Sudan: Abyei referendum verdict 'a declaration of war'
The Messiriya have rejected the results of the
unilateral referendum organised by the Ng'ok Dinka
in the disputed Abyei region.
The outcome showed that a vast majority had
decided to join South Sudan.
The results of the referendum show that 99.9 per
cent of the voters were in favour of joining South
Sudan, the commission that organised the vote, said
The United Nations Security Council and the
governments of South Sudan and Sudan, have all
stated the unilateral vote was not a political solution
to the status of the area.
The Messiriya have said the result was a declaration
of war by Ng'ok Dinka, Messiriya leader Mohamadien
Alnour said in a statement to the Africa Review.
Mr Alnour strongly criticised the Ng'ok leaders,
asserting that the Messiriya would not recognise
Till now, we are not committed to any agreement or
cessation of hostilities with the Dinka, he warned.
“The Government of Sudan should cancel all the
agreements with South Sudan or announce openly
that it had ceded Abyei to the Government of South
Sudan,” he said.
“We will hold a counter-referendum in November to
determine the fate of Abyei area.
Graze their cattle
“The planned vote will be held north of Bahr Al-arab
and observed by local and international observers."
Last week, the Chairperson of the African Union
Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, warned
that the unilateral referendum was illegal.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir had earlier pledged
to work with the South Sudan government to settle
the future of Abyei.
Out the 64,771 registered Ng'ok Dinka voters,
63,433 turned out for the exercise, with some 63,059
voting for the contested region to join South Sudan.
The figure constitutes 99.9 per cent of the vote cast
Only 12 voted in favour of Sudan, constituting 0.02
per cent of the vote, and there were 362 spoilt
ballots, constituting 0.57 per cent.
Abyei was administratively transferred to northern
Sudan in 1905.
A referendum to determine the status of the region
failed on January 9, 2011, because Juba and
Khartoum could not agree on who should vote.
Sudan wants the Misseriya nomads, who graze their
cattle in the northern part of Abyei to take part in the
But South Sudan wants only the nine Dinka Ng'ok
chiefdoms, which were transferred, to vote in line
with a 2009 ruling of the permanent court of
arbitration at The Hague.