JUI Commander Accuses SAF of Adding Troops in Abyei

28 November 2007 (SRS)

The commander of the SPLA section of the Joint Integrated Units in Abyei is alleging that the Sudan Armed Forces are increasing their troops in the Abyei area.

Major Samuel Deng Agok told Sudan Radio Service in Abyei on Monday that the Sudan Armed Forces have not withdrawn their forces from Abyei as stipulated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, but that SAF instead has increased its military presence in the area.

He denied SAF allegations that the SPLA has increased its forces in Abyei, adding that the SPLA soldiers in Abyei are members of Joint Integrated Units which are supposed to be deployed in the area.

Sudan Radio Service could not reach a representative of the Sudan Armed Forces for comments.
Abyei has been without a functioning administration since the CPA was signed nearly three years ago.

President Omar al-Bashir has rejected the Abyei Boundary Commission report, accusing members of the commission of overstepping their mandate.


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