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JUBA - 23 Nov 2012

Khartoum delays meeting of Abyei oversight committee, Juba claims

The South Sudanese government informed the African Union (AU) that the Sudanese government has asked them to postpone an upcoming meeting of the Abyei joint oversight committee. 

The meeting, which was supposed to be held on Thursday 29th November, is to finalize negotiations on the implementation of resolutions from the September agreement in Addis Ababa.

The two parties requested more time to select their candidates for the positions of Abyei council speaker and the deputy of the Abyei area administrator.

The government of South Sudan disclosed in the press statement their dissatisfaction at the failure of the government Sudan not to comply with the agreements that they signed previously.

According to the statement, which came from the office of the president and carried the signature of the head of the Abyei joint oversight committee, Dr. Luka Biong, the government of South Sudan said that they have received no nominees from Khartoum for the agreed positions and urged Khartoum to proceed with this quickly to enable the full formation of an independent Abyei administration.

The statement also reaffirmed the readiness of the government of South Sudan to fulfill its positions.

Photo by Radio Tamazuj: A main street of Abyei town at dusk