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December 19, 2013 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is ready for dialogue with his former deputy, Riek Machar whom he accused of masterminding Sunday’s coup attempt in the capital, Juba.

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir addresses a news conference at the presidential palace in Juba December 16, 2013 (Reuters/Hakim George)

“We are open for dialogue with anyone who is willing,” Kiir told reporters in Juba, adding, raising hope for peaceful resolution to the volatile situation.

The president, on Monday, blamed the skirmishes on forces allegedly loyal Machar, which the latter denied in an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune.

“There was no coup. What took place in Juba was a misunderstanding between presidential guards within their division. It was not a coup attempt. I have no connection with or knowledge of any coup attempt”, said Machar.

He claimed that no official from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) had any connection with the alleged coup.

The United Nations Secretary General, in a phone interview with Kiir, expressed deep concerns about the current situation in South Sudan

“I spoke to President Salva Kiir yesterday morning, urging him to do everything possible he can to end the violence and to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law”, Ban Ki Moon said in a statement.

“Am impressed on him the need to resume dialogue with the political opposition”, he added, in reference to reports that Kiir was willing to talk with his opponents.

Hilde Johnson, the special representative of the Secretary General also called for urgent political dialogue in the country.

“This is a political crisis, and urgently needs to be dealt with through political dialogue. There is a risk of this violence spreading to other states, and we have already seen some signs of this,” she said.

It is essential to protect the human rights of all those who are detained, Johnson stressed in a statement.

The UN Mission in South Sudan said it has received reports of many people being killed and injured, with nearly 20,000 people reportedly displaced.

"We are in the process of verifying the reports", the UN said, raising possible fears of more displaced people in its Jonglei state.

CONFLICT POLITICAL NOT ETHNIC

President Kiir said that the infighting between members of the army is a political power struggle, strongly denying that it is an ethnic conflict.

“It is not true that what happened is a conflict between tribes. This is a politically power struggle and it should be taken in this context. Why it should be a problem between Dinka and Nuer when there are more than 60 tribes in South Sudan”, Kiir told reporters at Wednesday’s news conference.

Dressed in civilian dress, in contrast to military fatigues he donned on Monday, Kiir said that the army was hunting for those whom he claims had attempted to depose him and his administration.

Eleven senior members of the ruling party have been detained, while some others alleged to be involved in conspiring against him, including his former deputy Riek Machar, remain at large. But Kiir said he was open to dialogue.

"There is no problem. I will sit down with him so that we talk. As to the outcome of the talks, I will not be able to tell you", Kiir told journalists.

James Kok Ruei, a former minister of humanitarian Affairs and disaster Management, himself a member of the Nuer tribe, echoed Kiir’s claimed that the administration was not targeting individuals based on ethnic backgrounds.

"What happened in Juba is not a tribal conflict. It was an attempt by individuals to forcefully remove the democratically elected government in 2010. If there is a need for change, the people will come again and ask you to vote for people you would like to be your leaders without having to use force and violence", Ruei said on Thursday.

President Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune Tuesday that what happened was "a coup attempt", asserting that the group had tried to move close to the headquarters of the national television and the military barracks as well as making a push towards presidential palace.

"It was an attempted coup. They tried going to the national radio and television but this move was resisted. What can you say it was if it was not a coup attempt", Ateny asked.

He downplayed fears that the current unrest could lead to the full blown out civil war, asserting that no-one was "targeting ethnic groups", although they may have killed in the “cross fire”.

Diplomatic missions to Juba have issued statements cautioning the movement of their citizens some of which have already pulling out some of its non-essential staff out of capital Juba due to the "current instability". The United States has suspended embassy operations and on Wednesday flew out 120 staff, including 28 foreign diplomats on two aircraft.

South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin said security situation in and outside Juba was quickly getting under control that it was no need for foreign offices in the country to move out their representatives while security is getting back to normal.

Meanwhile Information Minister Micheal Makuei Lueth confirmed for the first time since the eruption of violence on Sunday that at least 500 people, mostly soldiers, had been killed "in and" around Juba.

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  • 19 December 2013 06:43, by omoni jr.

    HAHAHAH
    HAHAHAHA
    HAHAHAH
    DOG Salva kiir why you surrendered mr.idiot. fuck you.

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    • 19 December 2013 06:44, by omoni jr.

      mr.incomptent president felt the pressure and insults from international communities.

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      • 19 December 2013 06:56, by Wicdail

        Shut your fucken ass up Foolish president. Who will accept that stupidity of yours after you when you Kills more then 10,000 Nuers civilians in cool blood? You are not a president in our eyes any more. Go to hell.

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        • 19 December 2013 07:35, by mathem jech amer

          Kiir is not a president in the eyes of one tribe only (NUER) but a president in the eyes of more than 70 tribes in South Sudan who elected him, self claimed president mr Riek by Ngundeeng will never rule South Sudan unless other Nuer who has no Ngundeeng idealogy, Riek has spoiled Nuer name and foolish Nuers are following him. Has the term of Kiir finished? Was there any election this year?

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          • 19 December 2013 09:06, by Nyesi Ta

            S S is a Rep. of thugs from both the Dinka & Nuer tribes. The other tribes have no say in the affairs of the country and are always insulted that we liberated you. Over the last 8 yrs, these so called major tribes abused, insulted, & even taught other tribes tribalism. I assure u the day other tribes start practicing tribalism, there will be no safe place for anybody except ones own village.

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        • 19 December 2013 16:33, by Ahmed Chol

          Kiir and his advisors are really stupid. Dissolving the PB and NLC that have been in place since SPLA was in the bush was his biggest mistake. Didn’t he see that it would lead the country to this direction. That is where the talk would have taken place, a talk that would have heal the country from corruption, tribalism and thuggery of Gokrial.

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          • 19 December 2013 16:41, by Ahmed Chol

            Now Kiir wants to talk with who? He put half of the PB members in jail? Is he going to talk with his mother? I have never seen people who never consider the side effects of their actions. I have never seen people who don’t consider the reaction from people they are working against, and then re-think the consequences of their actions except Gokrial.

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      • 19 December 2013 07:32, by Naath

        Tribalist the war still on in juba,but i survive with bullet wound and it will be ok, still holding my gun toword juba,we are together with some dinka Bor and alfred Lado is army.No Dialogue,hopeless kiir is Barking outside juba,Kiir targetting Nuer tribe in juba is ok things will be ugly very soon againist Dinka Barhergazel.Long live freedom,long live Democracy in South sudan

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        • 19 December 2013 10:04, by Malakal county Simon

          Naath:
          Sorry brother for the sad news, and wish you quick recovery soon.... In regard to unwanted president seeking for dialogue after spills of innocent blood-in-cold blood, is a joke and it should be treated as a rubbish.... There is no a dialogue negotiation after massacre without paying a price for it....our position is no dialogue, until the unwanted president is fully ousted from the power.

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          • 19 December 2013 11:22, by Naath

            Malakal county Simon.thank you man,but i’m still alive and some km away to juba and it is matter of time to capture juba,we heard unity state and Jungle state are under our control and tonight upper Nile and Fangak will be over.Gatdet will joint us very soon few km away,i think by sunday juba will be over and live will be rescue.Thank you

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            • 19 December 2013 13:25, by Malakal county Simon

              Good to hear that’s bro, god be with you.... We are here in malakal and this coward called Ngok Dinka are already panic, and scared to death.... But luckily, we haven’t yet decided their fate because gen. Gony Biliew stil communicate with gen Gatdet, on how this operation should be taken....

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        • 19 December 2013 10:05, by Dumodit

          Naath you are mad
          the cause was with Mr. Riak who mobilized all ex-ministries for cuop against current government. Even you knew very well Bahr El Ghazal former leaders have joined Riak
          Fortunately you are wounded,what of 500 dead? my uncle was killed in this fighting but I shouldn’t held Nuer community responsible, only gluttony rebel team crying for self-interest.

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          • 19 December 2013 11:35, by Naath

            mudit,i’m not mad but i feel sad about the lose of women,children,unarm men.we don’t know that kiir will come up with that stupid idea of killing civilian.i’m not worry about my family live at the moment because if i want a revenge against any dinka could already done,so time will come very soon to kills those who kill them,this is not ajoke my friend,don’t laugh at me ok,you will cry in some days

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      • 19 December 2013 08:57, by Bentiu son

        Incompetent Salva Kiir, What a joke/childish? Haha! peace talk after brutally murdered about 4000 innocent Nuer civilians by your Guelweng militias hail fr your clan Awan Chan Nyal,ridicules indeed!Right? Oh! even God won’t accept that leave alone Dr Machar.You are now longer our Leader within The RSS.If u want peace just step down peacefully.

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        • 19 December 2013 10:04, by BM-21

          Bentiu son
          you call President KIIR incompetent again like ur bro. late Mi Diit? Mi Diit was calling kiir incompetent ,he got it now he dead like bird in Juba,so soon you will follow him.

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          • 19 December 2013 15:34, by Bentiu son

            Foolish Dinka minority,who told you that you had murdered in cold blood our dear friend Mi diit.Cowards Mr Mi diit is alive n well.Midiit is brave man I have never seen.

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          • 19 December 2013 20:15, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            Midiit is alive brother, What you see happening in our nation is one of the last Ngundeng prophesies.all this confusions is work of God in men.

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    • 19 December 2013 06:48, by omoni jr.

      There should be no more negotaiation with is lazy and weak president,he need to tell the people of south sudan why he started tribal conflict and now he called for negotiation?? He thought that Reik machar will be easy to be caught like grasshopper in the desert?

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      • 19 December 2013 06:56, by wacjak

        @Omni, stupid and crazy people like you who might be thousands of miles away from S.S wish this country to collapse. God will never accept that. In any case, if Kiir is weak, why is Machar and his guys hiding. At least, Gadet is a man and has shown that. What of Riek and you? Mr. Kiir, have peace in your heart rather than allowing this country to go back to square one after years of conflict.

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        • 19 December 2013 07:10, by omoni jr.

          Wacjak.
          shut the fuck up mr. monkey.
          ask your stupid chief called kiir,why he lied to the world that there was attempted coup? ok, If there was attempted coup,does it justified your ugly president to killed anybody suspected to be from Nuer tribe? This is stupid ideology ever made by blind and self-imposed president.

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    • 19 December 2013 09:24, by Mading Makuac

      Which dialogue after both of you cause this senseless death to civilians in the name of power greediness.I wonder as
      why International Criminal Court is not taking both
      of you.

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    • 19 December 2013 11:06, by Paul

      I believe Kiir has successful defeated Riek’s faction by calling for peaceful dialoque. Image the level of credibility left for Riek after all these mayhems. Little or None! Riek will either tuck his tail and swallow the vomits or go for a suicidal war...His end???

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  • 19 December 2013 06:57, by Tata

    more than 400 people in Juba confirmed dead, said SPLA spokesperson yesterday. How many died in Bor? God knows. Whereas UN and other international bodies are mounting pressure that PEACE be restored in S. Sudan, somebody somewhere hiding in the West encourage chaos Why? How can we lost 450 lives for no reason and 2015 is around the corner? Think about it

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  • 19 December 2013 06:57, by dude

    NO dialogue. Salva Kiir has started this war. He killed innocent Nuer civilians in Juba in thousands. He will pay for this. Salva Kiir started the war by trying to kill Dr. Riek Machar and then he turned around and told the international community that it was a coup. What and idiot and stupid president. He was singing in Dinka language in the meeting while he supposed to be a national leader.

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    • 19 December 2013 08:43, by Konkooc

      If nuer choose that the war is tribal war between Dinka and nuer let it be, all both tribe will get the consequence of it. riek need not to cliam presidency by force let him wait for 2015

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      • 19 December 2013 10:17, by Naath

        Konkooc,my question is why dinka loyal to primitive kiir kill innocent people from Nuer community?Do you know what is tribal war is.this war is between kiir Dr machar not between civilian Dinka and Naath,but why killing innocent naath,now become full scal war Between Nuer and some Barherlgazelian,

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        • 19 December 2013 17:59, by Tiger

          Brother Naath.
          I don’t believe that all Dinka are please with the violence that was carryout by that dumb ass president.he’s fuck up now for killing innocent Nuer civilians,we will not live in one country.

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    • 19 December 2013 13:36, by Malakal county Simon

      dude:
      You are right brother. What justify that Kiir is truely a leader for peace, when he created this sense-less war by killings innocents Nuers in cold-blood!!!! Begging for peace this time will not work, until Kiir ousted from the power and jail for committing crimes against innocent Nuers....

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  • 19 December 2013 07:04, by Ram Mi Raan

    No room for dialogue mr. dictator, your asshole will be penetrated with bullet very soon, those u butchered in juba will die uncounted for, e must sure your thieves and group will be given a fucken lesson my mighty nuer.U are stupid, drunkard and illiterate dinka cattle keeper.

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    • 19 December 2013 07:11, by Rami Tot

      Ok we have conditions
      1-resign from the presidency.
      2-apologize to all Nuers.
      3-arrest and present those criminals to court.
      release all political detainees who have no link with coup.
      demobilizes primitive titweng battalion b/c it is tribal.
      after that we negotiate.
      Kiir is primitive that is why he still not knowing function of state and those he was responsible for.

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  • 19 December 2013 07:14, by 4Justice

    There has never been a government in South Sudan to begin with. We only have a bunch of demon possessed looters in a feeding frenzy over oil money. Now all of a sudden one group of hynas got cut off the feeding frenzy, a dangerous move by the other hynas, in looting geopolitics, you just don’t do that kind of thing, this can only end in a bloodbath (Watch the ANimal Planet channel to understand what i mean). In the end of the day, its the innocent civilians, especially women and children who are sacrificed in this looting tribal war.

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  • 19 December 2013 07:34, by Paac

    Kiir said he will be a president until he die in the office,what a greedy person.

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    • 19 December 2013 08:52, by jijury

      Incompetent Salva was offered dialogue several times, but he failed to listen to his party members and resorted to violence in which 4000 innocent Nuer civilians were slaughtered. That’s being said Salva will soon taste what he cooked!

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  • 19 December 2013 10:03, by Dengdittueny

    How many Dinkas were slaughtered by Riek during his rebellion and when he was appointed as Vice President, Dinka did not reject him. U should be shame Nuer people that we forgive you in 1991. Kiir should not step down and if you become rebel of that, go. You are known of rebellion in South Sudan and Dinka will never surrender to you because you rebel. You are tribe with ideology from ngundeng.

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  • 19 December 2013 10:06, by hamil

    I am not judging GOD but the biggest mistake in creation is a DINKA everywhere they go in the world they are hated and complained about. Why can’t the DINKAS behave the world has moved miles in civilization the DINKAS must find a solution for being the most hated people in the world and i mean they must stop their good for nothing pride, stupidity arrrogance, backwardness and foolishness

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    • 19 December 2013 10:12, by Malakal county Simon

      Dengdittueny
      How can Dinka as tribe reject Dr Machar appointment as VP, when he was elected by the SPLM party??? Or you mean said the SPLM party, belong to Dinka tribe alone?

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      • 19 December 2013 10:18, by Malakal county Simon

        To unwanted president; The innocents people’s you have kills which mostly are Nuers, should not go unpunished this time... No surrender and dialogue either, until you been ousted from the power....

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  • 19 December 2013 13:16, by kimo

    what a stupidity!! you accuse dr riek machar of plotting a coup against you ,and let your soldiers massacred hundreds of nuer in juba and you still want to talk??what salvakirr did in the past three days was a real genocide ,he let his soldiers going house to house hunting nuer people,this man at least should stand before ICC for his crimes

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  • 19 December 2013 14:39, by sweettea

    Mr killer please, don’t even think about dialogue right now , those innocent people that you murdered in cold blood will not go unpunished. Just think about where you going to hide soon cuz the nuer worriers are mobilizing themselves and they heading to juba and after juba we will March toward bar al ghzal. The nuer’s prophet words are coming true now. Nuer will teach you dinkas a lesson soon.

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    • 19 December 2013 17:30, by Mohammed Ali 2

      They should put both of theives to talk now by force. They are fighting for more money to steal.Let them talk now to stop this madness.After that stuff them with millions and burry both of them with billions and let them go to hell.In 48 hrs if this is not stopped it is going to be "unstoppable".Innocent pple are killed en mass at least 5 states indiscrminately!

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      • 19 December 2013 17:49, by Mohammed Ali 2

        Most of you posting here living outside SS. In peace and in the name of the poor,innocent and marginalized pple of SS.Nobody of you mentioned a word about PEACE, asif it is nonexisting in your dictionary.The easiest word you utter is KILL, are you crazy, no brains?!Salva is not going to die, Machar is not going to die.Mostly children and women are killed now.Does that make you happy, whether...con

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        • 19 December 2013 17:56, by Mohammed Ali 2

          CON: whether it is a dinka child or a neuer child or the devil child...he is a child ! How could that make you happy, how do you go to bed with idea.Please talk peace and stop this ugly word " KILL" For god sake it is not something nice or good to be proud of.It is going to be a nightmare if it is not stopped NOW.

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  • 19 December 2013 19:47, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Some fact: Dinka tribe men being jailed are: Madut Biar-Dinka Malual, Deng Deng Nhial-Rek Dinka, Chol Tong-Agar-die-torture, Deng Alor-Ngok Dinka, Pagan & Oyai-Shilluk, Gier-Padang, Majak-Twi Dinka, Alfred-Bari/Mundari, Ezekiel-Nuer, etc.

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