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Sudan ready to accept Abyei’s partition – Russian envoy


October 6, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan is ready to accept Abyei’s partition, to end the dispute over this region with South Sudan, said Mikhail Margelov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for cooperation with African countries.

Mikhail Margelov (photo Novosti)

Margelov who was on a visit to Khartoum, met on Friday evening with the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and discussed with him, bilateral relations and regional situation. He also met with presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie who will visit Moscow soon.

In statements to the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, about his visit to Sudan, Putin’s envoy said that Bashir informed him about the details of the deals he reached with his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir on some disputed issues and joint cooperation on 27 September in Addis Ababa.

Margelov, according to a report of Novosti released in Arabic, further said that he discussed the issue of the disputed area of Abyei with Bashir. He quote the Sudanese president as saying that he agrees to split Abyei between Dinka Ngok and Misseriya.

Khartoum and Juba have said they are committed to hold a referendum in Abyei where its residents can decide to remain part of Sudan or to join the newly independent state in South Sudan. However, the two parties disagree over the participation of Misseriya nomad who resident partly in the area every year.

Bashir last September rejected a proposal made by the African chief mediator Thabo Mbeki to hold a referendum in Abyei in October 2013 where only the Misseriya who reside permanently can participate.

The Sudanese president accused the mediation of backing the position of the South Sudanese government and pointed out that this position contradicts Abyei protocol which "does not provide for ’permanent’ abode or residence as a condition for voting in the referendum."

In his letter Bashir reiterated the position of his government over the dispute saying they adhere to a previous proposal the mediation made in November 2010 providing to divide Abyei by a presidential decree that maintains the northern part of Abyei in Sudan and transferring the southern part to South Sudan.

Mbeki is expected to report to the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and to the UN Security Council (UNSC) about the 27 September deals and the remaining unresolved issues: Abyei and border demarcations with its disputed areas.

The US administration, according to different sources, is encouraging Mbeki to bring the issue of Abyei to the Security Council following the same procedure of Mile 14, another disputed area, the AUPSC and UNSC forced Sudan to accept as disputed area after long months of refusal.

US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice expressed last Thursday its support to the proposal of the African mediation saying Mbeki "has tabled a proposal that is consistent with the Abyei protocol and the findings of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. We think that’s a worthy and valid proposal and we hope it will remain the basis of the negotiating efforts going forward."

She further underscored that the united position of the 15 member council over Resolution 2046 helped much to achieve the progress made by the Sudanese and South Sudanese parties in the process. She further vowed to remain united to settle the remaining issues.


Margelov, who speaks Arabic, said that Sudan is much interested to develop economic ties with Russia particularly in the field of mineral resources.

He said Soviet scientists in the 1970s compiled a detailed geological map of Sudan, and that the Sudanese officials are very much interested in accessing that information.

According to Novosti, Sudan’s mineral resources minister, Kamal Abdel Latif Abdel Rahim, told Margelov during talks that Sudan has chosen Russia as a strategic mining cooperation partner.

Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie, during his announced visit to Moscow at the end of October, is expected to discuss ways to enhance economic cooperation with Sudan.

Russia seeks to forge strong ties with countries that reject American influence in Africa and Middle East.

China, which has economic interests in Sudan and South Sudan, keeps a low profile every time it comes to discussing the disputes between the two countries, and Beijing is no longer the solid ally who supported Khartoum during the years of Darfur crisis.


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  • 7 October 2012 08:50, by Dinkawarrior

    Mr. Partitionist-Russian, Abyei is the Ngok Dinka Land and it doesn’t anybody to share it with them. If your cooperation with North Sudan is really tied then we say good luck with your friendship. You don’t need to be associated with North because of South Sudan Land, if you want to be a friend with South Sudan then talk with us not Khartoum Thieves.

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    • 7 October 2012 09:02, by Dinkawarrior

      The Partitionist-Russian!
      "Russia seeks to forge strong ties with countries that reject American influence in Africa and Middle East"
      Shame on you Russia!

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      • 7 October 2012 09:18, by Peacocktail

        Russia withdraws it Helicopters from UNMISS and evacuated all Russian fro South Sudan after a Russian was caught flying Late Athor forces to Jonglei using SudanAirways. South SUdan should not invited or have bilateral Tires with Russia. discussion Abyei issue with Khartuom is not Solution. Abyei is not Shared Area ony for Dinka Ngok full Stop. Even if it takes hundred yrs, it shall remain Ngok Lan

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      • 7 October 2012 09:37, by Dinkawarrior

        "He went to quote the Sudanese president as saying that he agrees to split Abyei between Dinka Ngok and Misseriya"
        It’s laughable, Mrs. Homo-Bashit and all Homo-Muslims Arabs. Believed it or not, Ngok Dinka Land will never be divide with those animal nomad called Messeria or whatever they call themselves.

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        • 8 October 2012 10:51, by Abyei Soil

          Poor Bashir is talking on stress, saying he is dividing Abyei in to Northern Part for Misseriya in Sudan, Southern Part for Dinka Ngok in South Sudan, who is he on Abyei Soil to divide it? Abyeis are there for their LAND and doesn’t need you to bother yourself on what should be done, they will take care of their land 100% from Misseriya, the beggers of land.

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      • 7 October 2012 12:48, by $hambe

        Partition of Abyei is impossible my dear younger Russian politician even the God who created universe Human being with its mankinds will not accept.
        For problem of Abyei to be made as simple as that, we the South Sudanese will finish in Abyei.
        Abyei and Hegilig are our land though start trying to dispute the proposal made by AUHIP.

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      • 7 October 2012 14:34, by Hardball

        When did Missariya become residents of Abyei, when they only come to Abyei in the season just to graze their cattle on the beautiful green land of South Sudan? This logic is upside down, just because Missariya bring their cattle for pasture once in a year doesn’t mean they have the right for residency and vote for referendum in the region!

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      • 7 October 2012 15:00, by Hardball

        Jalaby, you remember the ruling of Solomon King making judgment on two women who gave birth at the same time in the same ward. One of the women killed her baby in sleep but came up and pick up the live baby and replace it with the dead one. ---

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        • 7 October 2012 15:01, by Hardball

          When the two came to Solomon, Solomon suggests the baby be cut in half! The woman who killed her baby says yes, cut the baby in half; because she knows the baby is not hers anyway! This is what Sudan is doing by agreeing to slit Abyei into two because they want to benefit from the land that doesn’t belong to them.

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    • 7 October 2012 16:20, by Fallensoilder

      NO partition in Abyei!!! NO agreement in mile 14!!!! SS reject all claims by NTH

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    • 8 October 2012 06:17, by Thuesday:

      Any foolish judge can now borrow a leaf from Solomon’s Wisdom.
      Let us use Solomon’s wisdom to deal with the issue of Abyei.
      Sudan behaves like the mother of the dead child who wanted the living child to be killed and be partitioned into two...

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  • 7 October 2012 09:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What a hell is this ghost coming from? Does he know history of the people and the land of Abyei? It is sad tha a world power had decided to close her eyes before international court of arbitration! What a hell!!

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  • 7 October 2012 09:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What a hell is this ghost coming from? Does he know history of the people and the land of Abyei? It is sad tha a world power had decided to close her eyes before international court of arbitration! What a hell!!

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    • 7 October 2012 09:25, by Peacocktail

      Russian with 1970 Maps, Useless for South Sudan to know if there was map or altered by Russia. Keep your map with Bashir and he shall die with it like Saddam hussein and col.Gadhafi, Russia was watching theirs death yet they were major investors in Mineral and Oil companies, Shame on Russia and China.
      Rice keep up those strong audio val words, Abyei and Panthou remind part of Greater Land S.Sudan

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      • 7 October 2012 10:11, by Ruach

        fuck off russia!They are Terrorist Associates

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  • 7 October 2012 09:45, by Pif Paf

    Partition of Abeyi is the only logical solution. Abeyi is important to both messeriya n dinka ngog and neither would accept a referrendum that goes the other way. Parition and agreement of freedom of movement in abeyi is the best solution otherwise it will remain disputed with the potential to discard all peace agreements between the two countries.

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    • 7 October 2012 12:56, by $hambe

      Pif paf.
      we don’t mind about the peace which is recently signed by two presidents my friend, we want AK47 to speak on your heads.
      i am now so close to your border, i am not in abroad.

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      • 7 October 2012 13:55, by forza

        Shambe,we don’t want an AK47 to speak to your head. Just a pif paf will finish you at the border.get lost

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    • 7 October 2012 14:59, by Rommel

      Pif Paf:
      Ah, so partitioning Abyei is "logical"!? You must be using and evoking a wholly new and exotic definition of this word. Don’t attempt to cloak your pernicious, naked interests in the veil of a virtue such as logic. I value honesty in all people, but infinitely more so in my enemies. I want an enemy that explicitly states his interests and drudges on in defense of these interests.

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      • 7 October 2012 15:13, by Rommel

        Just come out and say it. Proclaim at the rooftops that your interests supersede any and everything else; that your interests supersede the Abyei protocol and the PCA’s 2009 *final* and *binding* ruling on Abyei. We don’t need to go back to square one — a *logical* solution to this impasse on Abyei already exists. Implementation is all that is required now.

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        • 7 October 2012 15:20, by Rommel

          The idea of parceling Abyei between the two Nations in some twisted and deranged interpretation of equitability is not only obscene and immoral... it contravenes the final and binding ruling on Abyei by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. I can’t stress this point enough. I am going to reiterate it over and over and over again, until certain people understand it — even only begrudgingly.

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          • 7 October 2012 15:24, by Rommel

            The idea that Abyei be partitioned is in contravention of the definition of the Abyei area as defined by the Permanent Court of Arbitration as "the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905." Did you all read that!?

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            • 7 October 2012 15:27, by Rommel

              The PCA’s mandate was "to define (i.e. delimit) on map the boundaries of the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905, based on the submissions of the Parties." I repeat, the mandate of the PCA was to determine the area of the nine Ngok chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan as they were in 1905.

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              • 7 October 2012 15:31, by Rommel

                ..the PCA did precisely just that! It determined that its delimitation of the Abyei area is correspondent with the area of the nine Ngok chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905. Anyone with a morsel of honesty, comprehension, reasoning and discernment perfectly understands that the land that was defined and delimited by the PCA is land that belongs to the Ngok Dinka...

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                • 7 October 2012 15:35, by Rommel

                  ..and not some nonsensical delimitation of land belonging to both communities. We will not accept the proposal that Abyei be partitioned under any circumstances by any organization, any Union, League, Nation or a collection thereof.

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                  • 7 October 2012 15:37, by Rommel

                    The Misseriya are not people of Abyei! The Misseriya reside in Muglad and Babanusa - north of Abyei. The Misseriya do not have any legitimate permanent settlements in Abyei. The Misseriya are transhumant; their traditional lands and permanent settlements are in Babanusa; the Misseriya are merely seasonal migrants, residing in Abyei for a derisory amount of time — four [4] months in a year.

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    • 7 October 2012 18:30, by zulu

      you must be mistified and suffering from dimentia.

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  • 7 October 2012 10:16, by hellonearth

    To Mr. Bashit. how can you share something that is not your. come on man you clearly know that Abyei belongs to the Ngok people. i know why you want it shared, because the miserya(Egyptians) are the only people in your Army and still support you. Bashit you need to grow up

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  • 7 October 2012 10:29, by Northern Sudanese

    Russia is our ally. and we are sure either russia , china or brazil will overtake the united evils of america

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  • 7 October 2012 11:34, by Jalaby

    That’s correct, division is the solution and UNSC should make no mistake that any type of solution that ignore Misserya rights in Abyei then that means returning to war status and I don’t believe UNSC wants to see war again!
    I’m very sure Mr. Rommel (Luka Biong) will never advocate the division solution and he wants to bring us back to war for no real reason!

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    • 7 October 2012 13:06, by $hambe

      Abyei belong to nine Ngok chiefdoms.please you guys, you are destroying this tribe called Massyria.
      if these Massyria be come a problem, we shall be looking for a solution.
      Abyei 100% land of Dinka and part of South Sudan.

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    • 7 October 2012 16:04, by Rommel

      The thematic hinge of your position is clear: If groups engage in unprovoked, wanton violence for a sufficient amount of time (decades), with the intent of occupying the lands of another collective and consistently refuse to implement all attempts at a peaceful resolution to the dispute…
      .. they are then entitled to half the territories of this certain victim, ostensibly to preserve peace.

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      • 7 October 2012 16:19, by Rommel

        Justice has precedence over peace. One presupposes the other. I am quite sure that you don’t know the meaning of Justice, or that you appreciate it at all. Justice allows for the state that we [humans] universally refer to as peace. Be honest... you don’t really want peace; you want something that legitimizes your theft of the lands of others = territorial larceny.

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        • 7 October 2012 16:33, by Rommel

          You want us to accept death as life, dark as light and occupation [war] as peace. We’re not going to accept any of that. We’re not going to place any other concern higher than justice; because to do that is to devaluate moral currency and defraud the good in favor of the evil, since only the good can lose by a default of justice and only the evil can profit.

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  • 7 October 2012 12:36, by panchol

    Please, that decission created by NCP that they dream of making partition in Abyei is wrong. come to Abyei see who are the residents of that land.Let it sound well in to your ears to make negative lobing from different countries you a Russian visitor.keep alube.
    Massyia are just arab nomads who come to look for pasture and water for their livestock.

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  • 7 October 2012 17:02, by Northern Sudanese

    It is good that Russia is on our side , now rice couldn’t make any sanctions or do anything anti sudan as russia will be ready to veto for us

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    • 7 October 2012 17:41, by Chol

      Northern Sudanese, to claim that you have Russians behind you to pursue Abyei; is like saying you have someone with a big gun behind you to go and robbed the bank! It doesn’t work that way; it’s illegal, you can’t take something that doesn’t rightfully belong to you. You people just look highly unreasonable!

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  • 7 October 2012 19:12, by E. Defense Forces

    S. Sudan-Sudan to resolve oil dispute. South Sudan said no payment for the billion dollars.

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  • 7 October 2012 21:28, by panom lualbil

    I agreed with you all fellows that REFERENDUM by Dinka Ngok is the key forward to solution. Sob it up, though MISSERIA dont even know what name ’ABYEI’ means to be qualify. We wont accept ’ABYEI’S PARTITION like rations to eat than their right to choose, HRW checks this out plize!!

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  • 7 October 2012 22:09, by ViVa Sudan

    Dogs of south are barking too muccccccccccccccccch you will get nothing but in return war for no real reason coz you never thought about Dinka Nkog but Oil sick Haramya u are living in a very nice GARDEN BUT YOU ARE BAD INSECTS.

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  • 8 October 2012 06:19, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    how many tribe with in Misseriya,why Ngoksub section only with misseriya. It should be all Deng tribe(Jiluo,Jieng,Naath,Maban,Nuba,Apuny)to versus this evile Arab slave brainscan. All those believe on "Deng" Africa tribe should discipline evil deed Arab invader in sudan. Arab time is number in sudan. This land is for Deng Abuk/Garang. kiirdit da, kiir de kuar kua theer, a kuk ku bi koon pal Arab.

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