Editorial

The abyei meeting in addis, is it on or off?

The abyei meeting in addis, is it on or off?

Can someone clear the air on Abyei situation? There are reports of arranged meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to discuss the on-goings or stale mate standing on the way of resolving the issue once and for all. Information circulating which has attracted attention from wide quarters indicates that the meeting is attentioned for this week and will bring both South Sudan and Sudan to the negotiating table over Abyei. Ownership of the area, disputed oil-producing region, contested by this country and the North remained contentious up to now. There is no joint administration between the two countries over the disputed Abyei. Some time back the area was mandated to have its own referendum but it did not take off the ground because of the disagreement on who and where the region belongs to. It is however, not clear whether the meeting which was reported had taken place or is yet to be held since some part of the would be key players have denied any knowledge while others are confirming the scheduled meeting. We are sympathizing with those living in this region with lots of multitude of problems. Whether this meeting is on or not, they should be considered and given their right to choose and live the way they want instead of being forced against their will and put in a wanting situation. The truth of the matter is that with all the obstacles, they will have to live in a country they like and willingly chat their right of the path towards their intended goal without any hindrance. Let the Abyei people have their dream come true. Let them choose their own destination not by forceful or calculated move against human beings.

Editorial 29th May 2017

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