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South Sudan police to withdraw from Abyei


April 29, 2012 (LONDON) - South Sudan informed the United Nations Sunday that it intends to withdraw all its police from the disputed Abyei region, which is claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan, a letter from the UN’s newest member told the world body.

The announcement appears to be an attempt to recover from the diplomatic fallout of South Sudan’s occupation of another contested region, Heglig, which borders Abyei.

The UN described South Sudan’s action as "illegal". Juba says it only reacted in self-defence against ground and air attacks by the Sudan Armed Forces. The African Union, European Union and Arab League all issued strong statements rebuking South Sudan and calling for it to immediately withdraw from Heglig, which it did on 20 April.

"Even your allies are telling you [the SPLM government in Juba] have done wrong", said Mutrif Siddiq, the nominated Ambassador to Juba and senior member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party, on Thursday.

South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar has admitted that diplomatically Juba failed to explain its position on the issue, with most of the international community taking Khartoum’s point of view that the area is in South Kordofan.

Juba also announced that it accepted the African Union’s demands for the two sides immediately cease all hostilities. Negotiations were called off by Khartoum after the SPLA took Heglig on April 10.

The decision to pullout of Abyei, which was supposed to hold a vote last year over whether it will join South Sudan, was taken at a Saturday meeting of South Sudan’s cabinet chaired by President Salva Kiir.

"All of these acts of peace are being done to reaffirm and demonstrate with concrete measures my government’s true commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the outstanding matters with the Republic of Sudan," said the letter dated 28 April, according to Reuters.

The United Nations Security Council has reported that both sides have "unauthorised" forces in the region, which was supposed to have been demilitarised as part of a deal that has brought 3,800 UN peacekeepers to the volatile area.

The UN mission (UNISFA) was created in July last year after SAF used force to take control of the area. Khartoum maintains it was provoked into the attack, which displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

The dispute over the fertile region was to be resolved by a plebiscite in January last year but the two sides could not agree on who should be allowed vote. As well the Dinka Ngok, the nomadic Misseriya tribe use the area to graze their cattle for part of the year.

However, South Sudan’s referendum did go ahead with 98% of voters opting for independence, which was finalised in July 2011.

Sudan’s military has previously said that it will only pullout once a civilian administration is put in place as per the Abyei deal last year.


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  • 30 April 2012 06:54, by SeekingTruth

    Its’ okay to pullout as long as the South gov’t will keep pressing these international bodies to demilitarize the border of 1956. While doing so, South Sudan’s position will improve diplomatically world-wide and this will give us green light of reclaiming our territory without anybody interference since those pigs in Khartoum won’t be listening to withdraw their forces though the South did.

    • 30 April 2012 07:02, by SeekingTruth

      cont....SPLA forces must give the North forces 2-3 weeks to withdraw from all the disputed areas, should there be a failure to do so which is likely then, South will be entitled to reclaimed what’s rightfully theirs with nail and tooth!

    • 30 April 2012 07:28, by Makuei

      Bashir is a pig, see him here on the video.


    • 1 May 2012 09:31, by peace seeker

      Is this a withdrawal or fleeing?.You claimed the same withdrawal from Hijleeg.Keep doing so please.please name your president Mr. W.Kair.

  • 30 April 2012 06:57, by Biliu

    There is a lot of misleading information in the international arena regarding those disputed areas between South and North Sudan, I hope this act of good intentions form the government of South Sudan will not be understood as admission of guilt as we all seen when our troops withdrew from Panthou (Heglig)

  • 30 April 2012 07:09, by Madina Tonj

    Southern Sudanese need to study those words that, were said, by UN,EU, and AU. We have had million dies during 21 years and those mentions failed to take action against Sudan government. Khartoum regime was continues bombing South Sudan even when the CPA was signed yet, UN,EU and AU haven’t said it was illegal and unacceptable. Darfurian were been kills by regime and those words have not been said

    • 30 April 2012 07:23, by Dinkawarrior

      We are now in critical time to defense our country from the so called Arab Sisters whom united against us. This is a time to pray so that the Almighty God brings people together to fight the common enemy rather than ourselves!

      Lord hears our pray! Oh God have mercy on yours people of South Sudan!

  • 30 April 2012 08:41, by mohammed ali

    Those withdrawn were not police, they were SPLA soldiers. Salva is planing another attack to other areas. Hence the state of emergency.SPLA theifs see no solution to their own problems eccept through war! It is very unfortunte.The poor, need, starving & vulnerable will only suffer.The "liberators " famillies families & children are far & away!

    • 30 April 2012 08:57, by Jielster

      That is the real diplomacy which can never be understood by these fools, withdrawing is not our problem, we are playing the mind game boys.... Lol

    • 2 May 2012 12:52, by Peacocktail

      NO withdrawal of our SSPS in Abyei unless SAF leave the area withing 48 hours or faced War.

      I don’t see the reason why withdraw Police and we have Our CIvilians in Abyei, SAF will murder them if our Police is not there as they did in Kadugli while UNMIS were watching at civilians being stroke from theirs houses and slaughter like goats in Kadguli street, Shame on UNSC and AU for being bias,SPLA

  • 30 April 2012 08:49, by mohammed ali

    Compare this situation! Devastatin war, which will never be won versus peace & $ 8 billions infrastrucure projects against oil guarrantees. SPLA theifs prefered war. Because they don’t care , their foreign bank accounts are full and families & childrens are safe & secure!War is not going to solve any problem.In fact it weakened the position of SS tremendously!

    • 30 April 2012 08:56, by Kurnyel

      We don’t need people in Abyei but just our land so whatever you do we can not give you anything again because you are Americans agents in our region. So withdraw whoever you wanted but we will not change our possition that Abyei is north Sudan.

    • 30 April 2012 09:06, by zulu

      Critics of international justice often question the significance of charging suspects when they seem beyond the reach of law. The Taylor verdict shows how short-sighted that perspective is. Though Taylor did not immediately face justice after his indictment was unsealed, he ultimately was taken into custody, tried and judged for his crimes.(allafrica)

      • 30 April 2012 09:10, by zulu

        Cont..The verdict should put fugitives from justice - even at the highest levels of power - on notice. Notably, while President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on crimes committed in Darfur is at liberty today, he may be brought to trial in the future.
        CNN has witnessed yesterday an attack against spla by saf

        • 30 April 2012 09:46, by mohammed ali

          Zulu, have sense only one time in your life! It is not Basheer with whom you have problem. Do you think if Basheer goes we let you take Heglig? Think, use your brain. Do you have a personal problem with Basheer. No Sudanese will ever let you take Heglig.ICC has no relevance here!Neither darfur, BN or SK. No one will let you take them. Baheer is not the chief of the tribe to whom we bow!

          • 30 April 2012 10:15, by Koang

            Mohamed Aly.
            When did you come to know Pathou/Heglig that you can’t let it go the south as the true own of that location.
            It was 1980s when North Government renamed it Helig.
            if you will never give it back to us, we neither will let go!

    • 2 May 2012 12:29, by Peacocktail

      Look at Mohammed who had no shame, Bashir had stolen Sudan and South Sudan Money since his coup and invested in Saudi Arabia now being look at by adopted child. Our Leaders never steal our resources nor they invest in any country.they will die with us here in South Sudan but Bashir will go and hide in Saudi Arabia or Iran seeking refuge bcoz of ICC. SPLA will deals with you vegrously.SPLA Oyee.

  • 30 April 2012 09:02, by E. Defense Forces
  • 30 April 2012 11:56, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Well Executed...This Is The Kind Of Strategy That SPLA Has Been Working On Prior To Withdrawal From Panthou/Heglig In Order To Regain Trust From The International Community...Failure By SAF Soldiers To Withdraw From Abyei Will Now Lead To An All Out War That Will Enable SPLA Retake Panthou Again...This Time With Backup From The World’s Strongest Nations...Israel And Likes...

    • 30 April 2012 17:41, by Ephrem Adonai

      The south Sudanese leadership seem to be juvenile children not known how to run a country..How can you embark on a war adventure before you secure some verbal or real assistance from friendly countries? This is not only a diplomatic failure but also military and intelligence. In fact those bumbs played in Bashir’s Hand. Bashir was not that popular before the war

      • 2 May 2012 13:00, by Peacocktail

        You are right from there, Our Leaders are so naive on Pressure on South Sudan while take time to study and make core discussion to kill Southerners. All Southerners were not Happy with SPLA withdrawal from Panthou, Bashir forces continued staying with UNFA in Abyei untill, where are World Power if Invaded Abyei yet nothing happen why response to Moon words yet he is not the EAC/IGAD.

  • 30 April 2012 17:44, by Ephrem Adonai

    But in a time of crises, people tend to be rallying behind their leader irrespective if they love him or hate him. and the Sudanese are not different. The only shining star in this all debacle is Bashir..and the losers are South Sudanese people, Sudanese people but above all, the incompetent South Sudan leadership.

    Your East African brother.

    God bless Sudan, God bless South Sudan.

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