Abyei: Dinka Ngok Chief Kuol Alor: 'Dinka Ngok are Sudanese and should be treated equally'
Responding to President al-Bashir’s statement that he will provide services to the Messiriya tribe in a speech he made on Wednesday night in which he acknowledged the decision of the court, Chief Kuol Alor said that the Dinka Ngok are also Sudanese and should be treated equally.
From Sudan Radio Service, Friday, 24 July 2009:
Dinka Ng’ok Condemns NCP Reaction to Court Decision
(Khartoum) – The head of the NCP delegation to The Hague, Mohammed Ahmed al-Dir-Diri, described the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration as a victory for the National Congress Party. On Wednesday the court had ruled that boundaries in the oil-rich area around Abyei should be redrawn.Click on Abyei label here below for related reports and updates.
Speaking to Sudan Radio Service from Khartoum on Friday on his return from The Hague, one of the Dinka Ngok chiefs, Chief Kuol Alor, said that NCP is happy because the oil-fields are now considered part of north Sudan.
[Kuol Alor]: “They consider it a victory because they feel that most of the oil-fields east of the area which is now out of our area are in their hands. And they will not share with the SPLM and the Dinka Ngok. It has gone to the north and they can do whatever they want. As the president said yesterday, he will use the oil revenue to provide services for the Messiriya. If we start talking this kind of language we will end up arriving at a dead end.”
Responding to President al-Bashir’s statement that he will provide services to the Messiriya tribe in a speech he made on Wednesday night in which he acknowledged the decision of the court, Chief Alor said that even the Dinka Ngok are Sudanese and should be treated equally.
[Kuol Alor]: “We will know whether there will be secession in Sudan after a few months. Here the president himself forgot that he is the president of the whole of Sudan, he is supposed to know that these are his people. And we know it is not strange for him to say so, because the Abyei conflict began twenty years ago. He never visited the Abyei area. You can’t rule for twenty years and not even visit the Abyei area once. Now they are celebrating over the petroleum which has been given to them.”
Kuol Alor, a Dinka Ngok Chief, was speaking to Sudan Radio Service from Khartoum on Friday.