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December 26, 2013 (LONDON) – The former vice-president, Riek Machar, said he was ready to initiate dialogue with the South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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Former South Sudan vice-president Riek Machar speaks at a press conference on 26 July, announcing his intention to run for the presidency in 2015 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune in undisclosed location on Thursday on phone, he revealed that he had already appointed and submitted the list of his delegation for talks to the mediators.

The delegation to be led by the former secretary general, Pagan Amum Okiech, also includes the party senior leaders who are currently in prison in Juba.

Machar earlier on called for the release of the detainees in order to the dialogue to kick off, but Kiir said he was ready for unconditional talks.

The former vice-president left Juba on 15 December when violence erupted between the presidential guards, largely fitting Dinka against Nuer ethnic groups.

Kiir described the violence as an attempted coup while Machar said it was simply a misunderstanding between the guards, which Kiir later on used to get rid of his political opponents.

Senior leaders of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have been criticising president Kiir, who also chairs the party, for dictatorial tendencies that resisted internal reforms.

Thousands of people are feared dead in the over a week violence which also resulted to the government losing a number of key strategic states and capitals.

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  • 26 December 2013 09:16, by Snipper

    Hahaha my delegation for peace talks headed by someone in prison? Good luck Mr traitor!

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    • 26 December 2013 09:22, by Gat Gan Kiir

      It’s a wise decision to appoint Secretary Gen. Pagan Amum to head the team for mediation. Now it’s up to Kiir who know only how to kill and lies. I salute you for that. Kiir must release those detainees if he mean peace in our country. Otherwise things will get worse on his watch.

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      • 26 December 2013 09:35, by realperson

        Riek himself could go and negotiate,if these gangs headed by Pagan are released,who will be account for innocent peoples who lost their lives.maybe Machar is drunk.

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      • 26 December 2013 10:19, by Crude Owner

        To: Riek Machar
        Used of violence and tribalism was not a good choice to gain power in south Sudan. Now you are making your mind to call and accept the dialogue with His excellency president Salva Kiir who wanted to give you some good advice about how to become a successful leader in future but you failed. I think it is not to late but your political career ended.

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      • 26 December 2013 12:07, by Hardlinner

        riek appointment either meant lack of interest in dialogue or simply have got no intellectuals in his rank but primitive generals that lack technical skills.

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      • 26 December 2013 16:37, by what the hell

        how can you negotiate with the prisoners, how can this man rule the country, he said he is going to open a new bank account for the oil revenue to go to, dose he have independent of bentue yet or what

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      • 27 December 2013 05:52, by Mayom County Boy

        why riek is appointing mr pagan amun to lead is mediation team while he is under arrest from south sudan goverment ?
        this is not logic from mr riek machar
        let him select some body who with him like former governor of unity state bentiu.Mr Taban Deng Gai

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      • 27 December 2013 06:10, by mathem jech amer

        Ahahah Riek
        World has known your tricks now.You rejected that these so-called political prisoners know nothing about your coup and now you are appointing them to head peace talks,this is another way of letting them release than disappeared into bush after talks, let peace talk be held in Juba prison

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    • 26 December 2013 09:22, by Maguangdit

      The terrorist is still deluding. We are even looking for those criminals at large, leave alone those we already have. You are done Mr. Terrorist and no talk at all. Just enjoy your fugitiveness and we will finally get you inshalla.

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      • 26 December 2013 09:30, by australian

        "Inshalla"? "INSHALLA"? South Sudan is in the hands of Allah? Since when?!

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    • 26 December 2013 09:32, by jijury

      Incompetent Kiir has no choice either to release the detainees or more states will be capture! It’s only took one day to capture the whole state Jonglei what a weak government!

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      • 26 December 2013 09:41, by realperson

        You are lying,Joglei state is already taken gov forces,fool James koang Chuol want to surrender himself to gov forces in Bentiu.What are you talking about Nyikat?

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      • 26 December 2013 12:16, by Hardlinner

        jijury what more state are talking about?. bar el ghazal states are absolutely off limit to riek militias. attempting attack at greater power of bar el ghazel will mean one thing only, that the end of riek rebellion and above all killing of riek himself. also be reminded that the forces of kiir are now moving toward bentiu. riek have got one solution, that is surrendering or move to exile.

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    • 26 December 2013 10:25, by Crude Owner

      To: Riek
      I think Pagan Amum and the rest of former governmental prisoners need to face justice before they engage in the political activities. You may need to appoint someone else or go by yourself.

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      • 26 December 2013 12:33, by Darkangel

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

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    • 26 December 2013 11:17, by Reconciliation

      Stupid Dr.Which Pagan?he is history.this will mark the end of your rebellion in the history of this nation.

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    • 26 December 2013 11:23, by Reconciliation

      Hahahahaha.where are you first of all?you though it bad man.how could you appoint a prisioner to head a delegation for talk?we shall never and never release these criminals.

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    • 26 December 2013 16:49, by what the hell

      1991 is not the date to be forgotten and then again 2013 Riek and his Girlfriend Nayndeng and his step Son Maboir, i done know they gong to Rule, they always say the woman always think at her bottom and Naydeng should have of her people not her Pusey,

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    • 27 December 2013 06:12, by mathem jech amer

      RIEK
      You were saying it is a tribal war, so why not appointing Nuers only to lead your talk than appointing someone from another tribe?

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  • 26 December 2013 09:26, by BBCs

    You are very Damme,Pagan is in Jail, who u think u fooling this time Dam Ass Nuers Propht of Doom

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  • 26 December 2013 09:29, by Toney Toney Matot

    Mr. Traitor,
    you think killing people in cool blood is a joke. the crisis south Sudan is facing now is a result of your naivety and thrusts for power. God forbid, president Kiir will never accept such delegation to negotiate with peoples government.t this just a mere lie with no room at all.

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  • 26 December 2013 09:29, by realperson

    I think Riek Machar is crazy,how can he delegate those who are in-detention? President Kiir said clearly that he is ready to negotiate without any condition and these criminals who are in prison will not be release.Riek is almost finish and must to surrender himself to the government forces before being kill.

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    • 26 December 2013 09:40, by jijury

      For those of you dumb asses who cannot use your brains, incompetent illegal president Kiir have been set up with two only options 1. release the detainees or 2. To hell with his call for dialogue!

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      • 26 December 2013 09:47, by realperson

        Do your gang leader dropped the resignation of elected president and now want his colleagues criminals to be release. they are not going to be release and do what you want to do.

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      • 26 December 2013 09:48, by Majongdit

        Who cares about that dialogue? Not us...what is on our mind is retaking Bentiu and establishing a strong force through out all the Upper Nile to protect civilians.

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      • 26 December 2013 09:48, by Toney Toney Matot

        Jijury,
        it is a fool who will accept this inept delegation.we don’t give a damn to negotiate with terrorist.you better rethink again.people are working for peace but if your renegade former vice president does not want peace it will be up to him.but for sure sooner than later he will kneel down for pardoning from Salva Kiir

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      • 27 December 2013 06:30, by deng

        Jijury,
        Just get ready to read my book about the era of Riek Machar and Peter Gatdet. It is coming out soon! This time the speeding boat will head to the Mediterranean Sea to Europe where he gets his fake Ph.D. for Killing his own people. If votes have to be held today, I would vote for another nuer Ph.D. holder rather than Riek. To hell with him!

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  • 26 December 2013 09:45, by Majongdit

    Riek can not rule South Sudan from an undisclosed location.
    No one stepping down from his position again for Riek. Wani Igga stays put. No more integration of militias inton SPLA.
    We only agree that Riek comes back to Juba and be left free, and nothing more. If he wants to be a President, then let him contest in the upcoming 2015 elections.

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  • 26 December 2013 09:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    LETTER TO REBEL LEADER. Dr. Riak Machar
    government is ready for negotiation to defuse the current situation but imposible for country political system to release Pagan Amum Okiech from prison while he is a one of ring leaders of country confusion and negotiate, simply come and remain in jail and Pagan will go for negotiation.

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  • 26 December 2013 09:56, by Raanchol

    Mr. Machar,
    You are running out of your useless mind, enough is enough, you have killed innocent people in 1991 and again in 2013, this time it’s your turn to lead the death line, if you were not stupid, how can a prisoner lead a delegation to peace talks in Addis, or you think your second wife Pagan Amum would be released, never, it will never happen............. wait and prove us right

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    • 26 December 2013 10:16, by jijury

      Illegal president Kiir must release the detainees then dialogue will come if not he should not waste his time for talk. Inept Salva Kiir’s face changed in only 9 days fighting imagine what Kiir would look like in next two weeks before death. Dr. Riek gave you a chance to think don’t run to that fake lawyer called Telar.

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  • 26 December 2013 10:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    SECOND LETTER TO Dr. Riak
    I do believe you Dr. Riak Machar is a really politician but will you defeate president Kiir in politics?
    Please, please Riak try to reverse your list! Are you mad? President is telling you? he accepted dialogue but unconditionally come and remain in jail, who do you think will be accountable of hundreds thousands dead people? Is you.

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    • 26 December 2013 12:34, by Darkangel

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

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  • 26 December 2013 10:07, by Jalaby

    What? Machar delegation is to be led by Pagan Amum? the thief Pagan who stole $31 million dollar! if Machar really wants to fight corruption then why he appoints thieves to lead his delegation?
    What really connects Machar group with Garang’s students group such as Pagan?
    Machar should be careful and never cross the red line and outrage Khartoum by embracing the enemy

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    • 26 December 2013 10:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Jalaby
      you are a man, have you see guys, the thieveness of Pagan Amum is known every where even Arab like Jalaby known very well. Eeeee my God, Look they heard $166 million for war affected people. They are going to eat funds. Eeeeee God, see Riak and Pagan their dullness.

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    • 26 December 2013 11:41, by Jalaby

      of Khartoum, the Garang’s students who still believe and dream in the unity of Sudan & S Sudan but under their vision and view only, Machar starts to play the tone over the nerve chord by irritating Khartoum through closing the oil fields in Unity state, he knows very well that his rebellion without Khartoum support is useless and if Khartoum decided to chase him

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      • 26 December 2013 11:46, by Jalaby

        away from oil fields then it could do that very easily as they did it before when Khartoum chased away Machar troop from unity oil fields when Khartoum aligned with Paulino Matip troop and they both fought Machar troop and cleared off oil fields in Unity from his troop!

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        • 26 December 2013 12:32, by Darkangel

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

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      • 26 December 2013 13:42, by South South

        Jalaby,
        Get the hell out here, you are not suit to talk about South Sudan. Leave South Sudanese to discuss their issues, you go and do GATHA JAMARA, the only thing you know much better than anyone else, you get it ?

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  • 26 December 2013 10:12, by Bentiu son

    Bravo Dr Machar we do all appreciating your strategies n wisdom.Yes,if Salva Kiir n his goons meant peace,let them release those detainees w were falsely accused of coup attempt.Such tough condition won’t be understand by idiots,fools or blind supporters of killer Salva Kiir now.Who is ready for useless peace talk while 4000 Nuer civilians got killed merciless uncompensated, madness right?

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    • 26 December 2013 11:00, by Chol A.

      Bantiu Niigat, with no regret do not let your dad Dr R splitter accept the dialogue. Let’s continue do the killing and we can see in few day who will surrander. I believe mr Kiir’s man with humanity that’s why he like to accept dialogue with inhuman Riek. You are now killed 1489 Dinka in Malakal 1260 in Bantiu and 1753 in Bor while many Dinka are too kill in juba, now what will you gain?

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      • 26 December 2013 16:34, by Bentiu son

        Dinka Bor orphan aka Chol A,shut up son of whore. Why Dinkas imported Museveni’s mercenaries if you are really men who can face angry Nuer warriors in warfield.Stop lying idiots, Dinkas urinated n running naked when they heard that Nuer are coming for attacks,cowards don’t flee the country before we come to your poor region BEG. No peace talk, no mercy at all bt us gluttonous n cannibals community

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        • 26 December 2013 17:27, by BBCs

          You better that worrying about ending up in A refugee Camp in the futur u Evil Gai Tut.They Dinkas are on the way,Bentiu will be a refugee camp soon just matter of time and u will begging soon.We are coming with General Bol Madut so Nuers or Nasty Ass Evil should be ready

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        • 27 December 2013 06:39, by deng

          Bentiu Son,
          Barking is for dogs just be silence and let clear out our pain we will see who will suffer. A man don’t talk loud during a fight. He just concentrate and talk later after victory. Patience!

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  • 26 December 2013 11:05, by Ommar Bashir

    Is Riek really an educated guy? He thinks like a child who is Born two months ago. Does he think tribalism will let him gain a national chair? That will never happened

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  • 26 December 2013 11:18, by Axios

    Such dialogues will not prove fruitful Mr. President, I advise to stay the course. When one gives his enemy room to breath it is taken as a sign of weakness, and the only reciprocation is vengeance.

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    • 26 December 2013 12:33, by Darkangel

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

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  • 26 December 2013 15:56, by Mapuor

    Ok aa katiba col cir badger badger, buk bai dom ka ok aa kuma SPLA.SPLA Oyeee Malakal oyee.Nyagaats will only regret what they are now doing in just 30 days.Civil population does not have enough food to sustain a large number of rebels.Hunger will convince some to surrender only in one month.No talks with Nyagaats who insists on nonsense.Prisoners will first face justice and join you.

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    • 26 December 2013 16:01, by Mapuor

      Looting will result in rejection of rebels even on Nuer land.Chiefs have already given Riek some conditions;Riek to feed his rebels,Riek to take war to Juba not Nuers to suffer again.Rebel forces refuse to leave Nuer land for any place.

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  • 26 December 2013 16:43, by dude

    All YOU STUPID DINKA. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT PEACE AND YET YOU ARE INSULTING DR. MACHAR THE LEADER OF REBELLION. ARE YOU NOT TIRED OF WAR YET? I THINK WE ARE STILL IN THE EARLY STAGE OF THE WAR. THIS IS THE REASON WHY YOU ARE STILL INSULTING DR. RIEK MACHAR TENY DHURGON. IF YOU DINKA HAVE NOT LEARNED YOUR LESSON YET,WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE WAR UNTIL YOU ACCEPT DR.MACHAR AND NUER AS UR BROTHERS

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    • 27 December 2013 08:20, by Below the Law

      My brother dude
      Not all nuers think the way you and your riek the doctor of confusion and killings do. Riek if wise would have made by all his spirit to refrain from any sort of violence because he had caused more distructions than constructions in this country. With his questiomable phd he lured his own people to fight senseless wars since 1991 to date. Riek must be ashame of leading a nuer armie

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  • 26 December 2013 17:51, by sweettea

    Well done Dr machar, thats a smart move by appointing pagan to be your mediator, now the whole world eyes on tht dump president Mr kiir, lets see wht his going to do now . Kiir is not at Dr machar level , machar is more smarter thn kiir , machar will make kiir look like baby in front of international community. Well done again Dr machar

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    • 27 December 2013 08:46, by Below the Law

      My brother sweetea
      That is not a smart move. It is a move out of confusion. The 11 political prisoners are not part of nuer war against the governent of south sudan. These guys were only for reform within their party. But riek is always adouble agenda man thus he used that opportunity to make these guys look like his supporters. If they were part of nuer war why did they remained to be picked up.

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