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Ethiopia says will mediate South Sudan crisis

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 24, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian government on Tuesday said it was ready to provide diplomatic efforts seeking a peaceful solution to the ongoing political crisis in neighbouring South Sudan.

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Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom speaks during a joint news conference with Algeria’s Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci in Algiers June 30, 2013 (REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina)

A spate of violence, which started in the South Sudan capital, Juba last week, and later expanding to other parts of the country left over 500 dead with nearly 60,000 displaced.

The incident, president Salva Kiir said, was instigated by his former vice-president, Riek Machar, but the latter said it was a move initiated to crack down on those opposed to the ruling party leader.

Ethiopia’s foreign minister Tedros Adhanom said Addis Ababa, as current chair of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), seeks to foster dialogue between the two conflicting parties.

An IGAD delegation to Juba, led by Tedros, also held talks with president Kiir, who expressed willingness for talks with his opponents.

Machar has, on the other hand, demanded the senior officials detained in connection with the unrest be release without any precondition, before any dialogue could take place with Kiir.

“Unless the two sides soon engage in a political dialogue and end their political differences, the current situation could spark a civil war in the world’s youngest nation causing huge loss on human lives and on the country’s fragile economy,” said Tedros.

He further called on other East African nations to seek ways of restoring regional peace and stability in the two-year old nation.

Also underway, Tedros said, was a joint plan to evacuate Ethiopians and other East African national trapped in the country’s violence.

Last week, sporadic gunfire rocked Juba and later expanded to other parts of the country, as rebels claimed capture of its oil-rich Unity and Jonglei states. But the army, on Tuesday, said it manage to retake the rebel-held Jonglei capital, Bor.

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted for an increase of its peacekeepers in South Sudan from 7,000 to 12,500 troops, including 1,323 police in order to protect civilians in the country.

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  • 25 December 2013 10:09, by Tutbol

    This cycle of creating and then ran to Ethiopia for negotiation bullsh*ts has becomes a nuisance. No negotiation with Riek Machar. Those who are clamoring for another possible Riek Machar returns as a politician in South Sudan are unknowingly abusing S Sudanese intelligent. Riek Machar belongs in gallows. Let his US, Europeans & arabs supporters take him to go & rule them. S Sudanese will not...

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    • 25 December 2013 10:19, by Tutbol

      in a bit miss Riek Machar. His US, Europeans and their cabal arab supporters have badly meddled with innocent S Sudanese lives and they will not again be forgiven this time by South Sudanese. The US, the UK & France can closed up their damn embassies & move else where. Their dirty games of creating wars against communities stink to high heavens.

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      • 25 December 2013 13:19, by Darkangel

        !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
        !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
        !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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    • 25 December 2013 10:30, by Lasu lo Denis

      I wish we should come to our sense and start preaching peace. pointing out who is right or wrong in this situation will not help us much. see the innocent lives who died as a result of mess in the SPLM party. A party full of hungry tribal warlords pretending to be democrats , liberators and prophets of prosperity. I just urge them to come to negotiation table to cool down the animal cravings

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      • 25 December 2013 13:19, by Darkangel

        !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
        !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
        !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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  • 25 December 2013 10:32, by Tutbol

    The US & the first made Riek Machar killed thousands of innocent civilians in 1991 & yet again they repeat in 2013. Yani, what do these evil beings think they are? The Europeans & the US are not S Sudanese gods. That Illuminati cloned called Obama & his UN’s ambassador b*tch should shut up their damn mouths about S Sudanese to negotiate with the same criminals they supported in the first place.

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    • 25 December 2013 13:19, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
      !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
      !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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  • 25 December 2013 10:34, by Lasu lo Denis

    for more blood of their tribal allies. we need to open a school specializing in teaching people about the disadvantages of thinking and looking at the world along tribal lines. That school should teach globalization.

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    • 25 December 2013 13:20, by Darkangel

      !!!! PAGAN NEXT PRESIDENT OF SOUTH SUDAN !!!!!
      !!!! KIIR WILL GO TO ICC !!!!
      !!!! MACHAR - DEAD !!!!

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    • 26 December 2013 02:14, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      When there is lack of wisdom in leadership, tribalism, nepotism, corruption, the constitution of the country is one man affair or trampled upon, then you can see what kind of disaster can these conditions spell. PATRIOTISM is what we should bring down in our culture.

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