By Ngor Arol Garang
February 7, 2012 (JUBA) – The Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) has called on humanitarian organisations to urgently respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation among those displaced from the contested area in mid-2011 when north Sudan’s military took control of the area by force.
SPLM’s Luka Biong, August 4, 2011 (Enough Project)
Around 110,000 people fled the area, which was supposed to have held a referendum to decide its future in January 2011. However, disputes over who would be allowed to vote meant that the plebiscite did not go ahead.
The oil producing region remains an emotive issue. South Sudan, which seceded in July last year says that Abyei will become part of the new nation if residents are allowed to vote.
But Khartoum demands that a nomadic ethnic group, who would be expected to opt for Abyei to remain north of the new international border, are also allowed to vote.
Pagan Amum, the Secretary General of the South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) on Tuesday said his country will not return the two countries to all out conflict but said that it will not allow even “a single inch” of its territorial boundaries to be taken by the Khartoum-based
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