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Abyei is a Sudanese territory, reaffirms President Bashir


February 13, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - President Omer al-Bashir Monday has asserted that Abyei remains a Sudanese territory pointing that the national authorities perform their full administrative duties

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 made his remarks over the disputed area in a meeting with a delegation of the Sudanese Women parliamentarians’ Caucus headed by MP Wafa Mekki Ali.

"Sudanese President reaffirmed that Abyei is a Sudanese territory and every Sudanese can apply for all the identification documents from Abyei," reported the news agency SUNA.

The official news agency didn’t explain why al- Bashir made this statement. But seemingly the women group raised the administrative difficulties Sudanese are facing in the disputed area which is without official institutions.

In March 2015, speaking from Al-Fula the capital of West Kordofan state, Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir declared that the contested Abyei area belongs to Sudan and will remain a Sudanese territory.

Sudanese official used to underline that the Abyei protocol of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) provides that Abyei remains part of Sudan until a referendum has taken place.

In accordance with the 2005 peace agreement, the residents of the disputed area of Abyei have to decide in a referendum if they want to remain part of the Sudan or join South Sudan. But the failure to reach an agreement over who is a resident of Abyei prevents to conduct the vote.

Also, the Ngok Dinka refuse the implementation of an agreement reached on 20 June 2011 to establish an interim administration in Abyei.

They demand that Khartoum accepts to hold a referendum without the participation of the Misseriya pastoralists who move between the disputed area and other parts of Sudan every year.

Khartoum and Juba rejected an unilateral referendum organized by the Ngok Dinka where they decided to join the South Sudan.

But the two capitals formed two separate administrations to for the inhabitants of the disputed areas. Also Khartoum formed the Higher Abyei Dinka Affairs Coordinating Council to manage issues related to the Ngok’s integration in the Sudan and solve local disputes with the Misseriya.


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  • 14 February 2017 09:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Yes, president Bashir, said stupid remark because of South Sudanese are killing themselves, and they forget about Abyei.
    This Time president Kiir, should aprove the 2011 Abyei referendum with 98% total votes favouring to join South Sudan.
    South Sudanese leaders must be focus on Abyei area and other external aggression and leave corruptions, rebellion, Omer el Bashir will not end he will reach u

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    • 14 February 2017 17:44, by Eastern

      Kiir doesn’t sleep nowadays because of his foolishness.....

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  • 14 February 2017 09:33, by Free South Now

    Sudan President Omer Bashir would have reaffirms reclaiming back the whole of South Sudan not only Abyei because South Sudanese are not capable to rule themselves

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    • 14 February 2017 17:47, by Eastern

      Sudan president Omar El Bashir would have reaffirmed..........

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  • 14 February 2017 12:35, by may patrick

    kiir has sell land of Abyei without doubt ,kiir and Omar has agree last yr in khartuom ,,kiir has sileint sudan tribune of paying them off in order it will not be report in the news paper or in internet on line

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    • 14 February 2017 17:45, by Eastern

      Kiir has sold the land of Abyei......

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  • 14 February 2017 17:49, by Eastern

    I am wondering why southern Sudanese who were IDPs in northern Sudan wasted their time studying in colloquial Arabic! Starting from those who qualified as lawyers, engineers, doctors and ending with those who are teachers. Pathetic!!!!!

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  • 14 February 2017 18:25, by marie


    There was no colloquial Arabic in higher institutions in Sudan. North Sudan had its schools from primary (elementary) to secondary in classic Arabic, while Universities such as Khartoum, Gezira, Sudan University for Science and Technology had English as a medium of communication for most of the colleges, except a few. Things only changed when Bashir took power in 1989.

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  • 14 February 2017 18:33, by marie

    He changed all the Universities to be in Arabic. So anyone who studied between 1995 and 2006 in the North had to go through the system. In the South in 70’s and 80’s, there were a lot of schools especially in the big towns from primary to intermediate in Arabic, but one has to switch to English in secondary. That is why most of the people who had their education during that time are fluent in both

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  • 15 February 2017 07:37, by hamil

    Here we go, Bashir is the ideal enemy to be fought but Salva Kiir turned his own South Sudanese as his enemies instead of Uniting to resist foreign aggression from the likes of Bashir Kiir is spending millions of dollars to resist internal aggression which he lit up himself. Let’s see if Kiir has the balls to stand up to Bashir I am sure some South Sudanese would say who cares if Bashir takes Abye

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  • 26 March 2017 09:57, by Blackstar Deng Bol

    You are true because our hungry government here is suffering how to solve economic crisis and fighting at positions but time will come for generations will one day.

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