Ngok Dinka and Twic Communities sign cessation of hostilities agreement


Chief Bulabek Deng Kuol Ngok Dinka paramount Chief and Chief Deng Meyen Deng of Twic Community signing cessation of hostilities at Grand Hotel | photo credit Vice president media’s office 

Twic Community of Warrap State and Ngok Dinka of Abyei Administrative Area have agreed to end violence.

The cessation of hostilities agreement was signed in Aweil Town of Northern Bahr El Ghazal on Monday.

In February, communal clashes involving armed youth from Twic County of Warrap State and of Abyei Administrative Area left more than twenty people dead.

The fighting was caused by dispute over land boundaries.

Abyei Administrative Area and Twic County claim ownership of some areas striding the two including Agok.

The event was witnessed by the head of investigation committee, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, and other members.

Delegates from Abyei Administrative Area who went for the signing are chief Administrator of Abyei Administrative Area, Kuol Deim Kuol, chiefs, paramount chief of Ngok Dinka, Bulabek Deng Kuol and commissioner of Rumamer county, Chol Pur Chol.

Governor of Warrap State, Aleu Ayieny Aleu, commissioner of Twic County, Deng Tong, Twic community Deng Miyen Deng were there.

The most important aspect of the agreement is the recognition of the occurrence of violence in Agok, which led to the loss of lives and property, announcement of the cessation of hostilities and giving security responsibility to the army under the command of General Makal.

Other aspects are return of the displaced to their villages, handing over of culprits to the courts, giving peace a chance, and appealing to the organizations concerned to expedite the provision of services to affected population.

According to the Abyei Special Administrative Area Facebook page, the signing took place in the presence of Unity State governor as a witness and South Sudan Minister of Investment, Dr. Dhieu Mathok.

Agok Town was attacked by armed youth said to be from young men from Twic county of Warrap State.

The incident led to the death of more than twenty people and the displacement of thousands of civilians from their homes.