SPLM-IO Abyei calls for solutions to Abyei issues


First Vice President of South Sudan and Chairman of SPLM-IO, Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon | File photo: Reuters

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition in Abyei Administrative Area has issued a statement calling for a solution to issues affecting Abyei.

SPLM-IO called on South Sudan’s president to restructure the national committee for the final status of Abyei to allow for the participation of other political parties and civil society organizations, women and youth.

The national committee tasked with negotiating the final status of Abyei was formed by South Sudan’s president. It is made up of nine members with Presidential Security Advisor, Tut Gatluak the chairman deputized by Deng Alor Kuol, South Sudan’s minister for East African Affairs.

The oil rich Abyei region is contested by both Sudan and South Sudan claiming its ownership.

The party also urged South Sudan and Sudan to recognize the results of 2013 Ngok Dinka people unilateral referendum. SPLM-IO appealed for the implementation of the payment of oil share to Abyei people as stipulated in the Abyei protocol of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005.

According to the deal, the people of Abyei are supposed to get two percent of the oil money. But the area has not been receiving this money since South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.