Presidency meeting reaches a partial agreement on the Abyei issue

25 February 2008

The Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the government of southern Sudan said that the Presidency meeting on Sunday reached a partial agreement on the Abyei issue despite, the differences on implementing the Abyei protocol. 

Dr. Luka Biong asserted that they agreed on the importance of peaceful co-existence in the area between the Dinka Ngok and Al-Misseiriya tribes. He said that they also agreed on establishing a provisional administration there. 

The Presidency which comprises President Omer Al-Bashir, and his deputies Salva Kiir Mayardit, and Ali Osman MohammedTaha also discussed the security situation in South Kordofan, South Darfur, Unity, Northern and Western Bahr Al-Ghazal States.

The Presidency asked the Joint Military Commission in the Joint Defense Board to keep up its efforts to calm down the situation in the mixed areas. The President urged the Joint Military Commission to review the recommendations of the Joint Defense Board which have been endorsed by the Presidency.

SPLA member of the Joint Defense Board, Major General Bior Ajang, earlier accused the Sudan Armed Forces of closing the main routes in west Abyei during the recent clashes between the Messeyria and the Dinka Ngok tribes. 

Speaking to Miraya FM, Major General Ajang said that there are differences within the Joint Defense Board over the reports submitted by the committee that investigated the Mayrum incidents. He said that there are also differences between the SPLA and the Sudan Armed Forces regarding the process of their redeployment to the south and the north respectively.

Meanwhile, the Joint Defense Board is expected to discuss the redeployment of both armies in Juba next Wednesday. They are also expected to discuss the problems in the border areas between the north and the south.


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