south sudan through Abyei fate that decided ur hyaena and vadal father.ur valour.....

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    • 30 December 2012 08:40, by nuer food lovers

      may help to vanquish the Arab aggression if u varnish ur poor politic which re so vaudeville to south sudan soveriegnity and economic.they prayers may bring if God can listen to the satan why not God words workers ,any they will pray but u should bring back those of Atem Payien,Ayom matied Ayom,Majiith Yak Kur and so forth to vioce ur vioces as one for south sudanese to rally after u.

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  • 30 December 2012 08:41, by George Bol

    Nuer food lover, the problem of Abyei is beyond coward who stab people at the back, live the issue of Abyei to SPLM/A and just wait for the outcome like you did during the war. before many southerners were talking in different tongues when they felt hot water but after food was brought on the tables,many started making noise. That is unacceptable behavior my brother

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    • 30 December 2012 09:14, by nuer food lovers

      hee mr George Bol u have no understood me, it may come to ur surprise that veering fro nothern sudan to south have cause great vendetta to south sudan,u re vexing ur self by verbosing me as a coward with vile comment against me,i will venerate it,since u even don,t understand my english yaa mrs Nyanbol George,ur vivaciaus beauity should not mislead u. Am much more a worrior than u.&ur coward com.

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      • 30 December 2012 09:31, by Nibs

        Nuer foodlover,
        It obvious English is not your 3rd language.you’re not saying anything at all.

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        • 30 December 2012 09:59, by nuer food lovers

          nibs ,haven,t noted that George Bol have attacked me with his vile comment,while i was zesting in my vicinity luka Biong toword his quailing about vagabond (vagrant) misseriya who re vadaling into Abyei whic was clearly defind by Hague base court that it is belong to nine chiefdom Ngok.but luka vexed the south sudanese with ABC finding report causing vendetta ss.luka is so a zambieing politician.

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  • 30 December 2012 09:39, by Gabriel KK

    There is no word PEACE in Quran, muslims will pray for continues fighting and endless death of innocent civilians in both countries. I personally believe in Jesus Christ who is the prince of peace but I doubt whether God will accept muslims prayers because they all got blood in their hands.

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    • 30 December 2012 17:37, by EES Kingmaker

      Gabriel KK,You have got the point. Islam is not based on peace principles in whatsoever. It is a religion that was spread, propagated by sword and conquest of infidels and their property. It is a paradox for muslims to pray for real peace in Abyei but may be they will do it hypocritically as a show of their solidarity with their fellow South Sudanese Christians.

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  • 30 December 2012 09:45, by 4Justice

    Prayers can never work without repentance! you have to walk away from sin! You can’t just go on drinking, fornicating and looting public funds and expect God to answer your prayers, if we don’t repent as a nation, God will allow our enemies (Who worship Satan) to punish us.

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    • 30 December 2012 09:58, by Gabriel KK

      4Justice,
      You are right.

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    • 30 December 2012 10:11, by Dinkawarrior

      4Justice!
      You’re definitely correct!

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    • 30 December 2012 10:18, by nuer food lovers

      u re right 4justic u fit to achief of justic,legal adviosr to kiir.Abyei re bros but luka should revise and repent his mistake and ill advice he gave to kiir for God accept his prayers.Abyei will be solve by all mean quell his poor politic for better ness his people of Abyei.reduce level of drunkardness.otherwise he will forget Abyie file This fake Arab zap the protocol of Abyei.

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  • 30 December 2012 14:29, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Gabriel KK you are right in quran not verse for peace only blaod war. very sweet comment my dear.
    Let the Dinkaworrior and Dinka Dominate SPLA comment like child.

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    • 30 December 2012 17:23, by EES Kingmaker

      Prayers are good but may not be practical at times. Original mistake for Abyei case was early made by Dinka Ngok forefather, Deng Majok. Now you can see untying is more problmatic than expected. Yet it is South Sudan territory that all us need to fight and reclaim by it all possible means from the enemies___Arab expansionists that shouldn’t get away with their expolitative,imperialist policies.

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  • 30 December 2012 22:07, by panom lualbil

    Regardless of peace haters, warriors of civilians and slaves who sold their minds to arabs, without you like always, we’ll pray and God will help us achieve our right like He did to enjoin this freedom as s sudan. It was becos no failure was counted on. You can also read in Bible Isaiah 18 that: there will be war and peace without separation of dinka- Amen.

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  • 30 December 2012 22:57, by Mohamed

    Misseriya spend from November until July in Abyei area.
    They only leave the area so there cattle survive through the rain season further north from the tsetse fly.
    So, they live in Abyei area for 9 months and leave for only 3 months of the year. Where does that make them inhabitants of?

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