A senior member of the former Sudan
People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) says semi-autonomous south Sudan will accept
Wednesday's Court of Arbitration decision on the borders of the disputed
oil-rich Abyei region.
The ruling reduced the size of Abyei and gave most of
the oil areas to Sudan's northern-based national government.
Pagan Amum, secretary general of the former
SPLM and now minister for cabinet affairs in Sudan's government of national
unity, hoped both parties will now move
beyond the ruling and bring about the full implementation of the entire Abyei
SPLM, before the announcement, had declared its position that it shall accept
the decision of the court. And now that the court has issued its word and
demarcated the border of Abyei, we accept that decision and we are for its
immediate implementation on the ground," he said.
said although the south is disappointed by the court's ruling, it still plans
to accept the ruling.
court has decided. We had accepted that we shall take the decision of the court
as final and binding, and we remain committed to our word. We are not like the
National Congress (party of President Bashir) that reneges from their
commitment," Amum said.
hoped the Court of Arbitration's ruling would help Sudan's overall peace
the people of Abyei at least now their border is clear. The land of north Dinka
that has been transferred in 1905 has now been demarcated by the International
Court of Arbitration. And this brings to an end the conflict between the
Messeriah people on one side and the north Dinka. And we hope with this
decision the page of instability and war and conflict is closed," he said.
also hoped the parties in Sudan would now proceed to fully implement the entire
Abyei Protocol, including the government initiating programs for resettlement
and rehabilitation of refugees.
also hoped the international community would assist in the full execution of
the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
now call on the United States of America and the international community to
ensure that this decision is immediately implemented and to ensure that there
is peace in the area and paves the way for the full implementation of the Abyei
Protocol and the CPA," he said.
said problems still remain in the realization of the CPA, including the border
between the south and north.
accused the northern-based government of focusing only on having access to oil and little on uniting
the people of Sudan.