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S. Sudan’s president appoints new Abyei co-chair


March 21, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has issued a decree appointing Edward Lino the new co-chair of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC).

Members of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee at a meeting (AU)

Lino replaces Luka Biong Deng, who is currently on a one-year fellowship at the prestigious Harvard University, in the United States.

In an emailed statement to Sudan Tribune on Friday, Deng acknowledges the presidential decree, saying it clears the “unnecessary misreadings” among the public regarding his role in AJOC.

“It has come to my attention that the presidential decree relieving me from the position of the co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee has created unnecessary misreading. I would like to make it very clear that I did not resign from my position as co-chair of AJOC, but I have requested from president Salva to relief me from the position so that I can focus more freely on advocacy work for our new country South Sudan with focus on Abyei and its relations with Sudan,” the statement reads in part.

The challenges of the new nation and the unique situation of Abyei need more international engagement and advocacy and my work at Harvard may contribute to such engagement, he added.

Before quitting his position Deng said he wrote an official letter to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), the commander of the United Nations Interim Security Forces for Abyei (UNISFA), his Sudanese counterpart at AJOC and the rest of the committee members informing them that Lino will act in his capacity until a new person is appointed by the president.

Deng described his successor as an “exceptional nationalist who dedicated his entire life for the cause of our people.”

“Edward Lino is the right person for the job,” he wrote.

According to the decree, Deng Mading will deputise the newly-appointed AJOC co-chair, with a committee directly supervised by South Sudan’s presidential affairs ministry.

Last month, a planned meeting by a joint technical committee on the formation of the Abyei police service failed after representative from Sudan and South Sudan expressed divergent views on the issues in the disputed oil-producing border region.

In a previous meeting, both countries had pledged to find a mutually agreeable solution on the matter.

However, the two countries failed to reach consensus on the formation of a joint administration in the area, with both parties disagreeing on the composition of the structure to be established. Sudan has demanded 50% representation on the Abyei Area Council, 10% more than its previous share.

“The great differences in the position of the two countries with each being stuck on its own point of view and proposal have caused them to not reach an agreement”, Alkhair al-Fahim, the Sudanese AJOC head told the SUNA news agency.

Al-Fahim, who claims that South Sudan’s proposal was “obstructive”, cited differences over the numbers of police officers proposed by each side.

In an earlier interview with Sudan Tribune, Deng accused the Sudanese government of lacking commitment in the peaceful resolution of the status of the disputed region, despite South Sudan’s willingness.

Since May 2011, Abyei has been devoid of a functional administration after Sudanese forces took control of the area, displacing nearly 105,000 people. Some 4,000 Ethiopian-backed United Nations peacekeeping forces, tasked with ensuring the security of Abyei, have now been deployed in the area.


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  • 22 March 2013 17:43, by BARRACK OBAMA


    • 22 March 2013 17:47, by BARRACK OBAMA


  • 22 March 2013 18:20, by panom lualbil

    What I love from president’s decree on ABYEI was that none of fake amnesty leader was apointed as they would conspired with bashier as usual on abyei’s issue bcos they are dinkas.

    • 22 March 2013 18:55, by julia

      i disagreed with the commentators above!
      My advice to Lino as he is from poor clan of nine chieftainship of Ngok ie Diel plse be careful! U will be like Dr Francis Naziro. What ve sons of Deng Majok boycoted is ever dangerous to a non Deng Majok boys politician! I know some uncivilise guy like monydit in Abyei will oppose me but i ve said my mind.plse Edward be so brave to annex Diel to Upper.

      • 23 March 2013 00:16, by Monydit

        Mss Julia, sorry you are uncivilise, full of hatred and uneducated. Your community has no land because the land you settled in is belong to Twic that is why your community disappeared in one day when Misseriya fired the warning bullet and came back when arab no longer need you in Khartoum. You do not have right to talk in our affairs because you know nothing whether diplomacy or fighting.

        • 23 March 2013 00:34, by Monydit

          (Continuation of previous) the noly Jieng we know is Panaruu, the Community that stood firm fighting NIF and Matip and I deeply respect them when I learned that the greatest fighter and moral generator Capt. Luol Chol is their son. What is wrong when Abeyei get their new administerator while Alor have dismissed more than 20 commisioners within six years!!, it is because no one fit the criteria.

          • 23 March 2013 06:08, by julia

            u re so naive to say a dumb filthy comments above. Do u know that u weren,t called Ngok but jook kuol Aroop. Jook mean Dogs re u with dude!which land do u mean it belong to Twic? They will be the very one to argue u. Jok re food lovers like to claim what is not theirs. U also change more 20 commissioners or chief Adm than Ruweng with six yrs does mean u don,t qualify dogs........

            • 23 March 2013 06:20, by julia

              ie Ajiing path, manydhang Deng, musa malei, Edwar lino, Arop muyak, Deng Arop. But Ruweng ve only Anthony Gal, Fraco mayiik, Arop Yuot and John Ajang.
              U also ve triaters than Ruweng ie francis mading deng,william deng Dau, thomas bior malual, ayom matied & atem payien including u monydit.panaruu re our bros they ren,t triaters like u in Abyei who followed unwise food possessing power holder.

  • 22 March 2013 19:32, by master

    as long as night is . the day shall comes

  • 22 March 2013 20:32, by panom lualbil

    Wen it come a war with arab, they all left/be leaving everyone behind while collaborating with arabs! Or wen it come a talk on issues like ABYEI with arabs, they’ll have no idea like wen RIAK refered his idea to somebody else. Truth should be told, MISS JULIA, bcos it will set us free.

    • 22 March 2013 21:05, by julia

      panam lualbil.
      What truth? U mean saying sons of Deng majok re more stronger politician in Kiir Government then any s.sudan intellectual? Sorry ur mind is so shallow to debate in this forum guy! For ur information my pseudo is mr.Juliath but not miss as u mention above boy. Nothing can set us free here in Luka run away in his father ransom Abyei issue boy.

      • 23 March 2013 00:50, by Monydit

        Mss Julia, I was told that your community left Panaruu looking for work and given a guards work by Deng Majok and as the time goes on your community thought that they are part of Abeyei that is why you are trying to share opinions with Ngok, I know we are generous but if no body ever told you that guards do not discuss anything with masters then from now you should know that you have no right.

  • 23 March 2013 04:42, by Young Patriot

    Edward Lino is a true patriot and very nationalistic person. Southerners love him for his heroic role during the dark days of liberation. This is a good choice...Lino is tough and well educated but I am worried that he will be let down by slave-minded Deng Majok’s sons.

  • 23 March 2013 06:46, by John N

    dear friends on this forum
    president kiir have right and know really that Dr Luka Biong Deng and his brother Deng Alor are brainwash the public on the cuase of Abyei.
    they have lion share in government of south.
    we need not to take this issue between us.
    if luke failed to bring back Abyei he have right to resign and leave the post to anyone.

    • 23 March 2013 13:17, by Big Boy

      Dear John N
      Abyei has never contributed with one heart. Now, those of Luka and Deng Alor are still with Messerya claiming that they are Sudanese citizen and you, the clan of Pajok are here. Why don’t you reconcile the different voices of Abyei? Or you mean your presence here to be a source of looting feeding ur children with our blood of abyei land?

  • 23 March 2013 10:03, by Piny Amec Abethool-Jesus

    Well done Mr President Slava Kiir Mayardit. This is a good decision. Dr Luka is a multi-millionaire already. He doesn’t need to work any more in South Sudan. He wants to enjoy his wealth. May God bless you dear Dr Luka. Harvard University needs millionaires like you. First test in USA is that Dr Luka would be asked to declare his income or properties...wow

    • 23 March 2013 16:26, by Peacocktail

      Thanks Luka B, and Welcomes Lino edward.
      Led Abyei citizens well, we trust you!
      Luka Biong shall be our future President. He is not interesting in Arabs deals, He quit his Position in GoNU as Minister and called coalition as coorupt. He also realize this in Abyei power sharing which is misleding.Arabs wanted to have uper hand in Ngok Lands and shal not happens.Bravo Pres.Kiir for looking into Abye

  • 23 March 2013 16:20, by panom lualbil

    First, wat tribe where u hailed from? Bcos i didnt understand wat made u retarded at me while my comment was i love president’s decree without ’trojan horses’ who would probably sell ABYEI 2 MR BASHIER as they always rebel against Dinkas!

    • 23 March 2013 18:20, by julia

      hey panom lualbil.
      u re still calling me miss. sorry guy. i wasn,t retarded with ur comment but it was directed to me in Prate manner guy! But i ve nothing against u boy or girl since panom lualbil is neither girl nor boy in Dinka delux!

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