Abyei Belongs To Us: Warrap Leadership

Aerial view of Abyei, which has fertile grazing land and small oil reserves. [Photo| Pete Martell]

State Information Minister and Spokesman Paul Dhel Gum told the press that Abyei region is politically and geographically in Warrap State.

He called upon the international community to intervene and block the intended annexation of the oil-rich region by the Khartoum government.

“We are closely following and the Warrap State leadership will not sit back and watch the senseless provocation by Sudan. We will not remain silent on this”, he warned.

He described the latest move by Khartoum as a clear indication of the Islamic regime’s commitment to dishonour the  cooperation agreements and co-existence between Sudan and South Sudan.

The disputed oil- rich region is being claimed by the two governments in Juba and Khartoum, with Abyei citizens siding with their fellow South Sudanes.

The Ngok Dinka region was part of South Sudan but administratively annexed to Kordufan in 1905 under theBritish rule.

According to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005, Abyei region was supposed to conduct a referendum alongside South Sudan’s 2011 secession vote. However, the referendum was delayed until 2013 where the community overwhelmingly voted for Abyei to be part of South Sudan.

The referendum however, remains unrecognised following a boycott by the predominant Misseriya pastoralistcommunity that resides in the area.

The region is being claimed by South Sudan’s Ngok Dinka on one hand and the Misseriya community on the other.

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