Ex-Abyei Administrator blames poor Kiir-Alor relations for status

By Nema Juma

The former Administrator of Abyei Area has blamed the poor relations between President Salva Kiir and former foreign minister Deng Alor Kuol for what he termed as “hostage of Abyei status”.

Abyei is a contented area between Sudan and South Sudan with both claiming ownership since South Sudan seceded from the Sudan in 2011.

Earlier in 2013, people of Abyei held a referendum and voted in favor to be part of South Sudan but South Sudan has not officially recognized the referendum.

Yesterday, Dr. Chol Deng Alak claimed that the area “has become hostage” because of poor relations between Deng Alor and President Kiir.

“In 2013, I was told by comrade chairman (Kiir) in our convention that he was waiting for Deng Alor so that they can resolve the problem. So the problem of Abyei became a hostage because Deng Alor was in quarrel with the President,” Chol said.

He stated that Abyei should not be a problem of anybody because it does not belong to Deng Alor, or to anybody.

“You people of the SPLM should help us unite, if you don’t want to help in uniting us then I don’t know,” Chol said.

However, last month President Salva Kiir handed over the Abyei area file to Deng Alor, to follow up on the resolution of the final status of the region.

He authorized Deng Alor to work towards the implementation of the final status of the contested area.

The 2004 Protocol on the Resolution of the Abyei Conflict accorded Abyei Area a “special administrative status”.

Under the terms of the Protocol, the Abyei Area was declared part of the states of South Kordofan and Northern Bahr el Ghazal and issues related to it to be determined by the Presidency made up of President Salva Kiir and former Sudanese President Omar al Bashir.

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