Sudan to hold talks with South Sudan over disputed area
(9 August 2017)
Talks between Sudan and South Sudan to resolve the ongoing dispute over the border region of Abyei have been scheduled for the 17 and 18 of August 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Sudanese committee for the administration of the area have announced.
Ownership of Abyei remains a contentious issue after South Sudan separated from Sudan in 2011. There is currently no joint administration of the area as the Ngok Dinka refuse to support the formation of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) and call for a referendum instead, without the Sudanese Misseriya tribe. Now there are two committees, one for the Misseriya appointed by the Sudanese government and another for the Ngok Dinka appointed by South Sudan government in Juba.
The head of the Sudanese committee, Hassan Ali Nimir, told the semi-official Sudan Media Center (SMC) that the meeting would discuss implementation of the 20 June 2011 agreement between Sudan and South Sudan.