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December 22 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit met with one of his main political opponents, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, on Sunday but the two failed to strike a deal to defuse the ongoing security situation.

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Rebecca Nyandeng, addressing the gathering at Panyagoor, 9 July 2012 (ST)

President Kiir has stated his commitment to engage in unconditional dialogue to end the crisis but is yet to hold talks with his former deputy Riek Machar who is leading a rebellion against the government.

Machar, says Kiir wrongly accused him over conspiring with Nyandeng and others to stage a coup on 15 December following months of tension within South Sudan’s ruling party, with many disenfranchised senior member describing Kiir and increasingly dictatorial.

Since fighting erupted between members of the Presidential Guard a week ago the violence has spread from the capital, Juba, where some 500 people are believed to have been killed to other parts of the country.

There have been no official statements from the meeting but sources close to them told Sudan Tribune that it remains that Nyandeng demanded the release of political detainees. Senior members of the ruling SPLM have been arrested, accused of plotting the alleged failed coup.

Nyandeng is also believed to have called for the identification of those alleged to have targeted and attacked people on the basis of their tribe during the first few days of the conflict. She also called a comprehensive process to bring the sides together, Sudan Tribune understands.

Riek Machar, who Kiir accused of leading the coup against him is now in open rebellion coordinating with splinter groups from the South Sudanese army (SPLA), who have taken control of parts of Jonglei and Unity state.

President Kiir, sources say, refused Nyandeng’s demands at the meeting which was also attended by the governor of Central Equatoria state, Clement Wani Konga.

Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that Kiir and Nyandeng had met in a "a closed door meeting", refusing to give any further details.

In statement to journalists shortly after the meeting, Nyandeng, did not disclose what was discussed, saying it was the “beginning of dialogue” without elaborating.

The UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and other international leaders, have demanded that South Sudan’s political and military leaders immediately end all hostilities and stop targeted attacks against civilians.

“I call on President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and opposition political leaders, including former Vice President Riek Machar, to come to the table to find a political way out of this crisis," he said.

East African regional block IGAD has sent a delegation of ministers and senior officials to try and help the two sides find a negotiated solution. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has been asked by the US to lead international efforts to resolve the conlfict before it escalates further.

(ST)

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  • 23 December 2013 05:58, by Naath

    Nyandeng De-Mabor,is not a stupid like others Bor politician who are thinking stupidly about the matter.Hopeless kiir make it clearly that this war is between Greaters Upper Nile and Greaters Barhelgazel,in any way kiir will not round a table talk with Dr machar.Kiir and dictator museveni bomb Bor twon kill innocent civilian.As you know that i recover from gun shot in in sunday night fight,15 km j

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    • 23 December 2013 08:18, by Mayom County Boy

      we need peace only in our country south sudan !!!

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      • 23 December 2013 09:56, by Mr Point

        Kiir has been treating the country and the movement as if it was his own personal property.
        He has defected from the principles of the movement. He was supposed to provide good government, end tribalism end corruption. ..instead he sent his butchers into the streets of juba to murder civilians.
        He is the new king Herod!

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    • 23 December 2013 08:41, by Tong dut

      You creat the war,don’t cry again.You kill Nuer, and Nuer must kill Dinkas too.
      Put your hat down.

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    • 23 December 2013 20:56, by SouthSudaneseviews

      Nyandeng God understands your true mission like your late husband,Dr. John Garang de Mabior. Let liars down-plays the true you are struggle for, and people are still learning the right stuff from this problems unless fools don’t.

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  • 23 December 2013 06:07, by Chol Mading

    Bravo Mama Rebecca!
    The vision of Dr. John is with you and we are behind you 110%. Don’t even give an inch. All our heroes must be released first. Most of us aren’t happy with the way our chairman is leading us. Some of those young people we lost last Sunday will be needed tomorrow. SPLM/A belongs to all South Sudanese and should protect all equally.

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    • 23 December 2013 06:38, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Chol Mading
      there is no 110% per cent in mathematic, only 100% try to reverse your dullness. @Chol Mading, "Riak, Gadet and James Koang are not mad to attack Bhar el-Ghazal. Let them fucking Boor, they are already wife to Nuer except John Garang and Kuol Manyang don’t listen nonsene from minority (Nuer).

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      • 23 December 2013 08:02, by Chol Mading

        @ayulu,
        My good friend you need help in Math and English. I can’t understand the message that you are trying to convey. Mama Rebecca has shown leadership that is above tribal lines. From no on without any doubt she is the mother of our nation who treats all her children with care. All of you who are disrespecting her should be ashamed of yourself.

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  • 23 December 2013 06:11, by Naath

    As i’m well recover from the wound nothing will stop me getting Rid of hopeless kiir and his stupid Gogrial who have commited crime against Southerners from juba.As you know mongalla is already fall to my hand,i’m advancing toword Juba 15 km away and as you hear that troops loyal to hopeless kiir joint yesterday kiir is gone for good,rule of laws will be implemented in juba by next week.

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  • 23 December 2013 06:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nyendeng Chol Not Nyendeng de Garang is seeking money from her boyfriend Riak Machar. But Angelina, the wife of Riak Machar will kill Nyendeng, because her husband is being taken away by Nyendeng Chol. Iam going to summon Riak before the court to answer case and will be fine according to Artical 122 (c) 2008 charpter 7 adultery law and Artical 33 (h) 2008 charpter 9 criminal law of war crime accor

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  • 23 December 2013 07:27, by Chol A.

    Nyandeng I hate you and I hate you indeed, you think like you own pussy and it good enough that rebels in which you resided with are now in Bor town. I really wish you could have dead rather than your husband because you completely lay down the legacy of Garang and twic community who are appoint you to parliament. Please innocent Bor who lost their live before and now will one day call you.

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    • 23 December 2013 07:38, by dude

      who ever wishes someone death, he to will die. Nobudy is immortal in this world. I do not like salva Kiir but I do not wish him death because he is a weak president who is a tribalist. I do not like anybody that is wishing someone dath. Yaa Chol.A

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    • 23 December 2013 07:41, by jijury

      Chol, Panom and the likes at least show respect to the mother of this nation, Nyandeng De Mabior. Incompetent Kiir had abandoned the vision of SPLM whom HER husband fought for. As such, Nyandeng has a right to say enough is enough to Salva’s corrupted government. Dr. Riek will keep her husband’s legacy a live unlike Salva who only care about Gogrial or Akon!

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    • 23 December 2013 07:43, by dude

      Chol.A You hate Nyandeng but I love you. do not eat Nyandeng she is the mother of this land. She will soon remarried to Dr.Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. Dhurgon

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  • 23 December 2013 07:36, by dude

    I urge Nyandeng to get married to Dr.Machar as soon as possible. She has the right to marry who ever she wants. It is none of our business. Upper Nile Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 23 December 2013 07:45, by blesssing

    I appreciate all of u who are opposing Nyadeng and Riak decision. Listen carefully, Nyadeng no longer a wife of Garang Mabior but a wife of riak machar who have massively murdered Bor in 1991 which is today repeated in Bor. When will our leaders learn about Riak? President should not realise the arrested politicians without taking them to the court, they have to see court to prove them wrong or ri

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    • 23 December 2013 07:50, by dude

      Blessing, I want to marry you, I think you are blessed more than Nyandeng. Please come and I will give you a kiss

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    • 23 December 2013 08:44, by Gogrialboys

      You are absolutely right. Nyandeng Garang has now lost the respect of herself and that of her husband. If you guys remember the day she and Riak date in their private room where no one was watching them, after their affairs, she came out and tell the Bor community that Riak has apologized. What cause that apology and why after Garang died? Please Bor community, something fishy is going with Nyande

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  • 23 December 2013 08:38, by Gogrialboys

    Folks, the current crisis we have now has been manufactured by Nyandeng Garang. It started way back when she colluded with Riak Machar and announce to the public that Riak Machar has apologize to Bor community. This was the time Riak was embolden because the very community that he has devastated when he rebelled against Garang, is now the community that will support his presidency.

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    • 23 December 2013 09:56, by Naath

      Gogrialboys.Dr Garang was kill by Yoweri Museveni and Salva kiir that is why the mother South-Sudanese Nyandeng De-Mabor say hell no to dictator kiir and his useless uganda ally,as you hear right now Upper Nile state under control of Dr machar,after all,Mother of the Nation nyadeng Demabor will be vic president of the republic of south very soon,Death to kiir and his teammates.

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  • 23 December 2013 08:53, by Gogrialboys

    I’m sorry to say that Nyandeng Garang has now become a prostitute of politics and not a leader of any community. Guys, if Riak can date white ladies on internet, then how can it be hard for him to make Nyandeng his whatever. I’m suspicious of the apology that came out in her house from Riak instead of apologizing directly to the community that he decimated.

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  • 23 December 2013 10:53, by Majongdit

    But does Nyandeng matter after all? Who is Nyandeng and what powers does she possess? From now we need to know and call Nyandeng by the name of her true father. Nyandeng and Garang Mabor do at all fit in the same sentence. And for this dialogue, why worry they will come when they miss Juba, the hotels, the food etc. Riek will either opt to lead no war and go Out of SS or stay here and die.

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  • 23 December 2013 17:34, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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  • 23 December 2013 17:34, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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  • 23 December 2013 17:34, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No! No! No! To President of Uganda to be the head of negotiation, due to him being part of this mess. He was order last week by President to bomb South Sudanese’ civilians. He is Kiir sided man under the dictatorship making in South Sudan.

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  • 23 December 2013 18:39, by dude

    Mama Nyandeng, God will be with you and nothing will touch you in this war because you are the Mother OF Our Nation. We know that you are the truth and the way for this nation. We are behind you and Dr. Riek Machar.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:56, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Nyandeng God understands your true mission like your late husband,Dr. John Garang de Mabior. Let liars down-plays the true you are struggle for, and people are still learning the right stuff from this problems unless fools don’t.

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  • 23 December 2013 20:56, by SouthSudaneseviews

    Nyandeng God understands your true mission like your late husband,Dr. John Garang de Mabior. Let liars down-plays the true you are struggle for, and people are still learning the right stuff from this problems unless fools don’t.

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