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Abyei - 11 Apr 2012

Sudan and South Soudan delegations meet in Abyei

The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) is planning to meet delegations of the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments on Thursday. On tomorrow's agenda are pressing issues like the development of legislative and governmental institutions in the disputed area of Abyei.The delegations also plan to discuss the rising tensions between different tribes living in the area.

Alkher Al Fahim, charing the Sudanese delegation, said the meeting will take place in the Abyei region as agreed upon by the co-chair of the AJOC. Al Fahim explained the Sudanese government is willing to put efforts in planning the voluntary return of Dinka’s to Abyei and the movement of Misseriyan nomads in the region.

Luka Biong Deng, co-chair of the AJOC, said in a statement yesterday he is concerned as tensions rise over the stay of the nomads in South Sudan. He fears residents from Abyei will conduct violent reprisals against the Misseriyan nomads, because they feel frustrated with the way they are treated by Khartoum. 

An estimated amount of 112,000 Misseriya nomads and their three million cattle now reside in South Sudan.