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Sudan rules out Abyei swap deal with south


October 30, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ruling party brushed aside an offer made yesterday by the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) to fully resolve the issue of the disputed border region of Abyei, saying that it belongs to the north.

FILE - A aerial view of looted items scattered on the ground in front of a deserted homestead on the outskirts of Abyei town (Reuters)

Pagan Amum, secretary general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in RoSS, told Reuters in an interview that they are prepared to offer oil at a discounted price, an unspecified amount of cash, and forgiveness of all arrears from oil sharing claimed by the South from the time before it gained independence last July.

"This is a package that in return the government of Sudan will ensure the territorial integrity of South Sudan by agreeing to transfer Abyei to the South and also ceasing any claims on areas on the border of Southern Sudan that they are claiming," Amum said.

The financial aspect of the deal appears made to lure the north which is struggling economically ever since the oil-rich south seceded.

But the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan quickly rejected the idea.

The NCP spokesperson Ibrahim Ghandour, while addressing a rally at Sennar state in central Sudan said that Abyei belongs to the north and that it is not up for sale or compromise. He added that there is no room for retreat from the fact that it is part of Sudan.

"We will not compromise on Abyei and we will not allow the existence of two armies in the country,” Ghandour said.

The borders of Abyei were redrawn by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in 2009 after the NCP & SPLM agreed to refer the matter to it in a bid to resolve the long standing dispute.

However, the technical commission mandated with demarcating the borders on the ground failed to start the process because of threats leveled by the Arab Misseriya tribe who objected to the PCA ruling.

The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the NCP and SPLM stipulates that two simultaneous self-determination referendums should be held in South Sudan and Abyei so that its residents can decide their fate.

The SPLM has interpreted the ruling as meaning that the cattle-herding Misseriya tribe have no right to vote in areas assigned by the PCA to the Dinka Ngok. However, the Misseriya vow not to allow the vote to take place even if they have to resort to force unless they are allowed to participate.

The situation in the oil-rich region escalated dramatically last May when Sudan’s armed forces (SAF) invaded the area in response to an attack allegedly carried out by southern forces, two months before South Sudan gained independence from Khartoum.

Following mediation by the African Union (AU), both sides agreed to withdraw their forces and have them replaced by an Ethiopian peacekeeping force that was later named United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

But signs of renewed tensions emerged again after Khartoum said that it will not pull its forces unless the AU-brokered Abyei accord is fully implemented.


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  • 31 October 2011 09:50, by Apolloos

    Abyei belongs to Nine Dinka Ngok since and forever. Abyei will never and will not be part of north until God change the demography of the this world, but human being cannot.

    • 31 October 2011 09:58, by Sam.Eto

      Abyei never belonged to The Dinka - they moved there after the Nuer chased them out and the British agreed they can move to it. The SPLM sold you these lies for so long you start believing them. It is now part of the North (within the 56 border) by law. Nothing but a referendum can change that!! Good luck - Ha Ha Ha I suggest your Ngok get comfortable where they are with their Dinka brothers.

      • 31 October 2011 12:06, by Arkangelo K.k. Chawul

        The Arabs came to Sudan in 641BC and are now claiming to be citizens but one day time will come to drive you back to where you belong, forget Abyei deep inside South Sudan.how came about that Dinka is a neighbour to Arabs than being Neighbour to Nuba and Darfur? A person who have no place always stick to someone’s place inorder to survive. Abyei belong to South Sudan whether by peace or by force.

        • 31 October 2011 12:38, by Sam.Eto

          WRONG - The Dinka came from Kenya - same length, colour, language, worship cows and tribal dances.

          Southerners were never part of the Sudan history until the british added them. The history of Sudan and its people dates to 10000 years ago. They still have their language and culture perserved in the North. The Arab language came in 600A.D - keep your delusional biblical dreams to yourself.

          • 31 October 2011 17:12, by Logic

            These guys are truly racist and pathetic.

            There were more than 7 current day nation states in Africa having the name Sudan in their official territorial documentation, mainly colonies of Europeans.

            The fact they don’t accept Arabs as late comers to Sudan should end the argument. Sam.E, Its height not length, woow, where did they get you from? Don’t answer that...lol!

          • 31 October 2011 21:00, by Elijah B. Elkan

            Sam Ito,

            I am sorry dude, but I don’t know what you’re smoking. I will help you in case you don’t know the history. Many people on this forum are confused of your nonsenses comments, please try to convey your point clearly. The Dinka people came from "China" brother!. Do your researcher, before you make a fool of your self.

          • 1 November 2011 05:40, by son of abyei


            Haha so you know history now?..what a joke..if anything u need to contact whoever give you that lame plain bullsh*t of a story and try to get this, SUDAN belong to black africans..Abyei is ours nothing about us that relate to you fools

      • 31 October 2011 17:20, by Logic

        "Abyei never belonged to The Dinka" What a funny statement, given that the word Abyei is the name of a tree in the Dinka language.

        I think we all now know the educational level of these racist fools, what a bunch of indoctrinated bigots. You’re the Zionists you so much despise.

      • 1 November 2011 04:27, by davidcontrol

        Man you might need to see a doctor, I can’t believe Arabic people just throw big lair that way. besides we southerner have learn more from you guys it is just a matter of time and you who claim Abyei belong to the north, go to school where you learn that Abyei belong to the north.
        addition I really don’t understand why NCP of North always ring the bell of war.

  • 31 October 2011 10:10, by Master

    Thats another Joke ! South Sudan/ SPLM wants to buy Abyei from North Sudan - Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

    How cheap do you Dinka Ngok feel now ?

    If South Sudan wants it so bad - doesnt that mean there is ALOT of oil in Abyei. But what a stupid offer !! Honestly Pagan who taught you to bargin ? Zionists ? Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Everything for nothing !

    • 31 October 2011 11:45, by Abyei Soil

      How happy are you? And how long will you be happy laughing, laughing over what? You people in the north should learns manners of international relationship. The govt of South Sudan is there forever and whoever changed it then you could be having a possibilities of changing mountain into a sand zone. Therefore, changing Abyei location is as harder as changing dry wood into a young plant. No one can

      • 31 October 2011 11:49, by Abyei Soil

        No one can change our location from South to somewhere else, I said and I mean it.

        • 31 October 2011 14:58, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          What are those fake arab of sudan trying to say here? Abyei has no meaning in Arabic language rether than the DINKA names.
          You Godless fake arab can be a terrorise but you can not be A Dinkas or Southreness. we know what you are after and that is why we want to help you but not because we are begging you. whol Sudan is ours and everyone in the world know it. including you fake arab.

    • 31 October 2011 17:27, by Logic

      Another fool named Master but has mastered nothing except how to be brainwashed.

      Northern Sudan Elitists (fake Arabs) are the closest thing to Zionists in Africa, apart from the Afrikaans of South Africa.

  • 31 October 2011 14:49, by Cadaai ?o?

    North Sudan needs to leave Abyei alone over their natural given land. NCP, the abduction of Abyei wouldn’t be a good way that will bring in necessarily mutual respect and honesty among two nations in any or another in my view, though. In true sense, Abyei is 100% South Sudan’s land and its people as well.

  • 31 October 2011 15:16, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    The problem of Abyei is definitely like a "prostitute girl".

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

    • 31 October 2011 20:16, by twins

      What’s the next step for South Sudanese after North told them to get the hell out with their money and to be taken out of Abyei militarly? Begging for negotiation will get exhausted evetially. Why does splm keep begging for Dinka Nhoks’ land any way. Let the south sit till it has enough power to get its land from Arab then fight because that’s the only way Beshir want it.

      • 31 October 2011 21:54, by MJriaksdca

        That is a naive decision by South Sudan government. The Ngok Dinka together with the Abyei Land are Southerners and must be claimed without any appeasing package of incentives. We rather go to war or let the land go because we are coward.

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