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South Sudan peace talks stall in Ethiopia


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 8, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Direct peace talks taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, between the South Sudanese government and rebel representatives have stalled, dashing hopes of a speedy ceasefire agreement.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir holds discussions in his office in Juba with his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, on Boxing Day ahead of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa (Photo: AFP)

The two sides failed to make any progress after they were unable to break the deadlock over the release of political prisoners being held by the government in connection with an alleged fail coup attempt.

The detainees include senior figures from South Sudan’s ruling Sudan people’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), including former secretary-general Pagan Amum.

The breakdown in talks comes amid renewed fighting between government and renegade soldiers in strategic towns of the country, threatening to plunge the world’s newest nation in to an all-out civil war.


The spokesman for the rebel delegation in Ethiopia, Brigadier General Lul Raui Kong, said neighbouring Uganda has deployed more troops to South Sudan to protect major installations, including the airport.

He said the troops were deployed to South Sudan on Monday and Tuesday following a request by president Salva Kiir.

Violence broke out in South Sudan on 15 December after clashes between rival factions of the presidential guard.

Kiir has implicated his former deputy Riek Machar in the plot, with violence spreading throughout the country and dividing along tribal loyalties.

Peace talks, brokered by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), began on Tuesday, but have already been plagued by a series of delays since the negotiating teams arrived in Addis Ababa a week ago.

Rebel representatives have insisted that all prisoners be released before truce negotiations can begin - a demand repeatedly rejected by South Sudan’s government.

The two warring sides are facing mounting international pressure to resolve the conflict.


However, South Sudan maintains it is not willing to accept any rebel preconditions detrimental to negotiations seeking an end to the conflict.

South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, reiterated his government’s stance ahead of the closed-door talks, saying “We are ready for talks without conditions”.

He stressed that political detainees aligned with Machar would be required to answer the allegations as required under South Sudanese law.

Ethiopian officials said on Wednesday that the regional bloc had sent a special envoy to South Sudan for talks with government leaders on the possible release of the remaining nine political prisoners.

Meanwhile, Kong alleges that Ugandan military jets are bombing rebel-controlled areas, but Kampala denies the claims, saying its troops are not involved in the fighting.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, a close ally of Kiir, has warned Machar against rejecting the ceasefire offer, raising questions of bias.

He said if Machar failed to reach an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, IGAD member states would unite to defeat him.

The UN estimates at least 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 200,000 displaced in South Sudan’s worst-ever post-independence conflict.


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  • 9 January 2014 06:00, by omoni jr.

    fuck salva kirr and his husband m7

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    • 9 January 2014 06:22, by Deng II

      you are just desperate and give up fool. You can fuck people in internet only.

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      • 9 January 2014 06:45, by omoni jr.

        deng ll
        i can fuck you in your house too, not only on internet

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  • 9 January 2014 06:05, by mathem jech amer

    Well ceasefire is the best way to solve the problem because militarily,nobody can win,each side need to gain victory before any agreement(S.Sudan government wants to recapture Bor & Bentiu before accepting rebels demand) while rebels want to capture Malakal & Juba before agreeing,so which is which.

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    • 9 January 2014 06:35, by Knight In Shining Armor

      Mathem, all of the above are expected to happen. For now it is all about Nuer but, if this situation is not resolved quickly, more government soldiers are going to defect and join the rebels. International pressure is mounting on Uganda to withdraw its army from S. Sudan. If that happens, Kiir is done.

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  • 9 January 2014 06:42, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. The best thing for Kiir to do right now is to release those detainees and continue with peaceful negotiation; this may give him chance to remain in the office until 2015. If the talks fails, do not be surprised to hear from the international community that president Kiir lost legitimacy and should step down, and at that very moment, you will see what his today’s friends will do to him.

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    • 9 January 2014 06:57, by Deng II

      Well, if Kiir stepdown, I preferred James Hoth only, not heartless desperate leadership loon and asshole lickers lunatic so called Risky Machar, the wife of current president of Sudan so called homo-albashit.

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  • 9 January 2014 06:42, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. The best thing for Kiir to do right now is to release those detainees and continue with peaceful negotiation; this may give him chance to remain in the office until 2015. If the talks fails, do not be surprised to hear from the international community that president Kiir lost legitimacy and should step down, and at that very moment, you will see what his today’s friends will do to him.

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    • 9 January 2014 06:59, by Chol A.

      Mr knight, you cannot free your enemy when you have chance to catch him or her. Please an army who want defect to rebels can do so and Spla can still catch them too, so this dumb condition will not take you anywhere and these thug detainees cannot been release unless they are clear from this crime they are committed against nation.

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  • 9 January 2014 06:51, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. Of cause Kiir should not dream of staying in power beyond 2015; he destroyed his chance of leading the country by dirty plan to destroy his own colleagues in the SPLM. S. Sudan is not Uganda where you can threaten the people and let you get away with everything. Nobody and I mean nobody can force him/herself to rule S. Sudan by force.

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    • 9 January 2014 07:04, by wacjak

      So, if nobody can force him/herself to rule SS, what is your traitor Machar doing? Brainless idiot. Machar has lost his chance of ever becoming the head of this nation. Let that get into his pig head as well as to his tribal supporters. Rebels were confident of defeating the govt within days, now what happened? All they want is release of their traitors so that they can run out of this Country.

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  • 9 January 2014 06:55, by Simbaya Afrika

    Some people here are talking rubbish. If this was the real war, where will the Nuer rebel get reinforcement to fight the SPLA?

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  • 9 January 2014 07:16, by wisemen.

    Macher was in power with President Silva Kiir for all the time ,what has he done so that people can remember him?
    if President silva Kiir is corrupted he is too corrupted
    after all Dinka and Nuer are all south sudanese and SPLM/SPLA

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  • 9 January 2014 07:30, by hamil

    Where has the Unity gone by brothers and sisters, the words in the National Anthem make no meaning at all now,where is the love for the Nation if we are destroying it. We need peace and love amongst ourselves regardless of our tribes. ONE SOUTH SUDAN, ONE LOVE

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  • 9 January 2014 07:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Only i thanks my president H. E Gen. Salva Kiir for demanding talks of peace to be remove from Addis Ababa to Juba such that to release political detainee to participate in peace talk with government and take back to prision during evening hours. Many thanks Mr. President.

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  • 9 January 2014 10:27, by Axios

    Unity State is now under SPLA control. So much for that taking Juba in 24 hours nonsense.

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    • 9 January 2014 21:37, by lakoda

      You will feel in pain when you heard , how we fuck you in Bentiu. We are following you up to Congo man

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  • 9 January 2014 21:32, by Jubawe

    South Sudan is a fail State with no question, Government should stop using propaganda we need help from international community to set a basic system to our nation, Those of Kirr government deny the truth while people are suffering, We need
    1- new constitution,
    2- Parliment should debate free without fear,
    3- politician should pratic their job without fear
    4- Non Army President
    5- national Army

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  • 9 January 2014 21:42, by Jubawe

    The whole world known truth why President Kirr is keeping all detainees senior Politician inside, international Community already S South is a fail state, Kirr doesn’t want to admit the truth, the detainees try to proof to the world but Kirr abuse them not to practic their job, Kirr abusing all the parties not to speak against the Government, using Ugandan advice to lead the nation.

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  • 9 January 2014 21:53, by Jubawe

    FOR our Country to success, President should stop listening to
    1- stop Uganda advice
    2- Stop Uneducate Advisory
    3- stop Bashir Advice
    4- stop look at ethic Background
    5- Stop Ethic solders
    6- Stop abusing Politician
    7- Stop Corruption
    8- Stop Weakness Ministers
    9- Stop weakers Parliement
    10.Stop greediness to position
    11.Stop abusing Constitution
    12.Stop delay Salary
    13.stop Somalian traders

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