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December 31, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rival groups have agreed to negotiate a ceasefire in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and further negotiate an agreement to stop the two-week violence which erupted on 15 December in the capital, Juba, and rapidly spread to some other major states.

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South Sudan army soldiers look on in Malakal town, 497km (308 miles) northeast of capital Juba, December 30, 2013 (Photo Reuters/ James Akena)

The violence fitted president Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar in the wake of misunderstandings between presidential guard units in the capital.

Kiir described the incident as an attempted coup by Machar and his group while the latter dismissed the claim saying that was simply a misunderstanding between the soldiers. He accused Kiir of using the incident to get rid of his political opponents.

The fighting spread largely on tribal lines when the Nuer civilians were targeted in Juba by the SPLA forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.

Attempts to bring the two warring parties to the negotiating table failed as preconditions were set before the 31 December deadline.

However, the two sides have reached a compromise by dropping some of their preconditions to the talks.

President Salva Kiir had dropped his demand that Machar should accept a ceasefire before negotiations can start while Machar demanded the release of his 9 colleagues detained by Kiir in order for the ceasefire to be negotiated.

The former vice president told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that he had already sent his delegation to Addis Ababa to negotiate a ceasefire with the delegation of the government of president Salva Kiir.

The delegation includes two members of the ruling party’s political bureau and the acting governor of Jonglei state.

“I have already sent my delegation to Addis Ababa. They include Madam Robecca Nyandeng de Mabior, prof Peter Adwok Nyaba, Taban Deng Gai and Hussein Mar Nyuot, among others,” he said.

He further accused Salva Kiir of preventing from leaving Juba some of his delegates who are not in jail and were supposed to be in the advance team to Addis Ababa.

A source from the ministry of foreign affairs also said president Kiir on Tuesday appointed a delegation that would go to Addis Ababa for the talks.

He could not, however, disclose the names of the personalities that will compose the government’s team.

The two principals, Kiir and Machar, are also expected to join the face-to-face talks soon, the official further revealed.

Machar’s forces recaptured the strategic city of Bor, the capital of Jonglei state on Tuesday, some hours before the deadline for the negotiations supported by the IGAD countries.

BOOTH CONFIRMS DEAL

United States special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth in a short statement issued on Tuesday confirmed that the agreement reached by the two warring parties to engage talks in Addis Ababa.

"I am very pleased to be able to say that both the government of the Republic of South Sudan and the opposition forces aligned with Riek Machar have agreed to send teams today to Addis Ababa prepared to negotiate".

He added that this agreement is a “a first step, but a very important step " towards a cessation of hostilities and negotiations of a political agreement to end the conflict that started in the new country since two weeks ago.

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  • 1 January 04:05, by Tutbol

    Who does this madman thinks he is fooling? If he didn’t attempt a coup then why did he ran out to the bush & started directing his forces against the govt? If has nothing to do with the coup, he should have been in his house like his co-conspirators & Kiir could have been held responsible for letting his guards caused the mess...

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    • 1 January 04:07, by Predicted

      Tutbol. I feel sorry for you. There is a lot of things you don’t know.

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    • 1 January 04:12, by Tutbol

      but attempting a coup & sneaked out & caused these damages & claims nothing to do with the coup? Yani, does this deranged fellow thinks that S Sudanese do also think like ten-years babies like him? What is to negotiate about, l don’t know? Riek Machar has committed a high treason against the people of S Sudan & he must go to gallows, nothing less...

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    • 1 January 04:36, by Naath

      How come a killer Yoweei Museveni became amediator, he already killed Dr Garang and ordered execution of Kiir to be kill by his own people.The mother of the nation will be the vic the President of the republic of South sooner than later,hopeless Kiir is already dead by allowing his own guards to murder innocent people mainly naath society is definitely a foolishness to him and museveni death them

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    • 1 January 04:56, by Naath

      Failure to release those political detainees by Wednesday than Thursday night you will be arrested and face justice for your crime you committed against your own people. For those who don’t know Yoweri museveni you will feel shame soon this unhuman being is doubles standards you will regret soon, 30km for me to make sure that kiir is not escape this time, I appreciated God recovered quicker to fac

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    • 1 January 06:06, by Dinka-Defender-General

      I assent with you Tutbol that if Machar didn’t plan the coup why did he sent his blood thirsty soldiers to killed innocent citizens. Personally, I don’t have any respect for Machar anymore. President Kiir was suppose to be held accountable if Machar didn’t plan the coup. Since he planned it, he’s the one to be blame all these problems. Machar will face ICC or South Sudan court. He’s a dead man.

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      • 1 January 06:40, by Mi diit

        Don’t you know that the international community said there was no coup attempt. They called incompetent Kiir a liar. Kiir started the fighting when he plotted to arrest Dr. Machar and ordered his militias from Warrap and Northern Bahr el Ghazal to disarm the Nuer soldiers and move to arrest Riek Machar. That is what the world knows now. How can you make a coup without targeting the president?

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        • 1 January 06:44, by Mi diit

          If it were to be a coup the first targets would have been Kiir’s palace, his residence and Bilpam HQRS. And do you think the 11 policians allied to Riek would have been sleeping in their houses waiting for the arrest if they planned the coup? Do you think Dr. Machar would leave his eldest son, Teny Riek Machar in Juba if he planned the coup? You people are fools but will not fool others.

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          • 1 January 06:59, by Rancol

            There’s no worst fool than you. If it was not a coup, why did Riak and Taban ran? Why did he declared the rebellion?
            Clear your clouded mind. Riak’s eldest son is not a politician and Riak mistakes are not his. Unlike your stupid people who killed even their co-workers (for something they heard) as it happened in Bentiu oilfield. You are cursed people.

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    • 1 January 10:12, by Juma El-Saidi.

      My friend i think you are out of your mind,
      don’t you know that there are crazy and foolish Dinka who reason like their cattle. If Machar were to remind within here then you the Dinka would have finished him. Thank God that he ran for his life.Kiir should be blame whatever the situation. Kiir pliz step down.

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    • 1 January 10:17, by hellonearth

      Tutbol, Rancol, dinkadefender you are just plain stupid. thats all i can say.

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    • 1 January 10:20, by hellonearth

      Tutbol, Rancol, dinkadefender you are just plain stupid. thats all i can say.

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    • 2 January 03:07, by Wicdail

      What is the use of a state of an emergency that Kirr declared on Unity and Jongalei states, when the government is already lose 100% control on those states, if not because Kirr is a fool and desperate for power?

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  • 1 January 04:08, by Sundayw

    Bor will be the graveyard of the so-called White army. This mobilization of untrained tribal elements will only create an interesting scenario. What if the Dinka in Warap, Lakes, SE Dinka, and North BG, Western BG mobilize 100,000 youth to mirror what Riek did with the dimwitted Low-Nuer? We could easily take everything. Fortunately, the Dinka will as always take the high road and let it slide.

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    • 1 January 04:24, by Bentiu son

      Idiot Sundayw,did you know that about 12,000 reinforcement from Dinkas Guelweng militias were completely destroyed by our gallant forces in Mayom County in Unity State recently when want to captured Bentiu from Dr Machar’s South Sudan Army(SSA)forces?Naive just mobilizes those Guelweng militias the Thokjiok Bentiu or White Army will get rid of them mercilessly.

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    • 1 January 04:25, by Tutbol

      Sundayw,
      This Dinka moral high road sometimes stand next to cowardice. A lot of Dinka men from Bor its self even slang their rifles over their shoulders and crossed the river with the civilians. Living their fellow Bor Dinkas to battle it out with the lou Nuer. Yes there were a few Nuer police who crossed the line to their brothers’ side. But for Bor Dinka men running away from Bor?

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      • 1 January 04:57, by Deng II

        Tutbol
        I agreed with you 1000000%. My brothers Dinka Bor are bring shame to DInka in general.They are in embolden Nuer and prove their theme Nuer always say, they are only brave tribe in SS.People are fighting now for symbolic that to show who is the warrior among other. I doubt White Army was mobilized by Machar, but they just mobilize themselves to protect their idea of being brave trib

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        • 1 January 05:08, by Deng II

          All the Dinka clans surrounding Mading Bor supposed to mobilizes themselves to help soldiers when they were out numbered by rebels and White Army. Fight for your dignity and your lands. You don’t need to run away from your place regardless of who is right and who is wrong. White Army is young youth of Nuer lou, not army with Jets and helicopter gunship.

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          • 1 January 05:16, by Deng II

            Fighting now is become competing between Nuer and Dinka, according to the ways I myself read Nuer mind. Who is a better fighter. I may not be wrong they way I read Nuer mind, but why White Army of Lou-Nuer jumped on the bandwagon of Rick than Rick really clan?

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            • 1 January 06:14, by Tutbol

              Deng11,
              There are some of who have been very concern since last year. We have even been informing our fools in Juba & even our red-eyed Kuol Manyang to keep an eye of the British stationed in Mt Kenya; they have been training Peter Gadet "White Army" & Yau Yau & are supplied with arms by Qatar through UNIMISS planes. But guys in Juba jobs was to squabble for top jobs & to steal & when they told...

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              • 1 January 06:25, by Tutbol

                to be vigilant on what the enemies of S Sudanese are scheming, the fools like Makuei Lueth talked down everyone as if he knows everything. Now Riek is humiliating everyone through the guys like Kuol Manyang, Makuei & their coward Kiir. Their guy Kiir wants to rule the brave S Sudanese when he is a coward himself. What was his point of wearing his uniform& & went to the media when he didn’t know...

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                • 1 January 06:35, by Tutbol

                  Kuol Manyang must & Makuei Lueth must resign from the Kiir Govt. And Bor Dinka should be left to battle it out with the Nuer white a humiliations sponsored by our arch enemies the British from Nanyuki Kenya, the UNIMISS our fools think is working for us & their Arabs of Qatar brought to our country through Riek Machar & Gadet & now our drunks are agreeing to talk to the most hated man in our state

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                  • 1 January 06:56, by Deng II

                    TUTBol
                    You says it all. I quoted Makuei Lueth on some weeks ago saying on interview that if they catch Rick Machar, they will hang him, how? This is humiliations, if it is not, what is it? The city in the middle of so many clans. Makuei always talk tough like not politician but brave soldiers General,I though he hope something that may help, but it is just a empty bird net.

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                    • 1 January 07:36, by Tutbol

                      Of course we will hang him, who in the Bor Dinka will want Riek Machar as another leader fooling S Sudanese on how he can be forgiven & still walk the plains of the S Sudanese. What govt is going to do in Adis Ababa, Bor Dinka as a whole won’t adhere to it.

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            • 1 January 13:37, by Nyesi Ta

              The answer is simple. The white army jumped onto the Machar’s wagon simply because the Kiir’s security apparatus are targeting Nuers in Dinka controlled Juba. I learnt they are on their way to Juba to rescue the Nuer trapped at UNMISS compound. They are moving slowly but surely.

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            • 1 January 21:04, by Nyesi Ta

              The answer is simple. The white army jumped onto the Machar’s bandwagon simply because the Kiir’s security apparatus are targeting Nuers in Dinka controlled Juba. I learnt they are on their way to Juba to rescue the Nuer trapped at UNMISS compound. They are moving slowly but surely.
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          • 1 January 12:09, by Wani khooto

            Dear DENGII,
            you are a fool and i really apreciate Bor PPLE and we equatorian,dog there is no need to fight for war with no benefit.killing nuer or dinka will make our nation to be the next Rwanda and to avoid that better not to fight on bases of my tribe which BOR are doing.indeed i came to understand what make GARANG to be strong leader due to his pple reasoning is good.why not waited 2015.

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            • 1 January 12:18, by Wani khooto

              deng II what nuer and bhar el ghazal are doing now is what RWANDA did in which the regret after war,machar will be taken to Hague believe me even kiir will face the same but let not preach war.yesterday we visited white army and u can see there is no hospital to treated the wounded and so many were kill which mean the are used as tools and after war who care for disabled so why fight for leadershi

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        • 1 January 06:20, by michael coma

          Deng II
          Bor youth were they first people got disarmed by government if you are not a ware of it.The white army was heavily armed that’s why they retook Bor town from national army.Those who run during fighting are from Bhar el ghazal leaved war to rest of comunities yesterday.

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        • 1 January 06:25, by michael coma

          Deng II
          Bor youth were they first people got disarmed by government if you are not a ware of it.The white army was heavily armed that’s why they retook Bor town from national army.Those who run during fighting are from Bhar el ghazal leaved war to rest of communities yesterday.

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          • 1 January 06:41, by Deng II

            Micheal Coma
            I pretty sure Bor City will be capture again. But don’t rely on Bahr el Ghazal or trust them, breaking stores of weapons and take the gun, because the situation is death or life. BEG may not fight by their heart because no their women, old, and children, but you do. Let children, old, and women cross the Nile but not young men, otherwise you going to keep crossing rivers.

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            • 1 January 07:39, by choldit

              Tut oil, Michael, Dengii, gentlemen let do things with reasoning expected of us by our ss pple. We shld appreciate that the opposition SPLA loyal to Dr. Riek is not targeting civilians but govt soldiers loyal to pres. Kirr. Therefore, the taking of Bor yesterday is clean, the upper Nile fight is clean ( but 15) civilians. Bor are good pple compare to DINKA BEG who loot ss resources, kill Nuer kids

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  • 1 January 04:17, by Naath

    The truly South Sudanese Army will capture hopeless Kiir dead or live, those including, kuol mangar, Hoth mai,Chan Reech,Wani Igga, and many more.I don’t think sending piece papers to prophet who discover that you will be capture will not going to help you, you will be brought to justice soon, people of South are United and fighting with spirit to make sure you be gone for good.

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    • 1 January 13:00, by choldit

      Friend, u have no idea who the architect of that war are, have u? Yes James is the one who drove the real tiger battalion out of Gilda on Tuesday 16/12 but at night after security council meeting in Jebel security building, he remain prisoner. Kirr replaced with Paul Malong, the real killer of Nuer. The guys respon for atrocities in juba Nuer massacre are Paul Malong, Kuol, Ayuey, Telar, Mathok.

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  • 1 January 04:56, by Bolong

    Oh really, please please please, leave prof Adowak Nyabak alone. I am bagging both side to leave Dr. Adowak alone. we citizens of South Sudan like to see this man free in everything you guys made up. He is pure academic, however, he have something to help Southerners with in the future.

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  • 1 January 05:00, by Waucity

    For many years, we have gone to Ethiopia to discuss peace but it does not work..Lets try another Country and reik deserve nothing..He is using his tribes to cause damages and last time I check everybody had a tribe in Southern Sudan..So why should other politicians have a peace talk with somebody that is standing with his tribe only?...He does not represent national interest.

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  • 1 January 05:05, by James Wieu Mayol

    This is the consensus of our people in diaspora and in South Sudan. The ceasefire is needed peace and stability in ten states. But what is importance in the meeting is to tangle all issues that will avoid this crisis to happen again.
    Let us focus and think about the future of our people. Let us remember the darkness and the suffering we all went through.

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    • 1 January 05:31, by Peter Mading

      Is Dr. John Garang looking at his unfaithful wife really? Can Peter Aduok make a meaningful contribution to peace Negotiation? As you can see from his head, there seems potholes in his brains and he is going to fail talks. Why not Angelina this time? And also Hilde Johnson wife of prominent thief?

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  • 1 January 06:15, by Jalaby

    I’m not sure whether this peace negotiation is going to be a fruitful or just two deaf negotiation?
    Kiir declared in advance and before the peace talks starts that no power share between his government and the rebels, if that’s the case then about what should the rebels talk? they should just lay down their guns and come back in return of pardon? it doesn’t make sense

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    • 1 January 06:28, by Jalaby

      in the other hand, Machar and his rebel demand Kiir stepping down which is impossible condition to be implemented!
      Look buddies, I’ll tell you what will likely happen next as I usually do and my prediction always turns out to be 99.9% correct, did I ever lie to you? of course not!
      Both sides,the govt and rebels

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      • 1 January 06:39, by Jalaby

        will stick strictly to their demands and won’t show any kind of concession at the beginning but AU and IGAD and of course US from behind the scene will impose their solution on both sides and will threaten both sides of severe punishments if they don’t accept their solution!

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        • 1 January 06:50, by Jalaby

          IGAD (and US from behind the scene) solution won’t satisfy both sides but partially meets some of their demands,Kiir will stay as president and power share will take place also,more over Machar and his rebel insisting on national government that represents the different spectrum of S Sudan till the next election in 2015 that should be run under international observors

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          • 1 January 07:04, by Jalaby

            Look, as I always use to say, S Sudan is a country that does not have identity,loyalty to motherland doesn’t exist,it’s fake country that was made by America and that’s why Americans are working hard to find a solution and avoiding to be held the responsibility of yielding a "failed country" but unfortunately they are to be blamed no single doubt and they know it themselves now

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  • 1 January 06:55, by Marco Bul

    Tut Bol & Deng II
    This war is not about learn or whatever.It is about power.We can’t sacrifice for village chief-like prezzo.We can’t fight for power hungry wolf either.We will tell them to cross to Warrap.Nuer aci puoth lääny ëkë wek baai cam ë röt.What have we benefited from Kiir??

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  • 1 January 09:34, by Black Africa

    @ Jalaby, none of your business. What about the war that are going on in Darfur, blue nile and south kordufan ?

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    • 1 January 12:57, by Jalaby

      Black Africa,
      Blue Nile & South Kordofan are on their way to be resolved after SPLA-N are defeated,in fact there was no real issue in Blue Nile or S Kordofan but made up and fabricated issue by the south and they were getting the support from the south but not any more!Please read my comment:
      http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article49408

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    • 1 January 13:06, by Oppressor

      Black Africa what a shameful nick name ya holding why don’t we Sudanese not allowed to talk about south while looters like mossiveni of Uganda & Kenyans are fighting with Dinka against our brothers form Neur & other tribes form south.

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  • 1 January 14:40, by ahme adam

    Darfur groups joined Machar army and they recaptured Bor, Machar Oyeee all the way to Juba to get Salva Kiir Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 1 January 17:14, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Southerners, let me tell you the truth. Machar will never be a leader again in our lives time. He will dead trying to be a president of South, but it will never happen in his life. The only one leader that I admire and will always admire is General Hoth Mai. He’s the only Nuer leader with good heart and love for all the Southerners. I will always admire..

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    • 1 January 20:27, by The rock

      My friend looking at Hoth Mai like means you judging a book on its cover, let me tell you this, Hoth is the fueling tank of this senseless war, with evidence and if Hoth comes a president that means Riek is the president man.... mark my words as a south Sudanese brother, n in case ya may wonder i am a pure Nuer from Nasir.

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