EU envoys express concern over the situation in Abyei

April 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday have expressed concern about the situation of the people in the disputed Abyei region.
In a statement at the end of a two-day visit to the region, EU Ambassadors said the “objective of the visit was to examine the political, security, development and humanitarian situation on the ground”.
“The European diplomats held meetings with the leaders of Ngok Dinka and Misserya and Dinka Agok, representatives of the (…)


News

/
,
,

Read more

Security Council extends for 10 days UNISFA’s support to Sudans border mechanism

April 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations Security Council has extended for 10 days the support of its mission in the disputed Abyei area to Sudan and South Sudan Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism.
In May 2017, the Council pointed to the persistent delay to operationalise the buffer zone decided to end United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)’s support to the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism within six months unless the two countries (…)


News

/
,
,
,
,

Read more

Sudan’s NCP names party officials in Abyei

April 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has named its heads of offices in the disputed Abyei area saying the move comes in preparations for the 2020 general elections.
In statements released in Khartoum, the NCP political secretary for Abyei Scholl Muwin Paul said the naming of the party officials would help to achieve social peace and stability in the area.
According to Paul, the NCP has named Salouma Yahia as deputy chairman of the party while Hafiz Abo (…)


News

/
,
,

Read more

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day

4 April 2018 | Abyei – The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action in Abyei echoing this year’s theme “Advancing protection, peace and development” among peacekeepers working in Abyei.
In celebration of this important day, UNISFA and UNMAS organized events in Abyei, Kadugli, and Gok Machar. These events included fun runs and static exhibitions (…)


Press Releases

/

Read more

UN’s Guterres appoints new UNISFA Force Commander

April 4, 2018 (JUBA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres Wednesday appointed Ethiopian Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).
“Woldezgu succeeds Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 23 April 2018,” reads a statement released by the UN.
“The Secretary-General is grateful for his tireless dedication and invaluable service and effective leadership of (…)


News

/

Read more

Joint AU, UN delegation to visit Abyei on Thursday

March 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area said a joint delegation from the African Union and the UN Security Council (UNSC) would visit Abyei on Thursday to inspect the situation in the contested region.
The executive director of the committee Saloma Yahia Musa told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) they briefed the delegation on the performance of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), pointing to the occurrence (…)


News

/

Read more

Sudan renews commitment to provide national identity cards for Ngok Dinka

March 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area has expressed commitment to enable the Ngok Dinka to acquire the Sudanese national identity cards.
Ownership of Abyei, an oil-producing region contested by Sudan and South Sudan, remained contentious even after the world’s youngest nation split from Sudan in 2011. Khartoum and Juba failed to agree on who can participate on in a vote to determine the future of the region.
In February 2017, President Omer (…)


News

/
,
,

Read more

Dinka Ngok and Messeriya communities sign peace pact

March 6, 2018 (ABYEI) – Representatives from the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities signed a community peace agreement to support peaceful coexistence between the two groups on 5 March following a three-day conference in the Abyei Administrative Area.
The conference, supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA), attracted over 150 participants from both (…)


News

/
,

Read more

Sudan to establish popular committees in Abyei

February 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area said it would form more than thirty popular committees to help to implement government plans in the contested region.
The semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) has quoted the executive director of the committee Saloma Yahia Musa as saying the chairman of the committee Hassan Ali Nimir would head a delegation to tour Abyei to form the popular committees.
He pointed out that the popular committees (…)


News

/

Read more

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 (…)


Comment & Analysis

/
,

Read more

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 (…)


News

/
,

Read more

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 (…)


News

/
,

Read more

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 (…)


Comment & Analysis

/

Read more

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 (…)


News

/
,

Read more

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 (…)


News

/

Read more

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 (…)


News

/
,
,

Read more

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 (…)


News

/
,

Read more

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 (…)


News

/
,

Read more