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Detained SPLM leaders call for end to violence


December 23, 2013 (JUBA) – The 11 senior South Sudanese politicians, mainly ex-ministers, detained in connection with the ongoing unrest in the country have called for peaceful dialogue and national reconciliation.

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U.S. special envoy Donald Booth talks to reporters after a meeting with the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti (SUNA)

The detainees expressed their desires on Monday upon meeting Donald Booth, the US special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.

Booth, who had earlier met South Sudan president Salva Kiir, admitted that those detained were “secure and well taken care of”.

“These individuals communicated to me their desire and their readiness to play a constructive role in ending the crisis through peaceful political dialogue and national reconciliation”, the US envoy said in a statement issued Monday.

"I will be following up to see how the government may utilise this constructive position", he added.

South Sudan has witnessed the worst violence in its post-secession era, with an estimated over 500 people killed over 60,000 displaced in various parts of the country after violence broke out in the capital, Juba on 15 December.

President Kiir largely blames his former deputy Riek Machar orchestrating the clashes. But Machar claims it was a ploy by the regime to get rid of those opposed to current leadership.

But Kiir, according to Booth, has expressed willingness for talks with Machar without any preconditions so as to end the current crisis.


Meanwhile, the US special envoy welcomed the recent political engagement of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in South Sudan, encouraging it to play a key role in engaging government and opposition in to meaningful dialogue.

“The United States emphasizes the urgency of the situation and stands ready to support these efforts as necessary”, said Booth.

Last week, the US secretary of state John Kerry said his country “believes very strongly that all parties should refrain from any actions that could further escalate the tensions”.

“Political differences need to be resolved by peaceful and democratic means, and those have been hard fought for. The government should respect the rule of law, and the people of South Sudan should be able to realise their full potential in peace”, Kerry told reporters from the Philippines.


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  • 24 December 2013 07:52, by munene

    we people of ss are very much bitter to US gov,t for sopporting riek in all this mess around, u are pretenders, what you are saying is not true, why now, look what riek has done to u politically
    you supporting him while u never knew of his plan
    fuck dam, i wish kiir kills you all so that you will no who is he

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    • 24 December 2013 07:59, by Knight In Shining Armor

      Shut up munene, you even do not know how to spell “know”. Why don’t you go and take care of his cattle in his village.

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  • 24 December 2013 07:53, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Stay calm fellows, the world is watching, Kirr will follow Sadam Hussain and Gadhafi very soon. He thinks, he is smart, your are smart for south Sudanese people but not for the world.

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    • 24 December 2013 07:57, by munene

      bro. kiir is not the problem at all but riek himself does not understood democracy entirely, i was supporting riek by then bcz i thought he was going to be democracy champion but with all the wishes he turned to his short cut of 1991 in search for leadership, what a greedness my people

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      • 24 December 2013 09:07, by Wicdail

        If Kirr is not the problem, why he want to kill Dr. Rick? Why killing the innocence Nuers civilians in their hundreds in the government facilities such as police cells/stations in Juba?

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    • 24 December 2013 08:15, by munene

      yu don’t understood idot, do u really know what riek is upto, let me tell clearly pliz. riek is not against dinka alone but the whole s.sudanes. look what he is doing now, would u like to support some one who does things that way my dear

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  • 24 December 2013 07:53, by munene

    rike has now forgot all of you gyz in hall and he is there enjoying the blood of s.sudanese who are kill by his gangs

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    • 24 December 2013 17:19, by Ito

      I am from Eastern equatoria and I think we are misjudging Dr. Riek and his group. The government is not following the SPLM constitution and manifesto, what is wrong for any citizen to dream to become president through democratic way. Why is it a pain to the president? The president lack ideology to lead the people, we are south sudanese, political unity. All guards from one ethnic group,very insan

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  • 24 December 2013 08:01, by munene

    i would have support defactor riek if his vote were rig and there immediately i will support him meaning what ever possible means to make sure he take s over from kiir but like this guz i don’t think that he a gain deserve my full support

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  • 24 December 2013 08:03, by Knight In Shining Armor

    I do not care about any of these two, but I care about South Sudan if you have brain. you think everybody is like you to kiss another man’s ass? that is habit of you cow people.

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    • 24 December 2013 10:31, by Bentiu son

      BREAKING NEWS, Upper Nile State’s capital Malakal had just fallen into the hands of our gallant forces under the commander of Gen Lual Chuol. Dr Machar Oyeeeeeeeeeee, Greater Upper Nile oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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      • 24 December 2013 11:12, by mathem jech amer

        Bentiu Son
        You are lying, I am now in Malakal Teaching Hospital attending to some neighbours wounded, your guys already defeated, no more gunfire now,SPLA soldiers from Bar Eh Ghazal and Equatoria have fearlessly fought them, most of them were just running towards banks as usual.More reienforcement already arrived from Foloug, this time your Greedy Nuers will finish in Malakal, never will they win

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      • 24 December 2013 17:16, by sanduksanduk

        Just declare a new nation in Greater Upper Nile. This will free us in Equatoria of thinking about the shame of sharing this country with killers like u. Riak can never become a president of South Sudan. Equatoria NOW.

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