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IGAD leaders say South Sudan rivals “agreed to ceasefire”

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 31, 2013 (ADDIS ABABA) – Members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) confirmed on Tuesday that South Sudan rivals have agreed on an immediate ceasefire, despite continued fighting in many parts of the country.

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African leaders at the IGAD heads of state and government meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, December 27, 2013 (Photo: Moses Lomayat)

The agreement was reached few hours before Tuesday’s deadline for both sides to cease hostilities as agreed by regional leaders at Friday’s summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.

"President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar agree on a cessation of hostilities and appoint negotiators to develop a monitored and implemented ceasefire," IGAD said in a statement, which gave no details on when the ceasefire takes effect.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, on Tuesday confirmed representatives of President Kiir and rebel leader Machar would arrive in Addis Ababa on Wednesday for peace talks.

“The two sides are expected to reach an agreement on the cessation of hostilities and peaceful resolution of the current political crisis”, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs ministry said in a statement.

Machar and the Ethiopian Prime Minister also held phone discussion during the former reportedly agreed to send a team of negotiators to Addis Ababa for talks.

“Dr. Tedros held phone conversation with Dr.Riek Machar and urged him to discuss with other political figures allied to him and reach in to a decision to start negotiation in accordance with IGAD’s Extraordinary Summit Decision”, stressed the Foreign Affairs ministry statement.

The talks between the two sides are based on a peace proposal prepared by IGAD. However, cessation of hostilities, opening humanitarian corridors, the issue of political prisoners, and protection of civilians are likely to form the main agenda during the talks.

It is not clear if sharing power would be on the table for discussion as viable solution to the crises, especially after President Kiir ruled out that possibility.

The rebels, however, continue to attack parts of the country with forces loyal to Machar claiming the recapture of the strategic key town of Bor on Tuesday.

According to the UN, over 1,000 lives have lost since the violence erupted in mid December and some 200,000 people have been displaced.

IGAD has been striving to broker the two warring parties in an effort to avert a civil war as the conflict spreads to other regions of the country. On Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni warned rebel leaders to agree to a ceasefire or face defeat.

“We gave him [Machar] four days and [agreed that] if he doesn’t [comply with the agreement], then we shall have to go for him. That is what we agreed on”, Museveni told reporters in Juba.

Museveni, a close ally of Kiir, also admitted that he sent Ugandan troops to “help restore hope” in South Sudan, confirming his military’s involvement in the conflict.

He did not, however, elaborate on how the region intends to defeat a rebellion, which has quickly spread to the country’s key towns.

But Machar’s group, in a statement, warned that any aggression from the Ugandan army could compromise IGAD’s attempt to broker a peace deal between the conflicting parties.

East African leaders say the conflict in South Sudan is a threat to the stability of the region and the current political crises needs an urgent solution.

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  • 1 January 07:58, by hellonearth

    NO CEASEFIRE UNTIL KIIR FALLS

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    • 1 January 10:01, by zulu

      Hell on Earth,
      Riek will have to abondment his scouch earth agenda and desert politics altogether. Power sharing is infact out of the question given the fact that Riek is part of the SPLM. Unless otherwise, like Lam Akol, he can negotiate powersharing. But there are every Nuer in every government portfolio. I see no sense in his quest for ousting Kiir. He, Riek has been attempting since 2010

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    • 1 January 13:02, by Deng Tut

      There will be no ceasefire at least we cut the head of Kiir plus his advisors, Kiir have killed thousands of innocent civilians from Nuer tribe. Kiir must go or live the country immediately. They bahr el ghazal people are supporting nonsense, if it the power is already left from you. Nuer are very strong more than you yah jang, enough is enough we leave you the money, v8 plus power.

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    • 1 January 14:04, by Bentiu son

      Hellonearth bravo I agreed with you,IGAD body had been diluted by Yoweri Museveni’s speech.How comes IGADD members till now didn’t condemn Museveni speech so for us to see their neutrality.Museveni sent his troops n warplanes to bombed Dr Machar’s forces while IGADD kept silent.What a conspiracy n regional lobying against Nuer tribes? No cessation of hostilities,or power share with Kiir anymore

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    • 1 January 20:32, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Dr. Defector Riek believes that killing the largest tribe to become the President of South Sudan of many tribes would make him become a flag bearer. No way. Do the math again Dr. Defector. The track record of your violence since 1991-2013/2014 would never impose you on the dreamed Nuer State, leave alone South Sudan. South Sudan knows who and who to vote for, not a coup addict.

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      • 1 January 20:33, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Dr. Defector Riek believes that killing the largest tribe to become the President of South Sudan of many tribes would make him become a flag bearer. No way. Do the math again Dr. Defector. The track record of your violence since 1991-2013/2014 would never impose you on the dreamed Nuer State, leave alone South Sudan. South Sudan knows who and who to vote for, not a coup addict.

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    • 2 January 08:55, by Mayom County Boy

      No ceasefire to be allow ,anless Kiir run away from power .

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  • 1 January 08:12, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Kiir made a biggest mistake in his life. He was given everything but he felt complacent and throw everything into the sea. He was given a place in history to make good name for himself and live anywhere in South Sudan without watching his back. But now, he created a situation where he will never be secure; he is going to be afraid of his own shadow for the rest of his life, even in his own village

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  • 1 January 08:18, by Tutbol

    Keep dreaming, You choose the wrong people to be your political evil friend, the UK, the US, but they have a chance in our S Sudan. Propaganda is has never been our peoples, ways of fighting wars. Riek Machar, no matter how much, his evil friends in the UK or the US think he is a respected guy that they can use against the S Sudanese.....

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  • 1 January 09:10, by Marco Bul

    There is no winner in this war.Ceasefire and dialogue are the available alternatives.
    I urge rebels to be smart this time.Don’t make it a Dinka and Nuer issue.Riek wants to be a president to all S Sudanes regardless of tribes.
    All sides have hands in this crisis.

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  • 1 January 10:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The best solution to this war would be a call for national constitutional conference to map a way forward for real construction of a real, just, non-corrupt, multi-ethnic nation with institutions made up of all the faces of South Sudan based on what they know and not whom you know in the government. Not until then peace will be hard to restore in this beautiful nation of ours.

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    • 1 January 13:35, by Tutbol

      ...Our S Sudanese people don’t believe, the Australia.

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