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Cablegate: Splm Appoints Chairman in Abyei

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TAGS: PGOV PREL KPKO SOCI AU UNSC SU
SUBJECT: SPLM APPOINTS CHAIRMAN IN ABYEI

1. (SBU) Amidst ongoing border clashes in the Abyei region, the SPLM
has appointed Edward Lino as "SPLM Chairman in Abyei area." In his
capacity as Chairman of the SPLM, First Vice President of Sudan and
President of the Government of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir issued an
"SPLM Chairman's Decree" on December 31 appointing Lino. According
to the text of the decree, a copy of which was passed to CG Juba,
Chairman Lino "shall head the Abyei Interim Political Committee and
shall organize the people of Abyei politically and administratively
within the general SPLM policies and the provisions of the CPA."

2. (SBU) Minister of Presidential Affairs Luka Biong Deng passed
visiting polchief a copy of the decree January 2, explaining that
the intent of the appointment is to show the commitment of the SPLM
to the people of Abyei. Deng said the SPLM would not "abandon" the
people of Abyei without any support or means of administration
during the continuing standoff with the National Congress Party
(NCP) over the border.

3. (SBU) Deng explained the appointment in the context of on-going
clashes along the Abyei border. He said the Misseriya Popular
Defense Force (PDF) militias, supported by the Sudanese Armed Forces
(SAF), had initiated the attacks in an attempt to complicate and
delay resolution of the Abyei dispute. In a separate meeting
January 3, SPLA Minister of Defense Dominic Dim Deng claimed that
the Misseriya PDF had been armed and were being "pushed forward" by
the SAF to attack SPLA units. He said it is clear that the SAF is
arming the Misseriya because they are using gun-mounted vehicles,
artillery, mortars, and rocket-fired grenades.

4. (SBU) Comment: With the appointment of Lino, who is from Abyei,
the SPLM hopes to gain further support from the people of this
exploited but administratively neglected region. However the SPLM
will need to invest money and provide services, not just announce a
party representative, if their intent is truly to bring
"administration" to Abyei. The true objective of the decree is more
likely for the SPLM to thumb its nose at Khartoum and demonstrate
publicly that the SPLM will not abandon Abyei despite the NCP's
continued stall tactics. No doubt the SPLM also wants to put
pressure on Khartoum to accept the Abyei Boundary Commission report
so that the "interim administration" called for the in Comprehensive
Peace Agreement may be put in place.

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