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December 27, 2013 (NAIROBI) - Leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are considering the release of political prisoners and a power sharing deal as a possible solution to South Sudan’s political crisis.

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L), South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (C) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta in Juba, December 26, 2013 (AP)

‘‘There is a strong desire to end the violence and leaders have seen this is a political problem which can be solved if everyone is brought on board,” a source close to the ongoing discussions in Nairobi told Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.

On Thursday, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn visited the 11 detained senior political leaders accused of having a hand in what the government said was a failed coup attempt, two weeks ago.

Violence broke out on 15 December between rival factions within the national army - the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

The United Nations says more than 500 people were killed in the violence and over 40,000 displaced. The world body said is urgently requires $166m to address the needs of those affected by the conflict.

IGAD leaders at the summit in Nairobi have meanwhile condemned any attempts to seize power by force in South Sudan.

‘‘We in IGAD will not accept the constitutional overthrow of a democratically elected government in South Sudan,’’ said Kenyatta, also chair of the East African Community (EAC).

South Sudan government, on Friday, said its forces had retaken Upper Nile state from anti-government elements loyal to former vice-president, Riek Machar.

In a show of progress in talks being brokered by regional leaders, president Salva Kiir was on Friday reported to have accepted ‘‘immediate cessation of hostilities.’’

There was, until now, no response from Machar, Kiir’s chief protagonist accused of planning the failed coup attempt. Machar has, however, denied the accusation.

The IGAD leaders, in a statement, called upon ‘‘Dr Riek Machar and other parties to make similar commitments."

(ST)

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  • 28 December 2013 05:54, by Tutbol

    "IGAD leaders considering power sharing deal to end crisis"
    Gosh! how long are these trolls going to experiment their bullshits on S Sudanese? power sharing with who, l may be dreaming though. To share power with eleven criminals, the US & Europeans coached to destroy our country & to kill our people? First of all, S Sudanese would want Riek Machar & Mama Nyandeng hanged nothing less>>>

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    • 28 December 2013 06:06, by Tutbol

      Pagan Amum deserves life in jail, Luka Biong needs to be ban from the SPLM, Francis M. Deng is a foreign member of masonic lodges thus isn’t fit to represent our country in that UN filthy organization! And whoever in the IGAD that have that idea of S Sudanese 11 outlaws to share power with an elected S Sudanese govt is a S Sudanese enemy period>>>

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      • 28 December 2013 06:33, by Tutbol

        l heard last night our usual BBC propaganda from our criminals like Okello of Uganda who said that S Sudan would be isolated diplomatically if the leaders won’t cease fire. Let Uganda go on & isolate S Sudan. does this criminal think that S Sudan is a would be a Uganda’s new useless army dig? try again>>>

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        • 28 December 2013 06:45, by Tutbol

          The government of S Sudanese must be aware that Uganda army is a mercenary like the US army its survive on where the problems is. But in S Sudan, we don’t need these mercenaries to be lecturing us.
          If President Kiir agrees to this outrageous idea of Power sharing with S Sudanese enemies like US-Europeans bribing that everyone in that IGAD>>>>

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          • 28 December 2013 06:57, by Tutbol

            S Sudanese would not want anything to do with the US, the US created this problem we have in the first place, but it is now working tirelessly to bribe every country that has an amble relation with S Sudan. The US is not a country that the S Sudanese should hold dear, the US establishment is a criminal entity.

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            • 28 December 2013 14:02, by Below the Law

              Dear my brother Tutbol
              Am happy with you today.you know I usually read your posts which are sometimes semi tribal.But this your comments now has made me proad of you that I ve got a nationalist to share with. Rommel was a nationalist but he is driven away now.To put ss on truck we need to single out only the citizen who is wrong regadless of where he comes from.Nyandeng and Machar must be disowned

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  • 28 December 2013 05:59, by Mayok

    Kenyatta the possible solution to end this crisis is to remove Kiir from power or you both will face ICC. you mudder your own people during Kenyan election in 2007 the same way kiir did, and there is no way for you both idiot leaders you can not get away wit. Muddering those innocent is sinful and unforgettable massacre in the world, just hang on and soon you end up like Sadam and Colonel Muammar

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  • 28 December 2013 06:14, by kumkan

    What you witness in Juba is the beginning of the civil war and the the route cause of it is the fact that Salva the President and is gangs killed our innocents civillian who does not have clue about what going on.. All of these people dead because of the name Nuer....well, the number you had killed is not all of us we will deal with you one by one along with sellout Nuer who had hands in this.

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  • 28 December 2013 06:25, by dude

    The IGAD are wasting their times. They should first take Kiir to court before any negotions

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    • 28 December 2013 21:08, by Dumodit

      Dude
      You are right IGAD leaders shouldn’t wast time for negotiation of Kiir & Riak power demands.
      No compromise with Riak this time, leave him alone with his rebel CDRs to fight, finish or surrender to Kiir ’s power
      Why we heard Riak’s voice outside the country? why not join rebel army and fight in front line if brave enough? "political prostitute" jump from home to home

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  • 28 December 2013 06:29, by Malakal county Simon

    IGAD are crazy!! Power sharing is not a solution to current situation if they are serious to make peace in South Sudan, but total kiir resignation is a only solution....

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  • 28 December 2013 06:31, by dude

    The power sharing was design to kill Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon. We will not accept this, Either Kiir leaves or we will remove him by force.

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  • 28 December 2013 06:40, by Gabriel KK

    Big NO to power sharing with criminals. Riek has to faced the full force of law rather than being forgiven. Shame on him greedy drug addict. the blood of innocent victims of 1991 and 2013 must not go in vain, Riek is responsible for this killings and destructions of properties.

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  • 28 December 2013 06:43, by dude

    Riek Will not die. This is what is going to happened, Salva Kiir will be hung in Juba in 8 months.

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  • 28 December 2013 06:44, by chol

    That’s bullshit power sharing.Traitor Machar must not get away this time again for killing innocents civilians.Machar must face charges and I don’t means ICC Bullshit we have court of law in South Sudan and don’t want other Kony here.The SPLA will get him dead or alive.
    Chol Y

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    • 28 December 2013 10:12, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      If you read the words “considering” and “power sharing” carefully, it means that IGAD leaders are beating around the bush without having studied the root cause of the problem where South Sudan and SPLM/A have come from and heading amid ongoing efforts to resolve outstanding issues between South Sudan and Khartoum and between South Sudan government and David Yau Yau.

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      • 28 December 2013 10:12, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        Why IGAD leaders don’t consider the ongoing effort of reintegrating rebel groups that have already responded to the amnesty as a power sharing? The one in the pipeline (David Yau Yau) is also going to make another demand—power sharing. The President is working round the clock, making consultation on how to pay the price of making and keeping peace in the two years old nation.

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        • 28 December 2013 10:13, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          Why IGAD leaders fail to see the two liberation wars of 1955-1972 and 1983-2005 fought between South Sudan and Khartoum Islamic-based government as similar to wars fought between Africans and colonialists? Africans fought the liberation war with confidence, one heart and mind without anybody switching sides, just looking for leadership position at any cost as was the case with Riek Machar.

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          • 28 December 2013 10:13, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            Riek Machar did not ever contribute positively to the SPLM as some people among the 11 detained ex-ministers whom he claims to be his supporters. Those of Oyai Deng Ajak, Pagan Amum, Majak De Agot and Deng Alor have contributed without wavering. They have never been today in Khartoum, tomorrow in the bush then again in Khartoum as Riek Machar did.

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            • 28 December 2013 10:14, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              In South Sudan it’s easy to take up arms on tribal basis even if you fail democratic general elections during peace time and IGAD leaders don’t see this. The government of South Sudan is overloaded and is still committed to maintaining peace and unity in diversity amid being distracted here and there. The same ministers are even being recycled amid alleged widespread corruption cases.

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              • 28 December 2013 10:15, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                Even the detained ex-ministers know that tomorrow they will still be brought back because the President is still building institutional foundations. The time will come where ex-minister will only be playing advisory role on how to advance South Sudan forward, not bogus demands from Riek Machar of power sharing. IGAD leaders should listen first before considering something as a “possible solution.”

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                • 28 December 2013 10:15, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Will South Sudan fail without Riek Machar’s participation in the government? They should look at Riek Machar first as a trusted politician who could deliver based on his track record, consistency and judgment ability. Riek doesn’t have the ability to handle outstanding issues with Khartoum because he was in Khartoum on and off looking for the same thing - leadership position and power sharing.

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                  • 28 December 2013 10:16, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    When SAF attacked Abyei in May 2011 Riek was immediately sent to Khartoum to negotiate withdrawal of SAF from Abyei with his counterpart for the sake of peace. He was badly humiliated by Omer Bashir at the Palace. Bashir was already in his car, his motorcade was about to leave the Presidential Palace and Riek arrived and went to greet him.

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                    • 28 December 2013 10:16, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                      Bashir rolled down the window and started lecturing Riek Machar like his student, talking for almost two hours while Riek kept standing, trembling like a child who wet his pans. Can this person, the like of Riek Machar lead South Sudan and get all the outstanding issue resolved? IGAD leaders need to think of something else other than considering power sharing with a notorious traitor “as a possibl

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                      • 28 December 2013 10:18, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                        Bashir Amulu Idara Dakh-lia le Riek before he left him sweating and smiling as usual. Riek Machar was not treated with respect as VP of South Sudan because of his record of running to Khartoum to look for leadership position as usual, leaving some of the ex-ministers detained currently in the bush struggling to liberate him from the very government that he was in bed with.

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                        • 28 December 2013 10:18, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                          The IGAD leaders need to listen first to the position of South Sudan government but not of power hungry Riek Machar. They should consider first whether Riek Machar is a good thinker or not, a god decision maker or not, a good leader or not, a good contributor to peace-making or not, a consistent nationalist or not, a wavering power hungry hunter or not, but not where he has come from or represents

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                          • 28 December 2013 10:19, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                            Riek Machar should never hide behind the ex-ministers who claim repeatedly that that they are not with him (Riek) while Riek claims insistently that these are his supporters. Even if this failed coup attempt were to turn into another rebel movement or not, we wanna see how many forces Riek has and how many cities, (not States) does he control? Bentiu is gonna fall sooner than later.

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                            • 28 December 2013 10:19, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                              How can we talk of cease fire as if Riek has staged a legitimate coup or formed rebel groups capturing cities in South Sudan? Riek Machar and forces aligned to him on tribal lines are on the run. The forces are engaged mainly in massive destruction of properties (both private and public); killings, pillaging and displacement. Who will account for all these destructions and humanitarian cost?

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                              • 28 December 2013 10:20, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                                If Riek Machar is mainly interested in power sharing which he didn’t even get it in Khartoum in 1991 or 1997 but in 2005 under the very leadership of SPLM/A who offered him VP in a golden plate, why would he instruct forces loyal to him to do all these inhumane destructions of lives and properties? Did forces loyal to him think before acting that tomorrow they might be deployed in the same places?

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                                • 28 December 2013 10:21, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                                  Power sharing is never a priority. The government of South Sudan needs repentance from Riek Machar and the forces loyal to him and to lay down arms, become politicians and contest in the elections before we move on not only to rebuild trust, unity and confidence but fulfilling humanitarian needs and rebuilding towns destroyed by forces loyal to Riak Machar.

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  • 28 December 2013 12:35, by Konkooc

    all those 11 power hungry detainees were in power 8 yrs back.
    now it become obvious that the cause of war was because they were relieved from the government due to their misbehaving and now protecting their seat through innocent life who did not even get a coin when they were working.
    let riek be a rebel till he took the seat by force if he can manage to do that.

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    • 28 December 2013 18:36, by kumkan

      Let us not forget that the innocents Nuer civilian in Juba were killed because they are Nuer where Dr.Riek hailed from, we can tried to hide the fact but all of you will come to your normal sense when your family member will be kill by Nuer in a day to come. There will be Osama style SS This war is not about Riek as you tried to portray to internal communities nor there was a coup attempt by Riek

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    • 28 December 2013 19:01, by kumkan

      You all could cry Riek this Riek that, but none of this is not the solution, Kirr Must step down and face the justice for the Nuer people he killed in Juba. Wether with Uganda or without them Juba will come down we will never support president who kills its citizen. We will kill Kir by any mean necessary at any giving time...Osama style will be execute in SS.

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  • 29 December 2013 13:29, by American Missile.

    No power-sharing with the rebels.if you are sure that of popularity in which you think,people will vote for you.then, why do you cause death for them?
    let him go to hell.

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