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January 10, 2014 (JUBA) – The United States on Thursday called for "immediate cessation of hostilities" between South Sudan’s warring parties to end nearly a month of violence that has engulfed the country.

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US national security advisor Susan Rice (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

In a statement, the White House’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, said both rebel-leader Riek Machar and South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, have “the obligation […] to ensure that the lives of their people and future of their young country [are] not marred by violence.”

"Mr Machar, in particular, must commit to a cessation of hostilities without precondition", Rice stressed.

Violent clashes erupted in the South Sudan capital, Juba in mid-December and later spread to parts of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states between the army and rebels loyal to Machar.

The escalation of the conflict prompted regional leaders from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to initiate direct talks between the two warring parties.

The rebels had, initially, demanded the immediate release of the nine politicians detained by government in Juba in connection with the violence as a precondition for talks to progress.

"His [Machar] continued insistence on the release of detainees as a pre-condition for cessation of hostilities is unacceptable and runs counter to the express will of the detainees who informed the IGAD mediators that their status should not impede reaching an agreement on cessation of hostilities", partly reads Rice’s statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

She, however, added that peace talks should continue, although the U.S "is disappointed that the detainees are still being held by government".

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  • 11 January 06:29, by Gabriel KK

    Yes dialogue must go ahead without conditions or else Riek should be subjected to ICC invastigations for this second genocide. Shame on him greedy traitor!

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    • 11 January 08:43, by Deng Tut

      Your idiot President Salva Kiir is going to face the ICC for the crimes he committed against the innocent Civilians Nuer, Dr. Machar is fighting for sack of Democracy for all tribes and Your dump President Kiir is fighting to control South Sudanese, he became a first dictatorship in the youngest new nation. The Government Agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings and you will pay price.

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  • 11 January 06:53, by Marco Bul

    I don’t know what Nuer is fighting for.They have been talking of mighty Nuer against all.What if they were muslims?? They could have been suicide bombers.
    They don’t meaningful lives to live.

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  • 11 January 07:21, by Anna

    Why is the West not recognizing the coup? What are their analysts analyzing? Just look at the facts: rumors and propaganda are not "facts".

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  • 11 January 07:23, by Marco Bul

    Kim Ngøth
    What do want you wild fruit eaters?? You will be pacify by regional army very soon.Keep on dragging your feet in Addis Ababa.Të lenë Jiëëng en maan and throw away "køn køøc",you will be extinct.Some Nuer clans will be forgotten.

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    • 11 January 08:52, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      ST should be honest enough to describe pressure. It is "never global pressure," it’s global use of violence orchestrated by Dr. Fool Riek Machar to transfer power by force, using one tribe whom some of them came from Diaspora (USA, Canada, Australia and Europe) like Al-Qaeda operatives just to lose their lives for violently attempting to install Riek into power. What a farce?

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      • 11 January 08:52, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        Every sovereign country on this planet has its constitution. If President Salva Kiir Mayardit were Sadam Hussein, Kim Jong Un (who recently killed his uncle for treason in N. Korea) or Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, would these detained ex-ministers still be breathing fresh air today while the forces allied to the very leader they support have mercilessly destroyed Bor, Akobo, Malakal and Bentiu?

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        • 11 January 08:53, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          Why should every concerned country or individual wait and see how the legal procedure will be used against the detainees based on the level of participation or not? This is not the time to talk about release but about investigation, possible prosecution and sentencings so that rallying tribal forces to be President of South Sudan come to an end.

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          • 11 January 08:53, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            We have many tribes in South Sudan keeping cattle but we would like to see how they perform or interact ethnically, politically, and socially with other tribes. Most Nuer, regardless of education, are making Nuer tribe top the list of "ethnic destruction index" (EDI) according to the survey conducted recently. All fingers point at the leader Riek Machar Teny and his associates since 1991.

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            • 11 January 08:54, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              Riek knows perfectly well how political power can be democratically transferred; he even preaches democracy publicly but privately uses violence at the end of the day as a mechanism to assume power by force. If he couldn’t do it in Khartoum when he was there or in 1991, why would he think that he could succeed in the RSS?

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              • 11 January 08:54, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                Which tribe in South Sudan has no record of being warriors? How and why did almost every tribe become warriors before and after colonial period? The Holy Bible in Isaiah 8:18 did not say Nuer are warriors and the word "tallest, dark skin people" is never limited to Nuer but all Nilotic. Before colonial period muscles were flexed in defense of a tribe, but things change later for defense of country

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                • 11 January 08:55, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Dr. Fool Riek Machar is illusively educated but lives in the past, Stone Age era. His followers are competitively demonstrating their idiotic, devilish, absurd, primitive...., name the rest, please Kim Deng, Omoni Jr. Malakal County Girl, etc. Why is it difficult to transform from Stone Age thinking into modern intuition. Living in the Diaspora didn’t even change the mindset of most Nuer. Why?

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                  • 11 January 08:55, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    Why not other tribe? Alfred Ladu Gore of Bari/Juba Nabari said during election of Aril 2010 that "if he wins election, non-Bari should leave Juba." Popular opinion said No. No way. He lost to Clement Wani Konga. Ladu Gore is living in the past; he does not look, talk/walk politician. He lacks leadership qualities. He’s imitating Dr. Fool Riek Machar, hoping all Bari speakers would follow him.

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                    • 11 January 08:56, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                      Alfred Ladu Gore lost election like his detained colleagues. Almost 90% of them lost election but insist on being ministers for life without thinking that they will be recycled tomorrow as was the case. This time things will be different. During the war Late Dr. John Garang’s warning proved prophetic that “Sudan will never be the same again.” Likewise, South Sudan will never be the same again.

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                      • 11 January 08:56, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                        To those who follow Dr. Fool Riek Machar Teny, remember that South Sudan will never be the same again in light of the recent failed coup attempt. Either you are with us or with Riek who will go tomorrow without political legacy in the history of South Sudan. Dr. John Garang forgave him; President Salva may forgive him but "history will never forgive Riek" for the past or another future EDI.

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                        • 11 January 11:44, by Chol A.

                          That’s brother some Nuer intellectual think like chicken and only aim for leadership as they behave like only warriors in South Sudan. They will this time been suffering with endless sickness known as shame within Ross tribes neither of us will never trust them because they spy enemy around us.

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                          • 11 January 18:39, by Deng Tut

                            only Dinka as whole think like chicken, yes Nuer are only warriors and men in this Land; Dinka are women; they couldn;t resist and confront Nuer with fighting. that is why they went to brought another nations to help them; but Nuer will fight them all, we will give them a lession sooner, Malakal and Unite State will be recapture within some hours from now.

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              • 11 January 18:49, by Deng Tut

                Dr. Riek Machar and the whole Nuer nation are going to overthrow you Government. this Goverment is practices masses killing, the new goverment will be start in Juba very sooner and all the institution which was occuping by only Dinka will be replace by different tribes. Dinka can’t rule this Country any more, they are looters, food lover, they are people who couldn’t share any food with other.

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    • 12 January 05:55, by Reconciliation

      The American gov,t under the leadership of Obama should give an appology to our government for the intervention into our country affairs.failure to do that,then our will now be in a position to look for other good friends like North Korea and Israel.And say to hell with US.

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      • 12 January 06:02, by Reconciliation

        Because why did Obama called for the release criminals?there are more than a thousands of prisoners in US and they are being release. Americans are the trouble-makers on this earth and should punish them for the crimes they have committed world wide.

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