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South Sudan’s Amum accuses Sudan of ethnic cleansing in Abyei


June 7, 2013 (JUBA) - A senior South Sudanese official has accused the government of neigbouring Sudan of ethnic cleansing in the contested border region of Abyei, allegedly to discourage return of Dinka Ngok residents.

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SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum (AFP/Getty)

Pagan Amum, the secretary general of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), was speaking to reporters shortly after meeting President Salva Kiir Mayardit in the state house.

Kiir, Amum said, has granted him, as South Sudan’s lead negotiator, the authority to present the position of the government to an upcoming meeting of an African Union team of border experts and conflict mitigation in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Amum said the president had assured him of his readiness to provide necessary support to the full implementation of the bilateral cooperation agreement signed in September 2012.

"The president accepted the plan and gave me his authority and assurances of commitment to fully implement the cooperation agreement as well as desire to peacefully settle the differences we have over the status of Abyei", he said.

He said South Sudan accepts the proposal by African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to hold referendum in Abyei as the only way to settle the dispute.

"You all know that the position of the president and the government of South Sudan have always been peaceful dialogue and the best mechanisms to settle dispute over Abyei in a way that respects and promotes peaceful coexistence and bilateral relations between the two communities but the government of Sudan has always taken different routes", he said.

He further told reporters that Khartoum has "refused to accept African union proposal to hold a referendum (in October of this year without the Messeeiya nomads) and decided to engage to employ ethnic cleansing activities. They have decided to engage in massive settlement plans of the non-resident of Abyei and seriously arming militia groups to terrorize the local population".

The chief negotiator pointed out that the recent killing of the paramount chief as one of the strategic plans of the government of Sudan to depopulate the area so that it could assume full control.

"The killing of the paramount chief Kuol Deng Kuol shows clearly that the government of Sudan was not ready to peacefully resolve the dispute. It wants to annihilate the Ngok Dinka. That was they killed the chief who was seen the bridge and played fundamental role in peaceful coexistence between the two communities who have never any problem between themselves. It is the government in Sudan that incites the conflict to remain in power", he stressed.

The Sudanese government rejected the accusations of being behind the death of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief and an Ethiopian peacekeeper on 4 May between an UNIFSA force and Misseriya gunmen. Khartoum pledged to investigate the incident.

Abyei was supposed to vote in January 2011 on whether it would remain in Sudan or be transferred into South Sudan. But Khartoum and Juba continue to disagree on who can participate in this crucial vote.

Sudan insists that the Misseriya nomads, who enter the area for large parts of the year to graze their cattle should also be allowed to take part in any self determination exercise.

But Juba says only can vote the Dinka Ngok who would be expected to vote to join South Sudan if they constituted the majority of eligible voters, and the small number of Misseriya residing permanently there.


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  • 8 June 2013 06:48, by Mi diit

    And so let us support the ICC to get hold of Bashir. Kiir may not like it, but it in the interest of South Sudanese and of Dinka Ngok to cooperate with the ICC. Kiir is worried of being a potential suspect by ICC. And Luka Biong should get on the ground in Abyei to mobilize his people of a possible show down. Stop endless crusades.

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    • 8 June 2013 07:30, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Pangan, can’t be a peace negotiator since his comment always bring tension between Juba and Khartoum. He must go back to Blue Nile where his father originally came from and through his poisons words to Bashir over-there

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      • 8 June 2013 09:26, by George Bol

        You food lover called gat gat Kiir, you need to stop that lying. Pagan is a son in shulluk Kingdom

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    • 8 June 2013 08:03, by Dinkawarrior

      Mi Diit or midoot?
      I believed there is no such a thing called ICC on our world except scared tactics. How many people died under President Homo Al-Bashit and his death mastermind Dr. Cieth Holocaust Traitor Machar?? They’ve done nothing and the death is continues raising on their watch. May God bless people of Abyei and continuing to bless our brother Pagan Amuom Okay for his commitment.

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      • 8 June 2013 09:25, by Mi diit

        Bashir and Kiir are not ready to implement the cooperation agreements. They don’t want to activate the mechanisms they agreed to in Juba two months ago so that through such mechanisms or committees the agreements are implemented. They now go back to square one, telling Pagan to count again from zero.

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      • 8 June 2013 09:38, by Nyakuzuny

        Brother Dinka worrior Pagan will not be Continues to Promoting peace negotiators here in South Sudan and also he using Negatives Accusation bro’if Dr.Riek Machar will not to be our Leader of upcoming 2015 election Abyei will remaining from Northern Sudan and borders will not be demarcating because our President Salva he is failed already to bringing Abyei back and also the process of Abyei

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        • 8 June 2013 09:47, by Nyakuzuny

          they needs good behavior like the very Literate Man like Dr.Machar Teny that is will be the way what will Abyei Returning back to South Sudan not because of Challengers it is because our President he have a lack of Understanding in his leadership her in South Sudan b/c he was not learned like any course about his leadership.

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    • 9 June 2013 02:02, by Dinkawarrior

      South Sudan’s Best Candidates
      (1)General Pagan Amum Okech
      (2)James Wani Iga
      (3)Majak Agot Atem
      (4)James Hoth Mai
      (5)Barnaba Marial Benjamin
      (6)John Luk Jok,
      (7)Makuei lueth Keer
      (8)Maker Thiong Maal
      (9)Louis Lobong Lojore
      (10)Taban Deng Gai
      (11)Joseph Bakosoro
      (12)Atem Garang Kuek
      (13)Simon Kun Puoch
      (14)Paul Malong Awan
      (15)Nhial Deng Nhial
      (16)John Koang Nyuan

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  • 8 June 2013 07:30, by Yes 4 Federal System in S.S

    S.S If you are not serious Khartoum is going to min Abyei case. Abeyi Dinka are not united others are in Khartoum holding good position the Sudan government. In Sudan Abyei citizens were given priority of every and any function in the Sudan. And all political parties, civil society,religious leaders and the Sudan population in general were active and wise on Abyei case. What about S.S?,

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    • 8 June 2013 16:12, by yong madhal

      mr Zu we all united but due to war torn injonglei is not make us to united am proudly to be Dinka guys we Dinka we are superior to all other people shut you down man fucker

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  • 9 June 2013 16:01, by Zionist

    I am sick and tired of my sick brothers in Sout Sudan, who still insisting in calling us - the people of Abyei - that we’re Arabs when we’re not, calling us ignorant when we’re the most educated Dinka among the Dinkas! Calling us cowards, traitors and corrupts, when, Riek Machar, and his led Nuer troops murdered our very cousins in 1991. Moreover, we got ,David Yau Yau - son of a gun, Murle bullshit - still killing us with the help and the support and the blessing of Khartoum. Honestly, I can not take this bullshit anymore - excuse my Arabic - and if the people of Abyei will carry their weapons and fight a war, I hope they will fight against, kiir, Machar and Amum, because these the ones who’re screwing not onlyAbyei, but the whole country with the screwed up Bashiir, period. 1905 wasn’t the end, but the begining, infact, 2011, is the year for the people of Abyei to drop their idea of joining South Sudan, because it’s not worth to fight for, a country run and controlled by a bunch of tribal jackasses.

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