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Juba accuses ex-VP Machar of rejecting ceclared ceasefire


December 28, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s vice-president, James Wani Igga, has accused his predecessor, Riek Machar, of rejecting opportunities to end hostilities and putting obstacles in the way of peaceful dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict, which has lasted almost two weeks.

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Ethiopia’s Hailemariam Desalegn (L), South Sudan’s Salva Kiir (C) and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta at a meeting in Juba on 25 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters/James Akena)

Machar has “put conditions that a ceasefire cannot be reached unless a negotiation is conducted. This is complete intransigence and obstinacy because the main issue now is to stop [the] violence”, Wani told reporters after chairing a crisis management committee.


The spokesperson of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir Mayardit said on Saturday that the government will not accept any proposal seeking its commitment to enter into negotiations aimed at reaching a power-sharing agreement with Machar.

“It will not make sense that the same person who was dismissed as part of the general change which western governments have all these times been advising, because of corruption, return to the same government in which he was dismissed after killing innocent people. This is unacceptable and it will never happen”, presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, said.

Reports from the talks, which are being mediated by regional leaders, have indicated a strong desire among East African countries to end the violence by bringing all the aggrieved parties on board.

“There is no meeting the president has ever held with foreign dignitaries, representatives and envoys without my presence. In these meetings and interactions, I have never heard anybody who has met the president talk about [a] power-sharing proposal”, Ateny said.

“What had always been discussed is the need to cease hostilities and to accept dialogue, which the president had already accepted without conditions”, the spokesperson told Sudan Tribune.


The official said the main objective of the dialogue is to contain the conflict from escalating into major unrest and to prepare a conducive political ground for the 2015 general elections.

The talks are being chaired by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), whose member countries currently include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. South Sudan became a member in 2011 after it seceded from Sudan as part of a 2005 peace deal that was also mediated by IGAD.

“Actually this initiative came from IGAD member countries and the western envoys. The objective was to focus on how to handle political differences from shifting to tribal conflict”, Ateny said.

Since the fighting began in Juba on 15 December, the United Nations says that over 1,000 people are believed to have been killed. President Kiir’s government has accused Machar and his supporters of attempting to stage a coup. This has been strongly denied, with other accounts suggesting that fighting within the presidential guard broke out due to a dispute between soldiers from the Dinka and Nuer tribes.

Violence has since spread to other parts of South Sudan, displacing thousands of civilians. While the army has retaken Jonglei state capital Bor from mutineers, Unity state and much of Upper Nile remain in control of forces loyal to officers who switched allegiance.

Upper Nile and Unity are home to the country’s key oil fields, raising concerns that the unrest could cut off the economic lifeblood of the young nation, which derives nearly its entire government budget from oil revenues.

Ateny said that South Sudan’s “government agreed to the dialogue so that conducive ground is created for Riek Machar and his group to come back as normal citizens so that they can participate in the next elections. If they win elections, they will certainly take the office through [a] peaceful transfer of power”, he said.

During talks in Juba on Thursday and on Friday in Kenyan capital Nairobi, African leaders attempted to advance peace talks between president Kiir his political rivals.

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn had “a constructive dialogue” with Kiir while they were in Juba, according to Ateny.

The president had agreed “in principle” to cease hostilities and enter negotiations with Machar, his spokesman said, without offering further details on the talks.

Ateny did not say whether the president would meet his former deputy face-to-face to peacefully discuss details of the dialogue.

The whereabouts of Machar remain unclear, although most African leaders with interest in resolving the conflict said IGAD would formally invite him to attend upcoming peace talks.

Late on Saturday, the government said that it would release all but three of the remaining senior officials that were arrested in connection with the alleged coup attempt that triggered the current crisis.


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  • 29 December 2013 06:28, by Mayom County Boy

    Riek never to allow ceasefire because many nuer were been kill by dinka .
    no ceasefire to be signed anless we made a reveng that may fullfill our need of our people deaths

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  • 29 December 2013 06:30, by Paul Chadrack

    Riek is now moving with huge army toward
    bor and then juba . Led bhar el gazel prepare that war.

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  • 29 December 2013 06:52, by dude

    Salva Kiir will get the results of what he has started very soon. It is just a matter of time before the Uganda Army is kicked out of Bor by the White Army of Lou Nuer sub-clan of Nuer.

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  • 29 December 2013 07:09, by dude

    Salva Kiir will be forced to eat his own relative dead body because he ordered his bodyguards to make the Nuer civilians eat their own relatives dead bodies whom they shot and killed.

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    • 29 December 2013 07:58, by Toney Toney Matot

      To Nuer Commentators,
      Guys remember, what you are fighting with is a government and can do everything to win this war. you should preach for peace not by praising mighty ngooth and so force.in Nigeria, there was a region call Biafra. this region rebelled against the government and was completely crushed. accept peace or get crushed.

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      • 29 December 2013 08:41, by Malakal county Simon

        Blame it on Kuol Manyang, why Nuer soldiers are targeting Bor!!! Kuol Manyang make you guys the victim, by siding with illegal president (Kiir) in first place....That’s was a dumb move, knowing the Dinka Bor Geography in greater Upper Nile is risky!!!!

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        • 29 December 2013 09:47, by choldit

          There are principles in this on Dr. Riek side e.g. No killing of civilians n lake state n Dinkas and greater Equatoria are alliance to war against tyrant in Juba. But NBG, Warrap, Ugandan arm not Ugandan people are legitimate target. Breaking news Gony Beliu in malakal and Buay Rolnyang in Northern upper Nile are switching sides to rebels. Juba govt is shaky now about that.

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          • 29 December 2013 11:33, by Bentiu son

            Choldit,very fabulous news buddy,Killer Salva who killed our Hero Dr John Garang shouldn’t appeasing true Nuer sons Lt Gen Gony Billiw n Lt Gen Stephen Buay Rolnyang to kill their own kins n fellow tribes for money or ranks.Joining Dr Machar side is a big blow to tyrant Juba genocidal regime of Kiir Mayartot.Enough is enough,I heard too Equatorians n Chollo tribes rebelled against Kiir’s militias

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      • 29 December 2013 16:12, by Malakal county Simon

        Toney Toney Matot
        We are the bravest tribe in Africa and we cannot compared to that’s region in Nigeria simple as that.... War is imminent, this is no negotiation needed after 5,000 Nuer civilians slaughter/massacre by illegal president!!!!He must resign, before any negotiation or ceasefire, to place...

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  • 29 December 2013 08:46, by Majongdit

    No power sharing. No power sharing. No power sharing

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  • 29 December 2013 09:14, by wang

    Power sharing with who…? Kiir must have go and James Wani Igga will carry on as caretaker till 2015 national election….

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    • 29 December 2013 11:06, by Konan

      "James Wani Igga will carry on as caretaker till 2012 national election" sounds good and makes sense - Yemeni Style - the vice president became the interim president. It’s time for Equatorians to rule, even if for short time. Nor Dinak neither Nuer, LOL.

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    • 29 December 2013 11:41, by Bentiu son

      Sharing power with who really? Genocidal regime of Salva Kiir n his comedian James Wani Igga? Imposible indeed,a womanizer aka Igga n Kiir should know that they had committed a genocidal or ethnic cleansing against 4000 Nuer civilians in Juba from 15, 16,or 17 December 2013 mercilessly.We already reached deadlockn no peace talk, no power share, n reconciliation while those victims uncompensated.

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  • 29 December 2013 17:19, by Wani khooto

    Dear citizens,
    i came to understand that most of guys who comment on this size are not even in the country.this is war and we are encouraging it so that our nation will remain behind others,why don,t we ask what are we fighting for?due to machar and kiir,the are politicians as the are enemy today but friend tomorrow.peace,peace

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    • 29 December 2013 17:27, by Wani khooto

      why don,t we behave like BOR pple who forgive machar for 1991 killing and now nuer are claiming that most of their pple were kill in juba which can be forgiven too.nuer should rem that the are fighting gov,ty not dinka.today i was in Akobo and u can just witness how life is changing to worse,no medication,salaries,business,why war if innocent can,t get basics.one tribe can not overthrow gov,ty.

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      • 29 December 2013 17:32, by lakoda

        Wani Khoto
        That is very stupid comment.

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        • 29 December 2013 17:47, by Wani khooto

          dear Lakoda,
          u call it stupid as u don’t see the other size of the road.innocent are mobilize to fight a war,but why are the not asking why? u kill yesterday and u are forgiven why don’t u forgive too.lakoda if u are in the country come i am working with UNMISS and i will get a flight to AKOBO,BENTUI,NASIR and bor so that u witness.machar is not what u guys see today,i was in RED ARMY in 1991 know

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          • 29 December 2013 19:03, by lakoda

            Wani Khoto
            I know Dinka and Equateria were among those arrested by Kiir,can you ask youself why kiir leave others tribes and killed only Nuer civilians who have nothings to do with politic or coup whatever kiir may call it. those who are coming to Fight Dinka and Uganda soldiers were those whose brothers, Sisters, Mothers and fathers were killed by kiir’s bodyguards.

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  • 29 December 2013 17:36, by Wani khooto

    Nuer don’t know very well that most dinka are in prison yet the just generalize that the are fighting dinka?even we equatorian are also among those who are imprisoned but if some one make a political war to be tribal war so be it.for your information MACHAR will never be a president of this nation becoz of NUER poor ideologies and criminal acts.majority of nuer are not civilize,i notice today.

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