The President of the Transitional Sovereign Council, 1st Lt Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan has agreed to bilateral discussions over the status of the disputed region.
“His Excellency the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his brother, Gen Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan are committed to addressing the issue of Abyei through bilateral cooperation. In this spirit, the president has now tasked me and the able people from Abyei with membership from South Sudanese to negotiate the final status of Abyei, and God willing the result will meet the aspirations of our people. We just need to build on the existing cooperation which has been created out of the cordial and friendlier relationship between the two leaders”, said the Advisor of South Sudan President, Tut Gatluak Manime.
One of the first objectives is to pursue the final status of the Abyei Area through engagement with the Government of the Republic of Sudan and to present the position of the governments of Sudan and South Sudan, United Nations, African Union, including other multilateral partners by reflecting the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) 2005 and the other relevant resolutions on final status of Abyei.
The delay in the settlement has caused frustrations among natives of the region, with some blaming President Kiir and his administration for inaction after conducting a community referendum in 2022. The South Sudanese leader prefers settlement of Abyei status through cooperation.