Sayed Bona Malwal: A Sudanese Desperately Dreaming of Re-annexing South Sudan to Sudan

By Justice Deng Biong
Recently, Sayed (Mr. in Arabic) Bona Malwal held a press conference in Khartoum on December, 4th, 2017, where he said, inter alia, that Abyei is part of Sudan and that it has never been claimed neither by the SPLM nor by South Sudan. Those utterances angered people of Abyei and other South Sudanese who described them as not only irresponsible from an elder but amounted to a betrayal to South Sudan national interest. Abyei people expected me, as in charge of Abyei file (…)


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South Sudan foreign minister protests denial of travel to Abyei

January 4, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s foreign minister has protested denial to travel to the disputed Abyei region, sparking anger from the local community leadership.
Minister Deng Alor Kuol was scheduled to accompany and attend the burial of a fallen diplomat in the disputed territory of Abyei area.
Kuol told Sudan Tribune on Thursday he was surprised the leadership of the United Nations interim force could not put him on the flight that was taking the body of late Ambassador Kuol Alor (…)


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Sudan, U.S. discuss implementation of Abyei agreements

December 22, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Head of the Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area Hassan Ali Nimir Thursday has met with the US Deputy Chief of Mission to Khartoum Ervin Massinga.
Ownership of Abyei, a disputed border region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in 2011.
There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan, as the Ngok Dinka refuse the formation of Abyei Joint Oversight (…)


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Response to Bona Malual statements on Abyei

By Hon Arop Madut Arop
As I was reading the last proof of my new book on the Ngok Dinka history, which is currently with the printers, somebody sent me a recorded voice message purportedly given by Uncle Bona Malwal in his recent press conference in Khartoum. In the voice message, it would appear that Uncle Bona Malwal was answering questions from journalists about a number of sensitive issues including a so-called Abyei Area controversy. From Uncle Bona Malwal press statement, which I (…)


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Sudan urges EU to press for establishing political institutions in Abyei

December 9, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Head of the Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area Hassan Ali Nimir has called on the European Union (EU) to play an effective role to establish the political institutions in the disputed region according to the June, 2011agreement between Sudan and South Sudan.
Ownership of Abyei, a disputed border region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in 2011.
There is no joint (…)


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South Sudan’s Bona Malwal maintains Abyei part of Sudan

December 8, 2017 (JUBA)- A prominent Dinka politician and the rapporteur of the national dialogue maintained his remarks in which he said the contested border region of Abyei remains part of neighbouring Sudan until when its status has been resolved.
“Yes, I made the remarks but here is why. Abyei is in the north. Read the 1956 map of Sudan before South Sudan seceded in 2011 and tell me where it is. It was transferred on the request of the people of the area in 1905 and if they want to (…)


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S. Sudan civil society body welcomes extension of UNISFA mandate

November 15, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese civil society entity has welcomed Wednesday’s decision of by the United Nations Security Council to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping force in Abyei.
The UN Council extended until 15 May 2018 UNISFA’s mandate in Abyei, a contested territory on the Sudan and South Sudan border.
Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member Security Council also extended, for the same duration, tasks of UNISFA set out in the resolution that authorized the (…)


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Security Council renews mandate of peacekeepers in Abyei for six months

November 15, 2017 (NEW YORK/JUBA) – The Security Council on Wednesday extended until 15 May 2018 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei, a contested area on the Sudan and South Sudan border.
Unanimously adopting a resolution, the 15-member body also extended, for the same duration, tasks of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) set out in the resolution that authorized UNISFA’s deployment in 2011.
The Council also extended until 15 April 2018 UNISFA’s (…)


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Sudan accuses S. Sudan of obstructing Abyei oversight commission

November 14, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Head of the Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area Hassan Ali Nimir has accused South Sudan of obstructing meetings of the oversight committee on the disputed region.
Ownership of Abyei, a disputed border region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in July 2011.
There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan, as the Ngok Dinka refuse the formation of Abyei (…)


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S. Sudan confirms Abyei’s exclusion in bilateral talks with Sudan

November 1, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudanese authorities have confirmed that President Salva Kiir visit to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum will focus on bilateral cooperation issue between the two countries.
The issue of Abyei, a contested oil-producing region claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan is not expected on the agenda of the discussions.
The South Sudanese minister for the presidency, Mayiik Ayii Deng told reporters on Wednesday Kiir left Juba for a two-day official visit to Sudan for (…)


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Abyei talks to resume this month in Addis Ababa

November 1, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area Wednesday said it has received an invitation from the African Union to resume meetings with its South Sudanese counterpart from 9 to 10 November in Addis Ababa.
Ownership of Abyei, a disputed border region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in July 2011.
There is no joint administration between Sudan and South Sudan, as the Ngok (…)


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Sudan’s Misseriya call to address Abyei in al-Bashir-Kiir summit

October 30, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Misseriya leaders have called on the Sudanese government to include the issue of Abyei in the agenda of bilateral talks with the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.
A South Sudanese presidential aide told Sudan Tribune that Abyei would not be on the agenda of bilateral during the visit of President Kiir who is expected in Khartoum on Wednesday 1 November.
In statements to the semi-official SMC Mohamed Omer al-Ansari, a Misseriya leading member pointed to the (…)


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South Sudan president will not discuss Abyei in Khartoum: official

October 28, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir set to visit the neighbouring Sudan next Tuesday will not discuss the issue of the oil producing and contested border town region of Abyei, said presidential aide.
“The agenda of the issues to be discussed has been finalized and unless it is revised before the president travel, I don’t think the issue of Abyei will be a subject of discussion because it is not one of the talking points based on the content of the current agenda,” said (…)


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South Sudan delays meetings on Abyei until Bashir-Kiir encounter: UN

October 26, 2017 (WASHINGTON) – Juba has delayed the meetings of Sudan-South Sudan joint body on Abyei until a meeting between President Omer al-Bashir and his counterpart Salva Kiir, an international official said.
In a briefing to the UN Security Council about the situation in Abyei on Thursday, Alexander Zuev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, explain why the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee didn’t convene a meeting last July and stopped its (…)


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Gunmen kill three people in Abyei: UNISFA

October 18, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – Unknown gunmen killed three civilians in Abyei during the last week in a series of attacks that the UN security force (UNISFA) considers as “a blatant violation of the weapons-free status” of the disputed area.
An unidentified armed group opened fire on the Amiet Common Market, 15 km north of Abyei town, killing two women and injuring four people on 13 October. Two days later in Banton area, 8 km south of Abyei town, three gunmen fired at a commercial vehicle (…)


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Zimbabwean police officer awarded for peacekeeping role in Abyei

September 20, 2017 (ABYEI) – A Zimbabwean police officer has received this year’s International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her service and achievements in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
Annah Chota, an Assistance Inspector of Police in the Southern African nation, was given at the International Women and Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns, Australia on 18 September.
The award, given annually since 2011, recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of (…)


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South Sudan calls for more international involvement on Abyei’s dispute

August 25, 2017 (JUBA) – A leading South Sudanese minister Friday called for more international efforts to fix the stalled situation in Abyei area, pointing that the deployment of an international force in the border contested area has averted an unimaginable humanitarian situation.
Nine days ago, Juba declined to take part in a meeting of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) on 16 August organised by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel to discuss the formation of a (…)


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