South Sudanese delegation in Khartoum to talk on Abyei issue

Minister for East African Affairs-Deng Alor Kuol

South Sudanese presidential adviser for Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak Kew is in Khartoum to discuss the status of Abyei, a disputed area between South Sudan and Sudan.

According to Sudan Tribune, the delegation which includes Deng Alor, South Sudanese minister for East African Affairs, Deng Alor Kuol arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday.  

Alor, a prominent politician who hails from Abyei is in charge of Abyei file.

In 2013, the Ngok Dinka conducted a community referendum in which they voted more than 99 percent in favour of joining of South Sudan, but Khartoum  and Juba did not recognize the results of their referendum.

On Monday, president Salva Kiir tasked Gatluak to discuss the final status of Abyei with Sudanese government.

Leaders of the Ngok Dinka had called for re-organization of a referendum on the fate of the region.  

The area has  been witnessing armed violence involving killing, abduction of children, and raiding cattle.  In late January, armed attack on “Kolom” village northern part of Abyei led to death of more than 30 civilians including women and children. More than 20 were injured, houses torched and children abducted. 

In August, the paramount chief of the Ngok Dinka told Abyei FM that determining the final status of Abyei means peace and stability to the communities in the area.