June 20, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Edward Lino, SPLM leading member from the disputed area, reiterated the commitment of Abyei people to the decision of Abyei Arbitration Tribunal which is expected to be issue next month.
“Whatever the decision, we will abide by and work to implement and will not return to war. Peace process, which started must continue” said Lino in a pubic rally organized in Kadokli, South Kordofan state on Saturday.
“We moved forward and will not go back again,” he further said.
In an agreement reached in June 2008, the two peace partners, the Government of Sudan (GOS) and the former rebel SPLM agreed to accept the forthcoming ruling of an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, which will determine how the boundaries of Abyei are delimited.
In its July ruling, the arbitration tribunal has to determine whether or not the Abyei Boundaries Commission (ABC) experts exceeded their mandate to define and demarcate the area of the Nine Ngok Dinka Chiefdoms transferred from Bahr el Ghazal to Kordofan in 1905.
GOS had rejected the findings of the ABC report accusing its members of impartiality and violating its mandate.