23 Jan 2021


AJOC Co-chairs Meet In Addis Ababa To Address Issues Of Insecurity In Abyei Region

The two leaders of the Abyei Join Oversight Committee (AJOC) conducted a joint meeting in the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa in a move to address the ongoing insecurity in the contested Abyei region.

AJOC Co-chairs Meet In Addis Ababa To Address Issues Of Insecurity In Abyei Region
AJOC Co Chairs exchange Signed Resolution [Photo| Ariik Atekdit]

By Ariik Atekdit
JUBA, 2 April 2015 [Gurtong] - Hassan Ali Nimr, the Co-chair of AJOC representing the Republic of Sudan met with Co-chair Deng Mading Mijak of South Sudan on March 30, in the presence of the UN head for Abyei region interim force, UNISFA.

The meeting decided that a joint gathering of the two leadership be conducted towards the end of April; to bring together the Misseriya Arab and the Dinka Ngok tribes.

"In light of urgent need to involve the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya communities in addressing their concern, AJOC will meet in preparation towards the speedy dialogue within the last week of April in Addis Ababa under the facilitation of AJOC, AU and the UN," reads partly the document of resolution signed by the two co-chairs.

The document added that the two AJOC sides will coordinate with their respective community leaders to ensure successful meetings.

The meeting reiterated that Abyei must be a weapon-free zone and condemned all the clashes and killings that have taken place in the recent time.

The oil rich region is disputed and claimed by the two governments in Juba and Khartoum with Abyei citizens siding with their fellow South Sudanese.

The Ngok Dinka region was part of South Sudan but administratively annexed to the Kordufan Region in 1905 under the British rule.

Abyei region according to the Comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 was supposed to conduct a referendum alongside South Sudan's 2011 secession vote of whether to be part of South Sudan or to remain in Sudan.

The referendum was delayed until in 2013 the community conducted their unilateral referendum that overwhelmingly voted Abyei to be part of South Sudan; however, the plebiscite is not recognized by the two rivaling countries and the international community as well.


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