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S. Sudan links formation of Abyei interim administration to final status


January 2, 2013 (WAU) – The formation of the joint interim administration in the disputed Abyei region will depend on whether the forthcoming presidential summit makes a “successful breakthrough” on its final status, a South Sudanese official said Wednesday.

Abyei, the main contested region between Sudan and South Sudan (BBC)

President Kiir, in November last year, directed the formation of an interim administration of Abyei, earmarked to comprise of one representative from the Dinka Ngok tribe as chair of the executive committee, while a representative from the Misseriya tribe would become the speaker of the Abyei parliament.

The decision to form an interim administration in the disputed region was a proposal made by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) which at the same time proposed a referendum on the fate of Abyei for October 2013.

Luka Biong Deng, South Sudan’s co-chair for Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) told Sudan Tribune that the formation of the interim institutions in the region depends on the outcome of the presidential summit of Friday.

The agreement on the Abyei interim administration was signed on 20 June 2011, but a divergence over the person who will chair the legislative council delayed the process, as Juba was demanding that Khartoum appoints a Nogk Dinka in this position.

Juba several months ago accepted the AUPSC decision to hold the referendum in October of this year and to form an Abyei administration. But, Sudan rejected the proposal because it excludes the Misseriya nomads. Instead, Khartoum opted for the previous AU proposition, which suggested Abyei be divided between north and south.

Deng, however, insisted President Kiir may accept “minor changes” in the Abyei proposal to allow implementation of the deal, but added that the changes will not interfere with the “fundamental” issues.

Such issues, he said, include, voter eligibility, time for the conduct of referendum and head of the referendum commission.

The Abyei referendum was originally due to take place simultaneously to South Sudan’s own independence vote in January 2011. The disagreement over the Misseriya participation froze the process.

"The whole thing is about oil. The National Congress Party is proposing partitioning of the area because of the oil in the north of Abyei, but which we have rejected because it lacks basis. So they are now looking for power and wealth sharing based on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” stressed South Sudan’s AJOC co-chair.

He said Khartoum was mainly interested in having Misseriya representation in the administration and to maintain wealth sharing based on the 2005 peace deal.

“This is where some minor changes may be made because our strategic objective is to reach agreement on final status of Abyei so that it comes to the South Sudan”, he added.

The senior South Sudanese official, however, emphasized the importance of the two countries reaching a consensus on the final status of Abyei, saying the formation of an interim administration will facilitate the return of the displaced to the area as well as conduct of a referendum.

“My readings indicate that Bashir will endorse the proposal if Sudan does not want confrontation with the international community and to prevent referral to the Security Council of the United Nations if endorsed by African Union peace and Security Council”, he said.

In 2011, President Bashir dissolved the Abyei administration before agreeing later with his South Sudanese counterpart that South Sudan shall appoint the chair of the executive, while Sudan appoints the speaker of the parliament.

The Sudanese army occupied the area in run-up to South Sudan’s secession displacing thousands of civilians, many of whom have still not returned despite the establishment of a United Nations peacekeeping force in the area.


Luka Biong confirmed the long-awaited summit between the Sudanese president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir will take place on 4 January.

“I have been informed by our ambassador in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that the summit will take place on Friday. They were informed by [the] organising committee,” Deng told Sudan Tribune.

This meeting, should it take place, will be the first since 27 September when the two Presidents signed a Cooperation Agreement in an attempt to resolve differences over oil, citizenship and border security.

However, the agreed buffer zone has not been established meaning that other items of deal, such as resuming the flow of oil through the north, have not been implemented. It is hoped that the Addis Ababa summit will resolve the issues preventing the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement and allow the two presidents to cover the issue of Abyei and other contested areas, which were not part of the September deal.


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  • 3 January 2013 07:35, by Jalaby

    Abyei is north and will always stay a north land!
    Dink Ngok are always free to leave Abyei and go south to that jungle and join the cattle raiding business that is so flourishing these days!

    • 3 January 2013 07:45, by zulu

      You always with fathomless opinion which is considerably driven by greed, machoism,thugery, treachery and emotions just wallay at your Roseiries mud

      • 3 January 2013 08:01, by Deng II

        I saw Omar Bashit on other day that his cheek lumph node swalling as if he pregnancy with Saudi King baby. He frequency go over there lately and I would believe that it may happened since Muslim people still hunting who might deliver Mohammed to the world regardless of gender. Bashit is a one well known big gay in Muslim world.

        • 3 January 2013 08:11, by Deng II

          I saw him on sudan independent day standing like having constipation of fart and I think his days of death are numbered.He killing Africa of Nuba, Darfur, and blue nile for funny by cluster bomb that it pictures posted some months back. One days he will hung like Sadam Hassen untill his shit come out like Sadam.

      • 3 January 2013 08:01, by Jalaby

        Get your approval first from Dinka/Nuer that you’re not Ugandan or Kenyan, and loyal to South Sudan, more importantly, not coward Equatorian who born by nature as coward according to Dinka/Nuer point of view!
        Get your Dinka/Nuer clearance first and then make your comment you poor man (ya miskeen)!

        • 3 January 2013 19:34, by Abyei Soil

          I wonder how a simple man like Bashir deceives the whole villagers like that, I am talking about brothers Misseriya Whose lyf tarnished by their leader Omer I meant...you see, they accepted to do something that already dropped them to lasting problem rather than lasting peacefull and harmone lyf...what a shame to them!...I LEARNED recently that Misseriya are legally declared by AUPSC not to be pa

          • 3 January 2013 19:46, by Abyei Soil

            ...part of any activity in Abyei carried out by Abyeis in their land...and it is the best solution to prevent threat...ppl let you inform this messenger of Bashir that they are wasting their valuable tym for nothing on Abyei, pliz go out and look for something for your Jalabia-like-stomach...ABYEI is out of your sight now.

    • 3 January 2013 07:57, by Grader

      Abyei never north Sudan and will never be. Get it right. History will judge you.
      what does Abyei mean in Arabic? It has a meaning in South Sudan and will never forego an inch

    • 3 January 2013 08:27, by Lango2010

      ALL STIPUD AND LUNATIC ARABS. THERE IS NOTHING GOOD IN YOU IDOL WORSHIP YOU HAVE NO IMAGE OF God IN YOU. you attack us during christmas and now at the beginning of now year.
      you preach lie to the world always
      hell to you.
      no peace with arabs
      no peace deal with any shit bastard

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