Category: Abyei

Sudan, South Sudan Abyei oversight committees to meet this month

May 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese committee for the administration of Abyei area Tuesday said it has received an invitation from the African Union to meet with its South Sudanese counterpart on 30 May in Abyei.
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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Sudan reiterates sovereignty over disputed Abyei region

May 18, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s permanent envoy to the United Nations Omer Dahab called on South Sudan government to engage with Khartoum and the African Union seriously to speed up the formation of administrative institutions in the disputed Abyei region.
Speaking before the UN Security Council’s session on the Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) on Wednesday, Dahab said “Abyei will remain an integral part of the Sudanese national territory”, stressing the Sudanese government will (…)


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UN extends mandate of Interim Security Force for Abyei

May 16, 2018 (JUBA) – The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted the resolution extending the mandate of its Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) until 15 May next year, saying the current situation is a serious threat to international peace.
Made up of Ethiopian troops, UNISFA was established in June 2011 at the request of the Sudan and South Sudan governments.
The resolution reiterated the demand for Sudan and South Sudan to urgently establish an Abyei Area (…)


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UNISFA mandate extended

The UN Security Council has once again extended the mandate for its interim forces in Abyei area for another six months. Yesterday, the Council unanimously agreed to extend the peacekeeping mission until mid-November with a…

Sudan says satisfied with UNISFA performance in Abyei

May 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad Ibn Ouf on Monday has met with the commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Major General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu.
During the meeting, Ibn Ouf expressed his country’s satisfaction with the distinguished performance and important roles played by the UNISFA in Abyei according to its mandate.
He stressed Sudan’s keenness to meet its entire commitments and establish normal relations with South Sudan, expressing (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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 (…)


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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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