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Sudan says there are 169 policemen in Abyei to maintain order


May 31, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) announced Thursday that there are 169 policemen in Abyei to maintain public order but reiterated that that it pulled out all its troops deployed in the contested area.

A UN position close to the restive town of Abyei on the South Sudan-Sudan border on 17 April 2011 (Photo: Getty Images)

Juba on Wednesday accused Khartoum of violating a UN resolution demanding the two countries to withdraw all their troops out of Abyei in accordance with a security deal they signed on 20 June 2011.

South Sudanese army spokesperson, Colonel Phillip Aguer, said that SAF still have two platoons in Abyei dressed in police uniform; and one battalion of police in Diffra near the oil fields. He further cited Atilla, Agany and Langer where he alleged that Khartoum maintains troops.

Reacting to these accusation, SAF spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khaled reaffirmed the withdrawal of the Sudanese army from the disputed area. He however pointed out that there are 169 police officers who remain there until the formation of police force.

"There is 169-strong police force equipped with regular arms to perform duties until the formation of an administrative police force agreed by the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC)," he said.

Al-Sawarmi further told the official news agency SUNA that another force police specially formed in accord with the South Sudan ruling party, SPLM, to protect the oil fields in Diffra.

He further stressed that UN and SPLA officers who are part of joint monitoring team witnessed the withdrawal of the Sudanese troops.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the withdrawal of the Sudanese troops from Abyei and urged the two parties to form a new local administration as they agreed in the 20 June 2011 deal.

Sudan rejected in the past to withdraw its troops from Abyei accusing Juba of refusing to form the agreed new administration.

Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir on 21 May 2011 dissolved the Abyei administration and relieved its chief administrator and his deputy without consulting his vice-president and president of south Sudanese government, Salva Kiir as stipulated in the 2005 peace agreement.

The dissolution took place after the capture of the disputed area by the Sudanese army following an attack on its troops by uncontrolled elements from the SPLA.

Abyei’s chief administrator, Deng Arop Kuol, was suspected by Khartoum of managing secretly to increase the number of SPLA elements in the contested area.


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  • 1 June 2012 06:28, by Ayom Dor

    Hopeless khartoum! It is high time u fix yr minds rights! Just withdraw all yr forces!

    • 1 June 2012 06:39, by Mi diit

      169 Khartoum’s police to do what in Abyei while UNISFA is there to tackle civilian security. See how Khartoum cannot be trusted. They fooled UN that they withdraw all their security forces. South Sudan should also redeploy 169 police in Abyei to match those lawless Bashir’s police.

      • 1 June 2012 07:39, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) announced Thursday that there are 169 policemen in Abyei to maintain public order.
        For who? since all Abyei citizen are not longer there,we know Arabs are planning to settle Misseriya in Abyei which can not help them at all,whether by negotiation or war Abyei is for the S Sudan.Let Omer put this in his or her mind very clear.


    • 1 June 2012 07:09, by Chol

      Was it under the UN agreement that 169 police will be left by Sudan? If that was that was the case, then why was it not for South Sudan to do so? The UN and AU should stand firm on their leadership, otherwise they will not be respected!

    • 1 June 2012 07:55, by Robot

      ’When a dog plays with it master, it looks like it has no teeth’, The Situation in Abyei when left to spill out, Sudanese in the far North would realize they had done a very big mistake, the people misguided here that they can take South Sudanese with their land might be mad people... anyway Abyei dilemma will lead to a regrettable war by the Fake Arabs.

    • 1 June 2012 13:33, by South Dengjok

      sudanese are people who alway complaince for nothing ,it is their behavior in their life,no complaince,no wonderfull life in sudanese system.pls don,t shout for nothing ,this shouting is more worse than silent.

  • 1 June 2012 06:34, by Akol Liai Mager

    What order? The present of these Janjaweed, Popular Defence Forces and NISS agents in the Police Uniforms is a clear violation of the UNSC resolution. It is also a disruption of the order because being there is a threat to Abyiei returnees. UNSC must enforced its resolution on the NIF by applying tougher sanctions.

  • 1 June 2012 06:39, by Michael Angelo

    That is a pure lie, Mr. Liar. We don’t need your policemen in Abyei nor believe you’re outside. SPLM should not waste time in Addis Ababa negotiating withthis terrorists because this thugs in Khartoum will not agree or honor anything since they have a notion that they can defeat us militarily.

  • 1 June 2012 06:41, by Madina Tonj

    The South Sudan government must not rely on 2046 resolution, you can tell that, there is lacking of follow up the rule of law within the United Nation and International community. Good example, why the action was not taken on Omar al Bashir being indicted.?

    1. GOSS must rent airforce from any nation and 2. GOSS must buy intercept missiles and deploy across in South Sudan.3.Return Panthou and sta

    • 1 June 2012 08:21, by SEE ME

      Madina Tonj
      you better ask the UN and AU to stay away from this simple problem.

      SAF and SPLA will solve it for ever

      • 1 June 2012 08:35, by South South

        You talk about was if as you faced before.

      • 1 June 2012 08:44, by South South

        I mean you talk about war as if you faced it before.

        • 1 June 2012 09:51, by SEE ME

          DARFURIANS rebels killed my relatives in 2004 while they were after their cattle but my brother’s son did very and killed 18 ciminals.

          SPLA is main VIRUS in DARFUR

          I don’t want to talk about myself but "TAR" is highly required.

          JESUS, MOHAMED, MOSES, ADAM,... died
          We wiil all die very soon.

          • 1 June 2012 21:46, by South South

            SEE Me,

            You are NCP who is very confused all the time. I believe your hands are full with the blood of innocent people from Darfur. You can not deny it here.

      • 1 June 2012 11:10, by eye-of-an-eye

        we don’t want to see even single SAF or Sudan police in Abyei, NCP thought they are smart on playing around, they will see what will happen next, we are going to deploy 200 police too then we will see what security council response, they should preasure these terorist before we deploy our police sooner.

  • 1 June 2012 06:52, by john k

    That is pathetic, what is 169 polcemen still doing in Abyei? all Khartoum military personnel including their police unit were expected to leave the area 3 days ago,yesterady the SPLA spokeman Aguer said Sudanese forces are still at the peripheries of Abyei, khartoum please i know you are looking for war, but this time it will be ugly than the battle of Panthau. please leave abyei.

    • 1 June 2012 07:13, by South South

      These are not policemen brothers. These are the members of SAF who are in police uniforms. Do not believe anything coming out from NCP.

  • 1 June 2012 06:53, by Madina Tonj

    If the SPLA retake Panthou then, they must stay or move ahead to Kosti border. We see these NCP and their SAF are joking said, they have withdraw now they says they left 169 this is unacceptable confusion. Khartoum regime has to rethink again, if they want such a bitterness relationship with South Sudan to continues or choose to make good relation, they have the choice to make and we are ready

    • 1 June 2012 07:13, by Northern Sudanese

      Madina Tonj

      you know what happened to them when they last time tried.........if they come again, they will lose more

      • 1 June 2012 08:10, by zulu

        Do not believe your force. Trust me. Any agreement that will arise out of this talks are just politica statements. The devilish and hawkish attitude of NCP is not anything that will establish trust between us. We will go back to squre one untill the NCP is totally defeated and removed from power.

      • 1 June 2012 08:34, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,

        We were so nice when we were alone debating here as South Sudanese people, but now I see you and guy called See Me here. By the way, we, people of South Sudan are black, black and black. What is your color and See Me ?

        • 1 June 2012 08:38, by Northern Sudanese

          South South

          What has colour to do with the border issue? XD

          • 1 June 2012 08:45, by South South

            You forgot what you said yesterday. I want to know what is your color ?

        • 1 June 2012 08:40, by Northern Sudanese

          South South

          yes, we are all black.........however, south sudanese are more proper black and north sudanese are more proper brown (most of them) you can clearly see the difference between a northerner and a southerner

          but that has nothing to do with the border issue XD

          • 1 June 2012 08:58, by South South

            Northern Sudanese,
            Border issue is in our hands and SPLA does not play, you know that and you will hear from us very soon. For color, I want to tell you one thing: God created two colors only ( White and Black). Any color bewteen them is man made color. When you put laundry in your head and say you are an Arab is fake. We are all black Africa and we should be together.

            • 1 June 2012 17:19, by Northern Sudanese

              South South

              learn religion first, then come and speak crap XD

              • 1 June 2012 21:50, by South South

                Northern Sudanese,

                "learn religion first, then come and speak crap XD"

                Please help me to understand the quote above.

        • 1 June 2012 17:51, by Northern Sudanese

          South South

          alone debating on the website of your enemy country? XD

  • 1 June 2012 07:15, by Jok 011

    It is a pure lie, the jalaba are ready to commit another genocide on the African tribe of the Republic Southern Sudan, that’s why they cover them selves up before they start anything.169 police left for what when the UN forces are there.

  • 1 June 2012 08:26, by didiermoiss


    This situation is not normal, the United Nations should increase monitoring and controls.

    • 1 June 2012 09:57, by SEE ME


      WHY you cry for UN and AU.

      Do it by yourself the way you want it to be.

      Be AFRICAN and stop begging those who took your grand fathers as SLAVES to USA.

  • 1 June 2012 08:59, by Gatkuoth

    Sudan denies armed police still in Abyei region. “We didn’t have any police at all inside Abyei area, now or in the past,” foreign ministry spokesman Al Obeid Meruh said. http://gulftoday.ae/portal/31cb97e9-df81-42c0-90ec-1f27296d4eae.aspx

    It is good that you are exposing your lies to the world.

  • 1 June 2012 10:10, by Ahmado

    South Sudanese you have vote for separetion to end being second class citizen but what happen when the people of south sudan die day and night because of leaders who deos mind of his people or we have being ruled by leader who have no sperit of nationalism therefore i remember when are in war people died but knew we were in war zone now they said we are in peace what show? killing become rampage.

    • 1 June 2012 10:58, by Gatkuoth

      Is what you have commented relevant to why you are not withdrawing from Abyei? The current living conditions are not as worst as South Sudan was still part of your dictatorial Islamic regime. We have free media, freedom of expression and that is why you are unable to get death tolls of our country, how many Sudanese are being slaughtered daily? no media coverage....Oh God, save the marginalized!!

  • 1 June 2012 10:40, by Ahmado

    in south sudan enternal attack happennig against the people of south sudan and leaders of splm announces to world that we are being attack i don’t know why? because we are not capable of revenge people must ignore themselve and prepare for the worse scenario.

  • 1 June 2012 13:33, by valentinoakec@yahoo.com

    Look! it is another blunder, the Khartoum did not withdraw its forces from Abyei, but it was unfotunate to see that UN authorities announsed their withdrawal without any verification, what is really happening with the UN and the UNSIFA Forces in the area? let our leadership capitalize on this,why the UN is always inclined to accept Khartoum lies? it is something we must investigate.

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