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January 11, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese president Salva Kiir said on Saturday that any attempt to impose sanctions against his government would undermine efforts to end the current conflict.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir speaks after meeting with Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 (AP/ Ali Ngethi)

“We have already accepted in principle to cease hostilities and engage in dialogue without preconditions. We are now ready for ceasefire. If the other side reciprocates, we will certainly implement the agreement", a senior government official quoted Kiir as saying.

The senior member of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) claimed president Kiir is disappointed by calls from the international community on his government to release nine political detainees, held since three weeks for an alleged coup d’état.

Kiir has said he is unwilling to release detainees until it is proven they are not responsible for causing the violence in Juba that began on December 15 between members of the Presidential Guards.

The detainees and those who have rebelled against the government all deny Kiir’s claims that the clashes were an attempted coup. The rebel’s delegation to talks in Addis Ababa have for over a week demanded that the detainees are released before a ceasefire can be agreed.

"The president told the secretary-general of the United Nations Friday that he would work with the mediators and the international community to bring peace and stability in the country", the senior official reaffirmed on Saturday.

Last week, the mediators from the East African regional bloc the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development visited the detainees in Juba, receiving assurances from them that their status should not be a barrier to ceasing hostilities.

The official further pledged that "the government will release the detainees once the legal processes are completed. Their release should not hold talks. It should also not be used as a pressure on the government."

"Releasing them without legal processes would breach the constitution and our laws", he added.

The UN Security Council, secretary general Ban Ki-moon and different American officials openly demanded president Salva Kiir to release the nine political detainees but also said their detention should not prevent the ongoing talks from reaching a cessation of hostilities.

According to Reuters, American administration is considering individual sanctions against South Sudanese officials seen as blocking efforts to reach a peaceful agreement or committing atrocities and war crimes.

This step shows the disenchantment and discontent of US administration which is the main political and economic supporter of the young nation. "Washington realises it has no leverage in South Sudan", said an observer in Juba.

The deputy speaker of South Sudan’s national legislative assembly, Mark Nyipuoc, told Sudan Tribune that the government was acting in accordance with the interest of the people and the constitution.

"It is up to certain people to dictate decisions. The international community should focus on efforts to make the other side accept cessation of hostilities instead of issuing threats", he said.

The "solution to end this situation must come from our people", he said, pointing out that the government has formed a committee to communicate what the "government is doing to ensure peace prevails in the country."

Juba’s efforts to bring an end to the conflict "should be complimented" and not met with the threat of sanctions, Nyipuoc said.

Last Thursday, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on South Sudan crisis that she had "not seen any evidence that this was a coup attempt, but it certainly was the result of a huge political rift between Riek Machar and the president."

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  • 12 January 06:49, by George Bol

    Nuer, you stepped on Salva Kiir tail knowing but time to understand mistake and for years,you will begin differentiating between good and bad.

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  • 12 January 07:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I praised the government for two issues
    1. Consideration of sanction if international bodies use to threat the government of Republic of South Sudan of impose sanction to current regime.
    2. The warning issued by president Kiir to international and posible evidence of international organizations of supporting Riak Machar rebellion. I hope the government will stick of denying the release of detain

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    • 12 January 07:40, by jijury

      SALVA KIIR’S GOVERNANCE ONLY MAKE SENSE TO HIS INEPT BAHR AL GAZAL FOLLOWERS.

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  • 12 January 07:27, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Hahaha! What a powerful statement by toothless government? Kiir’s government is just like a baby with four teeth but decided to bit his/her mother’s nipple. Next day if the mother decides not to breastfeed the baby, it will starve to death. Stubborn for nothing, where is Sadam Hussein with his mighty power? Where is Gadhafi of Libya with his money and Gold? Who is Kiir compared to these leaders?

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  • 12 January 07:34, by Knight In Shining Armor

    His own tribe’s men are running from front-line like women but, they really have big mouth. You created the war and incited Jongle son’s against each other while your clan’s men are congregated in Juba. You know the mighty power of Bor sons and you want use them to fight the war for you while you are feasting with your kinsmen in Juba.

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  • 12 January 07:40, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. Ask M7 to prepare you a dispatcher helicopter when Bor sons decided to turn their back to you. The same thing in Unite State, you sent all the Nuer sons to go and fight each other. Majority of troops that went to recapture Bentiu are Nuer. How long do you think you are going to keep on fooling people. You are trying to reduce their number so that you can conger them in the end ha?

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  • 12 January 07:44, by Knight In Shining Armor

    Cont. This game you are playing with others are not going to last long Mr. president, they are going to discover your dirty plans and turn against you very soon. The best thing to do is to prepare an escape route...

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  • 12 January 08:12, by allan

    TO dengdager u are such pussy like i said yesterday if u scared u need to stay in church we bahre el ghazal people we dont like another men look at u n think his brave than u we dont take that shit it we will fight our war no one need u so stay the fuck away

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  • 12 January 08:19, by lakoda

    Salva Kiir is gone case, brainless president.

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  • 12 January 08:51, by Marco Bul

    Oh!! I can see Kiir end coming.Who is he to warn global bodies.Release them and let them decide whose side they want now.There will be nothing left for global bodies to justify their meddling.

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  • 12 January 10:02, by 4Justice

    Can you please throw away those occultic rings in your fingers. You visited a Witch Doctor in the past for Occultic powers, Witchraft is bad for you, it has distroyed your Soul mind and spirit. Seek Deliverance immediately!

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  • 12 January 12:24, by Black Africa

    How do you feel when they look at you like an animal because the way you behave, Mr President. I know don’t care, because if you care ; you would have resigned.

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  • 12 January 14:51, by Black Africa

    Look at CAR. President, Michaels failed to create peaceful evaroment between Muslims and Christians. Because he loves his people and his country, he decide to resigns for the sake of his people.But look at our president, I think he is dumb , he doesn’t care when his own people are dying as long he is the president.

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  • 12 January 14:59, by Black Africa

    Reik Machar, we the people of South Sudan, we don’t need you to be our President. When we look at your history, we don’t trust you.

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  • 12 January 17:11, by Ankh

    No sir! The global powers warn you.

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