By: Mohammed Osman
Khartoum, Sudan (Sudanow)- Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir is currently in Juba, capital of South Sudan, for a state one-day visit at the head of a high-level delegation for a summit meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit to discuss issues of common concern, including the thorny question of Abyei region.
The official talks started with a close door summit between the two heads of state, according to the official Sudan news agency, immediately upon the arrival of president Bashir to Juba, early morning Tuesday.
The accompanying ministers have meanwhile held talks with their southern counterparts on progress of implementation of the joint cooperation agreements earlier reached by the two countries.
The meeting are underway as leaders of the Dinka Ngok tribe of Abyei region began, early this week, a process of registration for voting in a referendum they decided to conduct unilaterally on the future status of the region whether to be annexed to South Sudan or remain part of South Kordufan of northern Sudan.
The group launched the process notwithstanding an appeal by the African Peace and Security Council in which it said all parties should refrain from any unilateral move that could undermine an already fragile situation there.
Al Ayam daily newspaper, reporting from Abyei, quoted Mohamed Omar al-Ansary, a leading figure of the northern Missairiyah tribe of the region, as saying a group of Dinka Ngok youths, supported by Luka Biong, a former federal Minister in the government of South Sudan, and other leading figures of the ruling South Sudanese Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) began registration for the plebiscite on October 28, equally ignoring the governments of Juba and Khartoum.
The Dinka Ngok unilaterally decided to conduct the referendum to embarrass South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit and foil a state visit to Juba by President Omar Al -Bashir on Tuesday, Ansary said.
He added that his tribe would postpone their reaction to this move till after Bashir 's visit.
Ansary called upon Kiir to check what he called a “provocative and irresponsible action” by the Dinka Ngok.
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