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New map: Disputed areas included

Author : | Published: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The disputed areas between South Sudan and the Sudan have been included in a new map produced by the government.

Some of the disputed and claimed border areas between the two countries include Kafia Kingi, Jau, Kaka, Megenis and Joda.

It also includes the oil producing areas of Heglig and Abyei along with the Kiir River.  The status of Abyei was not resolved in the CPA and remains internationally disputed.

The chairperson of the Joint Border Committee, Michael Makuei Lueth, says the new map will be used until the border disputes with the Sudan are resolved.

“This map will be the official map of the government of the republic of South Sudan until all the issues to do with disputed and claimed areas are addressed,” said Mr Makuei.

“We will put it in the websites and it will be available for everybody so that nobody will be allowed to use the old one rather than this.”

He said the new map has no adjustments on the eastern, western and southern borders of South Sudan.

The changes were made only in the northern borders with Sudan.

Meanwhile, the Juba has urged Khartoum to remove Abyei from the geographical constituencies drawn by the Sudanese national election commission.

They were reacting to a Sudan Media Center report that the Sudanese national election commission is considering Abyei to be part of South Kordofan as it was in the 2010 general elections.

However, the spokesman of the South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Mawien Makol, says Abyei remains a separate entity until the two countries resolve the status of the region.

“This is very clear Abyei should not be included in program of election or any other political engagement with the Sudan because Abyei has been given separate entity to just be resolved by the two countries and any political activity that is going on in Sudan should not include Abyei,” he said.

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