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AU condemns Sudan for obstructing Abyei visit, warns against unilateral action


October 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) issued a statement on Sunday condemning the Sudanese government for preventing its planned visit to Abyei and warning against any unilateral action in the disputed areas.

UN peacekeepers from Ethiopia patrol the outskirts of the disputed Abyei town that straddles the border between Sudan and South Sudan on 16 September 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

The council “expresses its deep disappointment and regret that it was unable to undertake the visit to Abyei, as planned, on 26 and 27 October 2013”, it said in a statement released following its 403rd meeting on Saturday.

The 15-member body said that the Sudanese government did not allow the visit under the pretext of alleged security reasons, stressing “the discrepancies in the analysis, by the parties, of the situation prevailing in Abyei”.

“[The] council considers this to be an obstruction to the discharge of its responsibilities”, it said in the strongly worded statement.

The statement added that the council considers that “those who obstructed its visit should bear full responsibility for any resulting negative development in the area”.

The African body also praised Juba for its appeal to the Ngok Dinka community to refrain from any unilateral actions in Abyei, urging it “to continue to demonstrate utmost restraint”.

The African body also renewed its calls for Khartoum and Juba to continue their efforts to reach an agreement on the final status of the Abyei Area, based on the proposal put forward on 21 September 2012 by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

“Council strongly urges the UN Security Council (UNSC) to extend its full support to the AUHIP proposal, which is the best way forward in addressing the challenges at hand”, the statement said.

Khartoum has refused to accept the proposal by the AU panel, which is headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, stressing that the Arab Misseriya nomads should also be eligible to take part in the plebiscite on whether the area should be part of Sudan or South Sudan.

However, the statement warned the parties in Abyei to refrain from taking any unilateral action that may further complicate the situation, reiterating its call for “maximum restraint”.

The AUPSC further called on the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments to “expeditiously” establish an Abyei administration and its legislative council in line with the agreement reached on 20 June 2011.

The council also demanded the Sudanese government “refrain from obstructing its work and extend full cooperation in support of the AU’s efforts to manage and resolve the situation in Abyei”.

The AUPSC plans to conduct its postponed visit to Abyei on 5 and 6 November.


However, a South Sudanese civil society activist has called on the AUPSC to take action against the Sudanese government instead of merely condemning its decision to block the scheduled visit.

“We feel [Omer Hassan] Al-Bashir is playing with the issue of Abyei and this is what CEPO [Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation] has being saying since last year”, Edmund Yakani told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

“This move by Sudan government is absolutely undermining the outcome of the recent summit held in Juba between [Salva] Kiir and Al-Bashir”, he added.

He also expressed fears that Khartoum’s decision to block the AU team from visiting the contested oil-producing region was likely to provoke the otherwise calm situation on the ground.

“[The] South Sudan government now has to use [a] diplomatic approach of pursuing the international community to put pressure on Al-Bashir”, said Yakani.


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  • 27 October 2013 12:17, by Jalaby

    To AU,
    We really for sorry for not allowing you guys visiting Abyei nowadays but we did that entirely for your safety,you know Misseriya are very angry and might attack Dinka Ngok at any time,and if that happens Dinka Ngok know how to run quickly out of Abyei and rescue their lives and will leave behind facing the hell and die!!

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    • 27 October 2013 12:22, by Jalaby

      We really feel sorry brothers if you feel offended for not allowing you visiting Abyei but we did it mainly for your safety!
      Dinka Ngok have a great experience in escaping and fleeing the area when their hear the first Misseiya gun singing in Abyei sky!!

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      • 27 October 2013 13:00, by Stephen kuach

        Ya Jalaba.
        Stop celebrating the event before the result from the AU and the World body,the world already knows your dirty work,but someday my friend your back will not handle to carry all these messes you have created for yourself,it’s funny to you and your gov.

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      • 27 October 2013 16:19, by zulu

        You are a Nuer, from South Sudan. Please, leave Sudan and return home to rebuild your land.

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        • 27 October 2013 19:14, by Marco A. Wek

          AU and GOSS are two weak bodies that have given North Sudan criminal government green light to bully poor people of Abyie.

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        • 27 October 2013 19:18, by Mi diit

          What a confusion. Salva Kiir says AU will resolve the Abyei issue, then AU says Sudan and South Sudan will solve it. Kiir says even if he talked for a hundred years with Bashir they wouldn’t produce an agreement? Now who is going to solve it. Abyei people should vote unilaterally.

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          • 27 October 2013 19:20, by Mi diit

            Then after the unilateral voting the next step will be to mobilize for the recognition of the outcome. Kiir and Bashir may not recognize the right of Dinka Ngok to choose but the upcoming governments in both South Sudan and Sudan will recognize the result of the vote. Misseriya will face UNISFA if they dare attack Abyei people at voting centers.

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        • 28 October 2013 04:03, by padiit gaga

          this Jalaby is not from Nuer is from Dinka Ngok who refuse to be a part of south because he was converted to Islam.no nuer land which was under Arab control. Arab used to come to Land and graze their cattle by April Nuer used to tell them to return if the refused Nuer used to chased them back by force. please Jalaby do not sell your people come to south you have freedom of worship.

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      • 27 October 2013 21:21, by EES Kingmaker

        Everyone knows that you are a seasoned liar. No doubt! Who set Misseriya loose? Aren’t NCP cabals, who think that doing dirty work can be rewarding? Blocking Abyei referendum won’t save Bashir from ICC guillotine. Bashir and his team inner cirlce of liars, murderers, crooked, thugs are marked to account for their multiple crimes. Bashir tricks are exposed. ICC isn’t a toothless AU’

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  • 27 October 2013 12:34, by dude

    U are angry, Jalaby. stop your angry comment. It seems like U really do not know what is going on in Abyei but it is happening in your face you dump shit. Common to Abyei,and u will face the mighty SPLA.

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  • 27 October 2013 12:59, by Angelo Achuil

    Sudan is clearly bullying Abyei by disrupting their chance to vote. UNSC, AU, and Juba do not know what else to do- and Khartoum gov likes it that way. Only God will rebuke Missiriyah and avenge the blood of Abyei people killed every year

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  • 27 October 2013 14:57, by Deng Amos Achol Madol

    Please AU talkless than action. This is not a time for talk, it is time for ACTION. You all know, we south Sudanese and you AU have been talking all this time but Khartoum did nothing. You have to endorse Abyei referendum immediatiy. Piny ke jath.

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  • 27 October 2013 19:37, by George Bol

    Likely,there may be provocation,so SPLA must be stand by to defend Abyei fully. I agree that it may take 1000 years for Khartoum to agree with the South for Abyei issue. I can see that we have skirmish on the way,but for South to stop SAF to enter Abyei again is to stand by and not let only the police in Abyei be the only in the war far like in 2008. So many agree/proposals but Jallab disagree!

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  • 27 October 2013 20:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    very coward organization which will end without acheivement in the world.

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  • 28 October 2013 00:13, by Black Africa

    We took South Sudan and then Abyei will be the next,then South Kordufan,Blue Nile ,Darfur and East Sudan,its a matter of time believe me.

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    • 28 October 2013 03:55, by EES Kingmaker

      Black Africa,
      You have said it all. We are not contented with South Sudan we own. That created a breathing space for us only. The big chunk of land for our black race in Sudan is still in the hands of oppressors. Jalaby and his swindled race must be forced to return to Arabian Peninsula, their cradle land. We must tell them by iron and blood as we did in recent past if they don’t listen to words.

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      • 28 October 2013 10:50, by Makjohnson

        I don’t really know what our Dinka bros want in this country? Abyei is a piece of land with potential sons and daughters who know how to advocate for their destiny. If SPLM/Salva Kiir want to sell Abyei only to get dollar from oil production, the only people of the Abyei region has their rights to vote in their own territory. We all ’ll accept the results and the world as started by Canadian gover

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  • 28 October 2013 10:52, by Makjohnson

    , Australian and the African Union. Salva is a president without army and, if Arab attacks Abyei community while voting, the people’ Army will fights. Let people of Abyei not scarce with all the shiiits from Juba and Khartoum. weeeeeeee areeeeeeeeeeeeeeee withhhhh youuuuuuuuu

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