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Juba - 21 Feb 2012

South Sudan wants Kenya to mediate on Abyei

South Sudan's presidential adviser Joseph Lagu is trying to convince the Kenyan government to act as a mediator in the unresolved dispute affecting the region of Abyei.

Addressing a training session for diplomats in Mombassa, the adviser said Kenya is in a position to gather facts of the situation on the ground, for both Sudan and South Sudan to move beyond the current deadlock.

Separately, a Misseriya leader, Muhammed Omar Ansari said the Misseriya currently considers Abyei to be a part of Sudan, until a referendum is carried out as suggested by US envoy Princeton Lyman in August.