Fact Finding Committee Holds Meeting Over Disputed Area Of Bhar el Gel
The National Council of States fact finding committee to probe the disputed area of Bhar el Gel nicknamed Ngap held a meeting with representatives of Western Lakes State parliament and elders over the contested area in the region last week.
By Mabor Riak Magok
RUMBEK, 18 January 2017 [Gurtong]-In a media briefing after the meeting the committee’s chairperson, Faustino Atem Gualdit said the fact finding committee will discuss with both sides over the disputed area of Bhar El Gel and report all the information to the council of States for a final solution.
Atem Gualdit said the national council of States during the approval of Counties of Western Lakes State had approved Bhar El Gel Payam to be one of the Counties of Western Lakes State.
The representative of Bhar el Gel in Western Lakes State parliament, elders and intellectuals in the meeting had made a number of recommendations which includes deployment of neutral forces to create a vapor zone between Western Lakes State, Bar el Gel County and Gok State Aganrial/Ngap County.
That the displaced community of Bhar el should return to rebuild their lives before the rainy season approaches for cultivation and humanitarian organizations to have access to the displaced community without being stopped by Gok State armed youth and organized forces and lastly they recommended the final solution of the dispute should be through a referendum among the natives of Jurbeli community of Bhar el Gel County to decide their fate of whether to join Gok or Western Lakes States.