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South Africa pledges support to mediation proposal on Abyei


October 21, 2012 (JUBA) - South Africa on Sunday pledged its resolve to support a peace proposal by the African Union High Level Implementation (AUHIP) which aims to end the long-running dispute between Sudan and South Sudan over the region of Abyei, a leading member of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

A boy celebrates the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Abyei boundaries on 22 July 2009 (Photo UNMIS)

The South African government made the pledge at a high level meeting with visiting officials from South Sudan on Sunday. The meeting, which reportedly discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, commended the leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the government in its efforts to bring peace to the country.

Luka Biong Deng, a co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) said in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Sunday that South Africa had pledged strong support to the proposal by the mediators.

Justice Deng Biong Mijak Chairperson of the South Sudan Public Grievances Chamber (GOSS)

“I and Justice Deng Biong finished fruitful meetings today with leadership of the African National Congress and Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Africa. We got all assurances that South Africa will not only ensure that the proposal on Abyei will be presented to African Union Peace and Security Council but that it want the proposal to be unanimously endorsed by all members of the Council”, Deng told Sudan Tribune from South Africa.

The African Union Peace and Security Council will hold a ministerial meeting next Wednesday where chief mediator Thabo Mbeki is expected to report about the 27 September cooperation agreement and his proposal to settle the Abyei issue.

The meeting is expected to endorse the report and issue a resolution demanding the Security Council to adopt it under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice voiced its support to Mbeki’s proposal and hoped it would remain the basis of future negotiating efforts. On the other hand Russian diplomats expressed their support to Sudan’s position saying it only wants to ensure a permanent peace between the two tribes involved in the dispute - the Dinka Ngok and the Misseriya.

The South Sudanese official further added that "South Africa commits itself to use its diplomatic relations to engage Khartoum, China, Russia, Eritrea and Egypt as well as BRICS countries [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] to convince Bashir to accept the Abyei proposal."

The South Sudanese delegation also explored the role which South Africa could play in bringing stability and lasting settlements to list of issues which the world’s newest nation has not been able to resolve with neighbouring Sudan since it became an independent state in July last year.

South Sudan and Sudan have struck cooperation agreement last month allowing resumption of oil exportation, border trade, and establishing a demilitarized buffer zone to prevent cross-border attacks by rebel groups from both sides.

However, Sudan rejected the proposal presented by the African Union mediation aiming to hold a referendum in October 2013 with participation of Ngok Dinka and Misseriya residing permanently there.

Khartoum pointed to a proposal the mediation made in November 2010 including the possibility of dividing the contested area between the two countries.

Juba is strongly opposed to the partition and seeks to mobilize international support to the recent AU proposition which espouses its position on the issue.


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  • 22 October 2012 07:56, by Jalaby

    • 22 October 2012 08:10, by Jalaby

      What a funny cartoon! LOOOOOOOOL
      It’s true that Mr. Kiir was badly beaten by Al-Bashir but Mr. Kiir is a brave man I guess because he said "we will never surrender" despite he was badly beaten and can’t even walk!
      The punch that Mr. Kiir got in his left eye is for Abyei, the cartoon missed the punch in his right eye because that for Mile 14 I guess! LOOOOOOL

      • 22 October 2012 08:21, by Junta

        Beshir only won in Telling lies to the whole world. The World now knows the deception of Mundukurus that’s why the proposition by Mediation on Abyei will be final and Binding in its current state. Secondly, Mile 14 inclusion will remain as it in RSS and finally you will be coerced to go for Arbitration over the remaining disputed territories which will be finally awarded to RSS.

      • 22 October 2012 08:27, by George Bol

        Bashier is at medical leave in Sudan because of his severe threat surgey that doctors conclude that he has a threat cancer. But to worry about his health and not disturb our president for nothing. Such a carton always make you angry. better stop it for good.

        • 22 October 2012 08:45, by Jalaby

          George Bol,
          It’s true that Al-Bashir has health problem these days and we all wish him a quick recovery.
          Al-Bashir made it very clear long time a go that he won’t run for the presidential election again and who will succeed him is under process now! Al-Bashir is humble and very patriotic person, whether he was right or wrong,we agree or disagree with him,

          • 22 October 2012 08:59, by Jalaby

            Al-Bashir will always be in our heart.
            You know my friend, as Sudanese people, we are known to be very forgiving and merciful nation, we usually forgive our rulers no matter what they did because we always believe they did it in a good faith!
            You know, former president Ibrahim Aboud didn’t hang any political leader when he came to power as many nations usually do

            • 22 October 2012 09:07, by Jalaby

              but he let them go without harming anybody!
              When Sudanese people overthrew Aboud they forgave him and he went home as nothing happened,in fact they regretted it when the parties messed everything after he was gone!
              Nimary didn’t hang anybody when he took the power, Sudanese people forgave him,he died without owning even a house!
              Absolutely,Al-Bashir will always be in our heart!

              • 22 October 2012 09:38, by Robot

                Too much cheating and lies.. shouting nonstop and propaganda war made Bashir undergo vocal surgery..... too much lies and depression will surely kill you without South Sudanese touching you!!!!!!!!!! pathetic hooligans. his health is deteriorating and every one is numb because if you open your mouth and reveal it, he will nib you at the bud.

              • 22 October 2012 12:22, by Rommel

                You may be surprised to hear that I have grown quite fond of your little speeches. You know a little comic relief is needed here and there — keep up the good work. This is the first time that I have ever heard Bashir being described as "humble", in anyway. His claims to patriotism [or those made on his behalf] are even more precarious.

                • 22 October 2012 12:40, by Jalaby

                  I think south Africa is just selling you a dream and goods that they don’t have!
                  Al-Bashir can’t and won’t and has no privilege to accept any solution that overstep Misserya right! Abyei referendum without Misserya is impossible and no doubt will bring us back to square 1 and for sure UNSC won’t allow it!
                  Why pushing us to war again Dr. Luka?

                  • 22 October 2012 13:06, by Rommel

                    The diplomatic efforts of third parties are of little import or consequence to me. I am very well aware of the fact that there is no peaceful solution to the issue of Abyei, or to the many other occupied territories. What you derisively call a dream, I call a deferred eventuality > destined to happen. Justice will be done.

                    • 22 October 2012 13:12, by Rommel

                      The return of our lands is contingent on years of detailed and painstaking preparation — a complete overhaul of our armed forces in terms of doctrine, structure, training, military platforms and systems. I want my pride, my lands and my inheritance... and Salva and his cronies are an obstacle to that.

                      • 22 October 2012 13:23, by Rommel

                        I don’t think the UNSC has or will have any cogent grounds to oppose the 2009 *final* and *binding* ruling on Abyei by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, that defined Abyei as "the area of the nine Ngok Dinka chiefdoms transferred to Kordofan in 1905." Did you read that!?

                        • 22 October 2012 13:24, by Rommel

                          The PCA’s mandate according the PCA 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.

                          • 22 October 2012 13:26, 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...

                            • 22 October 2012 13:28, 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.

                  • 22 October 2012 17:10, by Peacocktail

                    So Good if is very sick and I wishes non recovery from Cancer should it be of Brain Tumor, I heard Bashir went under Surgery in Russia Medical Jubillee, his health is deteriorating as per doctors. God He is a Murderer and he should harvest what he sows.
                    Bashir is a curse to People of North Sudan, his Death shall be a big relief to the burden to all Arabs, ICC on him, South Sudan on him,

                • 22 October 2012 12:45, by Rommel

                  As I understand it, a *humble* man doesn’t come to power by way of a military coup — and he certainly doesn’t stay in power for twenty three [23] years, as if he were the only man in the entire country suitable for the position of Sovereign — immediately sinking all efforts at ending the war in consequence, thereby precluding the possibility of rapprochement.

                  • 22 October 2012 13:45, by Rommel

                    A humble man doesn’t satanically baptize an entire Nation in religious dogma by imposing Shariah on those who do not want it; and he doesn’t classify a Nation after his own ethnic group -Arab- when they were undeniably the minority. He doesn’t then murder millions of people for essentially opposing him. He doesn’t arm Arab militias to rape and kill over a hundred thousand non-Arab Darfurians.

                    • 22 October 2012 13:56, by Rommel

                      He doesn’t establish an extensive security network that tortures political prisoners or prisoners of conscience for opposing his despotic rule. If he is in your heart as you say, then quite frankly, you don’t have a heart.

                      • 22 October 2012 14:19, by Rommel

                        Jalaby, it’s almost as if you came from another dimension. Have you ever heard a man by the name of Joseph Garang? Well if you have, you would know that he was meted out with precisely the kind of punishment that you claim Jaafar Nimeiry didn’t approve of — death by hanging.

                        • 22 October 2012 14:39, by Rommel

                          I found it quite odd that you would speak of forgiveness. What exactly did you have to forgive!? You were never the recipients of their barbarism. Ibrahim Abboud annexed the Kafia Kingi enclave and Hofrat en Nahas from Bahr el Ghazal to Darfur in 1960-1 for you. Jaafar Nimeiry rescinded on his commitments to the Addis Ababa peace agreement and annexed some of the agricultural lands of Renk.

                          • 22 October 2012 14:57, by Jalaby

                            Man, you mixed some truth with completely false events and twisted the neck of the truth completely!
                            I’m very sure you’re older than me, well educated and holding high degree and know the history of the south very well!
                            1. You know very well the fact behind Addis Ababa cancellation and the direct conflict between Dinka & Equatorians stands behind it.

                            • 22 October 2012 15:04, by Jalaby

                              2. You concluded the dictatorship of Nimary in killing Mr. Joseph Garang? Did Nimary kill him alone with no reason? Joseph Garang belonged to communist party that plotted a coup against Nimary and they also killed many innocents people in their failed coup, so, because Joseph Garang was southerners Nimary shouldn’t kill him? Nimary killed Al-Shafie Ahmed Al-Sheikh despite he was

                              • 22 October 2012 15:09, by Jalaby

                                civilian and didn’t participate in that failed coup and many other civilians than Joseph Garang were also killed just because they belonged to the communist party and which was wrong action from Nimary but you should look into it from all the direction not just from very narrow view as if southerners were never Sudanese and should always be treated as angels!

                            • 22 October 2012 15:55, by Rommel

                              Your amusing inferences on my age aside, you shouldn’t try to reduce the many underpinnings that contributed to the resumption of the war to just one reason — especially not one that is congenial to your prejudice and bias; one that absolves you of any and all responsibility for the collapse of that peace agreement. Allow me to educate you, you’re in desperate need of it.

                              • 22 October 2012 16:04, by Rommel

                                The actions which caused the most widespread discontent before 1983 and which ultimately contributed to the outbreak of war were: continued political interference by the central government in the internal politics of the Southern region; the inability of the Southern Regional Government to exert any real control over local economic development plans; the gradual weeding out of ex-Anyanya

                                • 22 October 2012 16:16, by Rommel

                                  officers from the ranks of the national army and the attempted transfer of southern army units out of the region; the failure to implement the referendums on the border regions (as stipulated in the Agreement). In addition to this there was a growing anxiety over developments in national politics which indicated that the central government was becoming ever more entrenched in a purely Arab

                                  • 22 October 2012 16:25, by Rommel

                                    and Muslim national identity. This was specifically demonstrated in the policy of Kasha, begun in 1981, which aimed at expelling large numbers of southern and western migrants from Khartoum. There was also the anxiety over the Integration Treaty with Egypt; and finally in the imposition of the Sharia.

                                    • 22 October 2012 16:51, by Rommel

                                      All of this suggested to southerners that there was a rising tide of religious and racial intolerance towards them in the very heart of central government policy. Your uncharacteristic candor is highly welcome; it’s nice that you’ve conceded that Nimeiry did in fact murder a great deal of people, even those that were not involved in the coup. That’s all I wanted to hear from you.

                                      • 22 October 2012 17:02, by Rommel

                                        I evoked the case of Joseph Garang to show to you that you were wrong — that Nimeiry did in fact hang people, that he murdered civilians as well. At what point have ’Southerners’ ever been afforded preferential treatment!? We lost millions of people! Around 40, 000km2 of our territory was annexed to the North - for your benefit. Is that the kind of dispensation that you envy!?

                                        • 22 October 2012 17:23, by Rommel

                                          As for my knowledge on these matters... it’s called reading, it helps. I was born in Ethiopia in 1990, and was in Sudan for perhaps just two years before having to leave yet again... this time to Kenya. Ask me where I’m from and I’ll gladly tell you. I’m from Twic-east - mistakenly referred to as Bor.

                          • 22 October 2012 15:16, by Rommel

                            What you described is not forgiveness — it’s shared culpability by way of an an abdication of moral responsibility. You benefited immensely from the rule of these despots. There is simply nothing for you to forgive! A man’s moral character must be judged on the basis of his actions, his statements and his conscious convictions, not on the spurious basis of his "faith".

                            • 22 October 2012 15:18, by Rommel

                              If people did not indulge in such abject evasions as the claim that some contemptible liar “means well” — that a mass murdering despot did it all in "good faith" — that a criminal “doesn’t know any better”— that a power-seeking politician is moved by patriotic concern for “the public good”... millions of people would still be alive!

                          • 23 October 2012 12:57, by RICH ROSS-THE BOSS

                            Thanx Rommel for your brilliant, articulate comments. From my view, U are the topmost excellent commentator on this site. Ur comments, as I have always checked, are consistent with the recorded facts. Ur English and style of handling controversy are superb and examplary enough 4 a good natural learner 2 buy from. Jalaby has felt it cold n hot & I like the fact that I showed submission 2 this.

          • 22 October 2012 12:36, by Hardball

            Jalaby, if you were really smart enough, you should be worried about what kind of Sudan Bashir will be leaving you! I know the majority of reasonable Sudanese people know exactly what I am talking about. They wish Bashir had never been to power given the condition Sudan is now.

      • 22 October 2012 08:43, by Force 1

        Please don’t get yourself hit with copyright violation for the sketch you copy somewhere and paste it here on Sudan Tribune side; unless it’s not!

      • 22 October 2012 09:46, by Musa Ahmed

        To jalabia;
        stop,stop ,stop wishing Southerner’s leaders bad luck why ’re u so particular to them don’t u tell see what our criminal guy ’’bashir’’ did here in Sudan instead for u to concentrate on south, forget Abyei it belong to them by Nature of land and as well as in permanent court of arbitration, why ’re we worst time here talking of what it ’lln’t bring benefit to our pple of Sudan bulshit

      • 22 October 2012 13:27, by Muoranyar

        you are dreaming for what you never stand in for imagination sometimes is dangerous keep imagining mr nerd haahaahaaaaahhhhahhh. if kiir and a illiterate bashir go in a ring for a kick and punch basher will lower his underneath i tell mr agitator. lololol

      • 22 October 2012 14:03, by Nyachebe

        The arrest of Gen GATWEH is a cover up from Dinka Bor failed coup against the government. If you carefully analyzed the Jieng Community article, it shows that the coup plotters like Dr Majak, and likes wanted to divert the reality. Now is the question of choice for Mr. President by either keeping Majak or keeping in jail Gen. Gatwech Duel. President should know that Nuer are not cowards, and 1991

        • 22 October 2012 14:04, by Nyachebe

          President should know that Nuer are not cowards, and 1991 testified that…. If Nuer planned to do make coup as alleged they could do it in a broad day light. But not this Dinka Bor’s coup crippling for three years. You guys are playing with ‘fire’; otherwise leave Gen. Gatwech Nuerkeee alone.

      • 22 October 2012 20:38, by James Maker Akok

        Jalaby, I know you are very happy because President Kiir is giving you everything. If was a one who was a President I should took you to International Court to destroy that friendship because you don’t listen somebody who is good.

        • 22 October 2012 20:45, by James Maker Akok

          Jalaby, you will not see South Sudan Lands will go to North Sudan even you hope President Kiir gave you freedom. South Sudanese people will never never never allow that for you.

    • 22 October 2012 08:37, by Force 1

      People of Abyei will resolve this issue themselves, they know where they belong and they will vote to prove it! To Jalaby, Who is actually beaten badly? The ones who when bankrupt because of lack of oil revenues from South Sudan or South Sudanese who signed a fake agreement? Do you know how many time you eat pasulia now, rather than eating meat regularily the way you use to?

    • 22 October 2012 12:50, by 4Justice
      • 22 October 2012 13:22, by 4Justice

        Al-Ahzab 33:27:

  • 22 October 2012 08:18, by 4Justice

    There is no humiliation he can’t take

  • 22 October 2012 12:07, by Dumez Davis

    I quite well remember although we fought for 21 years, none of the side won a prize for that, but only through peaceful negotiation and mature compromise in wise views, we’re mutual enjoying prize today. The issue of antagonism is just Animal oddity. Some individuals in this forum is too filthy in their views. Please change my brother.

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