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Sudan’s Machar dismisses allegations of war against Ugandan rebels

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By James Gatdet Dak

September 11, 2008 (JUBA) – The Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), Riek Machar Teny, who is also the Chief Mediator of the Uganda peace talks, dismissed international media allegations that a joint UN and DR Congo forces had undertaken military operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

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Machar told the press at Juba International Airport as he was arriving from Khartoum on Wednesday, where he co-chaired NCP-SPLM joint meetings on peace implementation, that the international media reports were not true.

He said the allegations were orchestrated by peace spoilers to cause panic in the LRA camp.

He assured that he would discuss the matter with the UN Special Envoy to LRA affected areas, Joachim Chissano and the Congolese government to correct the allegations.

Machar further explained that his last week’s scheduled meeting with the LRA chairman, Joseph Kony could not take place because of heavy rains that prevented his helicopter to fly to the jungles of Sudan-DR Congo border.

The meeting which was to include UN Special Envoy with his team, Uganda government’s senior officials and the LRA chief negotiators was believed to would have led to the signing of the ever ready final peace agreement between the two parties.

Machar said his mediation team was working to reschedule the meeting soon.

Kony failed the mediators in two attempts in April and May this year after trying to persuade him to come out and sign the peace agreement, citing the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments and arrest warrants hanging over his head as an obstacle to peace in northern Uganda.

The rebel leader is allegedly responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity that include killings, maiming, abducting and raping of his movement’s victims, some of them young children.

Kony demanded for clarification of the protocol on accountability and reconciliation signed by his peace delegation before he could ink the Final Peace Agreement. It is not clear whether or not the demand has been resolved.

Machar acknowledged that the biggest fear of Kony is the ICC arrest warrants which caused the delay to sign the agreement.

He however explained that the stakeholders in the peace process would, after the signing of the Final Peace Agreement by Kony, request the UN Security Council to suspend the ICC case at least for twelve months to give time for implementation of accountability and reconciliation protocol inside Uganda.

The protocol stipulates that the rebel leader would be tried in a Special Division of the High Court, which would be supplemented by tribal traditional justice mechanisms of Acholi, etc. inside Uganda.

Machar re-iterated the Government of Southern Sudan’s commitment on security and trade interests to help peacefully end the notorious 21 years of war in northern Uganda, which he said would promote stability, trade and development in both northern Uganda and Southern Sudan.

The 21-year brutal conflict in Northern Uganda is blamed for the displacement of nearly 2 million people and the death of tens of thousands more in the region.

The LRA peace negotiators say they are fighting against marginalization in the North and North-eastern part of the country.

Analysts describe the Juba peace process as the best chance to end the LRA war that has crossed international borders and proven to pose a security threat regionally.

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  • 12 September 2008 05:41, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Riek you will never persuade anyone to beleive you,don’t intend to tell the people of Southern Sudan to trust your words,i knew you since 1990s with all your character and your still with those beliefs oppoiste to your heart,how can you dismiss your trip to meet konyi just because of simple weather.So is this what we can beleive that you’re in effort of bringing peace in Northern Ug and SS.Its good to be frankly that the expense for the trip to meet with konyi was not enough to satisfy your entire demand.I suggest that this peace of LRA under the mediation of Riek has become a business between him and his friend just to waste with money that could be used to help with those who are dying in Southern Sudan,Even why should you denied the mobilisation of UN and DRC troops to chase with your friend?.Some people are taking Southern Sudan into their own hands for their own business and benefits,but this is not how we had been in the bush for,it’s not that some are unabel its just because a single chair can not be used by two people and this is how we have given you the chance to be on that chair but right now i can see that things are going into personal interest.Feeding on my back is a big sickness.

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    • 12 September 2008 07:15, by Nilenda

      Mr. Logic, you are right upto this point. if you remember how players kick the ball, this is it. LRM/A is finish on the tree top and it is going to take Northern Ugandians another 30years from the Africans Bull "museveni." I believe Kony is not stupid to be fool like Jesus to be slaughter compare to chicken. He has to struggle, because struggle takes lives and time to earn. If I were Kony, I should stay untill UN clean it feets from political campaign; instead, continue feeding HIV for Genecidal purposes. I’m not creating this at all; I’m living western world life here with them.

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    • 12 September 2008 18:20, by Gatdelha

      I am very disappointed by the way you degrade our leaders, whom I believe may be older than you socially, as you always called yourself a boy, Dr. Riek could be your father’s generation!

      Sometime we need to constructively criticise our leaders, but what you do is abusing them. I try very hard to understand your points but most of the time it doesn’t make any sense at all,
      sometimes, you talk as if you are jealous of our leaders, because I never ever read any comment from you in which you appreciate a single achievement by our leaders!

      Is it logic that no one from those leaders ever achieves or do something that can capture your admiration at all!

      it is good to criticise but reasonably or postively. Otherwise it becomes an abuse!

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    • 12 September 2008 18:21, by Gatdelha

      Logic boy!!

      am very disappointed by the way you degrade our leaders, whom I believe may be older than you socially, as you always called yourself a boy, Dr. Riek could be your father’s generation!

      Sometime we need to constructively criticise our leaders, but what you do is abusing them. I try very hard to understand your points but most of the time it doesn’t make any sense at all, sometimes, you talk as if you are jealous of our leaders, because I never ever read any comment from you in which you appreciate a single achievement by our leaders!

      Is it logic that no one from those leaders ever achieves or do something that can capture your admiration at all!

      it is good to criticise but reasonably or postively. Otherwise it becomes an abuse!

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    • 13 September 2008 13:49, by pacolo dukol

      Mr.Logic Boy
      I’m really trying to figure out what your intentions are, but after reading almost all articles that you have put out here, i can only see one themes that you always seems to promote that is hate against all our leaders. Dr.Riek Macahar deserve more respect than you will ever get. Right now there is peace in the region even in Northern Uganda because of Dr.Macahar commitment to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Now for a person like you to come with allegation that mediation has become business just shows how little you know about international Organizations. it is not that GOSS is the one paying for all expenses that has to do with the peace process. if there is an Organization that should be blame for Corruption,i beg you look somewhere else. i don’t think Southern Sudan will have peace for along time while their brothers elsewhere are suffering. just like when things where not that good in 1950s, 1960s &1970 when many Southern Sudanese seek refuge in Northern Uganda, Western Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic, (Zaire)=DRC because they share the same traditions and even speaks almost if not same language, even many Northern Ugandans where part of AnyanyaI&II but has anyone every asked why they joined that struggle and will anyone every acknowledge their contribution, very much the same thing happened i 1930s when Italy invaded Ethiopia, People from as far as Northern Uganda and their brothers from South Sudan fought alongside Emperor Salasie, why because they believed if you helped you brother he might help you when you are in need. so to make a long story short. It is the UN that pays for all expenses that any country put out for refugees and to solve conflicts.

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  • 12 September 2008 07:39, by newpolitiks

    Good work vice president keep up the brilliant job and you and your administration should watch out for this peace spoilers, let them keep barking while the nation owners keep walking, but keep eyes on them too they might try sabotage.

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  • 12 September 2008 11:21, by lakuc lakuc

    machar I don’t blame you sometime. am blaming the southerners including me. how comes that we don’t really see your false? are you the only one who knows how to mediate? please Macher enough is enough for both the fools and the wise. the the UN and the DR Congo should do their parts but not to support the LRA with the less money you are getting by means of selling our blood. and to ALL the southerners we should not support somebody because he or she is my relative,my clan mate, or my tribe mates. if we continue doing that our southern Sudan will never, never develop more so to remind you southerners you can hate what am doing or what i have done bad but not that you are hating me general.

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    • 12 September 2008 20:03, by alfredgatot

      There is a deliberate attempt by many of the commentators here to spoil the name of others,Mr.Boy is one of them.
      But what is the benefit of trying to defame respectful leaders such as Riek,apart from the imbecile mind set of ’born to rule idiocy’ that’s going to take a while to be forgotten into the illusion world.

      Actually,many guys views are just day dreaming or God forbid symptoms of mental imbalance,for not recognizing the changing political land scape in South Sudan.
      In the survival equation of the people of South Sudan,are Nuer tribes [all it’s members inclusive]and I bet,nothing tangible can ever be achieve without it’s labor.

      My advise to Logic and others,is to keep distant from things they have no knowledge of,Nuer a people I belong,and other millions of souls is a moral base society and thus do not encourage members to get involve in cowardly confrontations,especially here on the net,if there is real need to address something,then it’s done through practical applications,not just parroting,though I’m really proud of my background.

      As for the peace in Northern Uganda,it’s in the public interest that it is resolve peacefully,any spoilers of the initiative are the real enemy of the people,hope the claims that LRA are engaged by the Congolese and the UN peace keepers forces is just a pure lie
      and if it is the case,then they need to stop attacking,a peaceful resolution was attainable just a few day a go if it wasn’t because of some solvable problems that were experienced.
      Let peace be given a chance,use of force should wait and can only be apply if all peaceful efforts failled.

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  • 12 September 2008 22:47, by deng ngang

    Maburukalek ya beny Machar Teny. I wish you carry the initiative also to Darfur and protect your fellow citizens. It will be bad to hear that you people are not doing your part as our dear SLM and JEM are suffering for their beloved right.

    I know many will question me now.

    SUDAN VISSION OYEEEI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 13 September 2008 01:20, by Chameleon Chameleon

      Mr. Logic,

      You will end up being a failure politician in Southern Sudan if you don’t change the way you criticize people. I mean you’re an ordinary citizen of Southern Sudan which means that you have an equal right to speak out but not sarcastically. You are always outspoken in this Website. In fact, most people quit this website because of you. So please don’t spoil the dignity of Equatorians because some people might insult them because of your illogicall and irrational comment that you always posted. So if you are in Dr. Riak postion what would you do about weather? To be honest with you,no body is perfect except God. So please leave Dr. Riak alone and mind your business over there.

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  • 13 September 2008 14:33, by lakuc lakuc

    Dear
    All the contributors!
    I have passed over or read all your nonsense about the comment of Mr Logic Boy.to be honest I want to assure you the contributors that "FACTS IS EVER BITTER"
    And you should all know that your joining this website is not segregates but to correct your brother or sister who did something bad.And i have realized that non of you will correct anybody and non of you will bear a good fruits I have not judged anybody but I just said it.
    SOUTHERNERS UNDERSTAND THIS WORDS. "HATES WHAT AM DOING BAD BUT NOT ME GENERALLY" TO Mr logic boy I thanked you for your facts which is bitter to others. But I also request you not to abuse people instead advise them because your mistake is their correction.if u want to know more about bearing good fruits contact lakuc through lotarasanta@yahoo.co.uk

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  • 14 September 2008 10:39, by Controller

    Great job Mr.Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan.We need peace with our neighbor countries especially Uganda and Kenya.This is the kind of leadership we need to follow as example, in future.

    My friends when there is a war, there is no good news.Then, when there is a peace, it is alway been a good news.
    I believe the really heroes who were fought hard for the freedom of Southerners,will support the Vice President ’s comment for whatever reasons, which you do not event want to know.
    Thank you all.

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    • 14 September 2008 18:00, by Jakok Loakloak

      Gatdila and all,

      People like Logic boy should be considered the entertainers of time. They are here to remind us of our childhood phase of life when as kids, we call big people names for purpose of learning. If Logic is truly a mature person, he would have at least once, try fill the shoes of our leaders at the comfort of his keyboard just to have a feel for the daily decisions they make. The only people you should listen to are the Riek phobic-driven individuals as Steve Paterno and the likes who skillfully use their good education to misguide and misinform the public of our vice presidents’ achievements for purposes of grudge and disenfrenchisement. Bravo vice president Riek for a job well done. And please, give Logic his deserved respect "for the boy is cry out loud in need of attention.."

      Jakok

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