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Machar sticks to conditions for cessation of hostilities in South Sudan


January 14, 2014 (NAIROBI) - Former South Sudanese vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, said his troops would not stop fighting unless Juba releases the political detainees and the Ugandan forces are withdrawn from the country.

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South Sudanese army soldier stands near belongings thrown on the street of Malakal town, Dece 30, 2013 after retaking the town from rebel fighters. (Photo Reuters/James Akena)

Regional mediators flanked by the US special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan met last Saturday 11 January with Machar, attempting to persuade him to support a draft agreement for the cessation of hostilities which remains the immediate concern for the international community before political talks.

We "will not sign a ceasefire with the government unless foreign troops of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), which he added are "now taking part in the fighting for president Salva Kiir are withdrawn from South Sudan and the political detainees allied to him are released", he told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

"If such demands are met," Machar said, “only then can the two sides further discuss the root causes of the political misunderstandings which internally originated from the ruling party of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)", he emphasised.

No progress was noticed Tuesday in Addis Ababa in the ongoing talks between the two delegations, as the government of president Salva Kiir refuses to release the 11 political detainees including former SPLM secretary general Pagan Amum, Deng Alor, former minister of cabinet affairs, Oyai Deng Ajak, former minister for national security among others.

Machar said the detainees are member of his negotiating team for the next step of the talks. The current delegation in Addis Ababa is led by the former governor of Unity state Taban Deng.

The fighting between the two rival groups of the SPLM started on 15 December when units of the presidential guards clashed on the basis of their ethnic groups in which the Dinka fought against the Nuer.

The violence fitted the Dinka against the Nuer, although thousands of Nuer soldiers are believed to be fighting on the side of President Kiir including their commanders such as the army Chief of General Staff, Gen. James Hoth Mai, the SPLA sector II commander in Upper Nile state, Gen. Johnson Gony Biliu, besides other generals like Gen. Bapiny Monytuil and Gen. Pul Jang in Unity state.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday renewed his call on the South Sudanese parties to stop fighting and to "engage constructively with the IGAD led negotiation process".

He reaffirmed the strict impartiality of the United Nations adding that the reinforced mission in South Sudan will continue actively to protect the affected civilians.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, discussed the South Sudan conflict with the Vatican secretary of state, cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin during a meeting held in Rome on Tuesday.

"There is a large Catholic population in South Sudan. President Kiir, himself, is Catholic, and I think that our efforts over the last days could be augmented by the efforts of the Holy See (the Vatican) with respect to trying to end the violence and bring about a peaceful resolution", Kerry said after the meeting.


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  • 15 January 2014 07:26, by Deng II

    Your Traitor Riek who killed hundreds of thousands will never rule SS.Arab used him to killed his Southerners for leadership. Now he embolden because USA side with him. It let me recalled that,when Regan President of USA, he was with Sudan against John Garang,but Dr.J did prevail against the odd.Riek will never win thttp://www.worldtribune.com/2014/01/13/south-sudan-its-people-and-even-suda

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    • 15 January 2014 07:28, by Deng II

      read above website I posted. The World know what going on with you friend Obama. However, Riek will never prevail even though he with Obama. Obama will never let Raila Odingo succeed and Machar will be Raila of Kenya. You should ready the following article again,http://chimpreports.com/index.php/regional-news/s-sudan/15905-counting-cost-meaning-of-s-sudan-war-to-great-lakes-region.html

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      • 15 January 2014 07:34, by omoni jr.

        There is Nothing solid and the facts about your links-web. It is just people’s opinions,so do not take as something really proven to be the facts.

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        • 15 January 2014 07:56, by Mi diit

          No ceasefire with incompetent Kiir. We will dislodge him from Juba soon and follow him in Kampala with his partner-in-crime, dictator Museveni. We will organize Ugandan rebels and back them up to Kampala after we are done with this foolish president Salva Kiir who sold South Sudan to his husband Museveni. Tit-for-tat. Heartless Ugandans did not appreciate Dr. Machar who removed LRA from Uganda.

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          • 15 January 2014 07:58, by Mi diit

            Now the war has shifted from Jonglei state into Central Equatoria and moving close to Juba. Those Catholic delegates should not waste their time with poor Kiir. He went to Kator Catholic only to sleep with young girls, choirs and impregnated them. He is a devil in the Catholic church and should be cursed.

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          • 15 January 2014 12:15, by mathem jech amer

            Mi diit
            Thhis is just a mouth to mouth fight.You failed to secure small cities leave alone Juba where you left in great pain.You were dislodged in Bentiu and its surrounding, yesterday again dislodged at Bor, so where will you enter to Juba, through which route? Leave alone extra miles to Uganda.

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            • 15 January 2014 12:34, by Nyesi Ta

              In deed the forces of change had left Juba in great pain because Kiir’s security apparatus, made of tribal lunatics killed innocent men, women,and children from Nuer in Juba in cold blood. After this despicable and barbaric acts, international justice will one day fill the air. May the blood of the killed continue to boil till justice is achieved.

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          • 15 January 2014 21:15, by George Bol

            Nuer, stop making noise on the net- continuos the fight,the worse are not yet especially when we Dinka declare it as a peny a mok!

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        • 15 January 2014 08:22, by Deng II

          It is not opinion dude, America is supporting Dr.Doom. Open your eye and your mind includes your ass dude.

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      • 15 January 2014 07:57, by choldit

        Itchy info 4 juba:
        There is unconfirmed report that the sons of Bul Nuer (Gen. Baping Monytuel and Gen. Puljang) are now in preparation to switch sides from fighting their brothers on side of geocidal president Kirr to join pro democratic forces. This in other ways means no Nuer son will lost life in Bentiu as they have to hand it over to pro democratic forces in memory of their relatives massacr

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        • 15 January 2014 08:06, by Mi diit

          That would be great so that Salva Kiir will now pray for Warrap state. He depends on those bought Nuer officers and soldiers to fight for him in Unity and Upper Nile states. But we have big number of Nuer forces in Greater Bahr el Ghazal ready to open up a new front in the back yard of Kiir’s homeland. But this will be after getting rid of Juba soon...

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          • 15 January 2014 08:35, by Peter Mading

            Mi diit;
            You are now hopeless not kiir any more!!!! Some of you are surrendering as of now. If you were not too greedy those Nuer General in the Government would not be given any thing in joining the rebellion rather than loosing anything they have. Second, they have children and wealth here in South Sudan unlike those traitors who have everything outside. Shame on you

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    • 15 January 2014 07:33, by Deng II

      I’m talking with Midiit.

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    • 15 January 2014 07:51, by Crude Owner

      Is America supporting south Sudanese rebels in Africa? Come on US. Stop!!! Help South Sudanese people first then get what you want later.

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  • 15 January 2014 07:34, by Paul Chadrack

    Kiir need to be force to step down like CAR former president that where will come to this country.

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    • 15 January 2014 07:36, by Darkangel

      The Single Solution To South Sudan’s Problems – The dissolution of the SPLM

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      • 15 January 2014 07:44, by Malakal county Simon

        Dr machar cannot and will never be compare, to any body like Raila Odinga of Kenya.... We the Nuer, Equatoria’s, and other minority marginalize tribes of South Sudan, must wipe-out the these greedy Dinkas people’s for defending failed illegal president, for sure this time.... Until we chase them out of South Sudan, to Uganda for the lasting peace in our country!!!! Make notes of this words..Deng 2

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        • 15 January 2014 08:13, by Chol A.

          To all nyagat, don’t celebrates yet, there is more worse to come soon. Midiit and rest you always said juba will fall soon but how you will it be since you talk about soon soon while your dr R splitter is no in hide out.

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  • 15 January 2014 08:53, by Mapuor

    There is no any justification for the change of leadership completely. The six reasons that Mr traitor gave cannot convince any rational being. The citizenry know very well Mr Riek and the disgruntled group were the most corrupt people in the government. Leadership should therefore remain in greater B G,for twenty one years, then rotate to Equatoria for another 21 years after which people

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    • 15 January 2014 08:55, by Mapuor

      sit and design a new way of sharing the power between the three regions. Power stayed in Upper Nile for twenty one years, it must do the same in the other two regions come what may. Any Satan who rejects this fairness should leave the country.

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    • 15 January 2014 08:59, by Mapuor

      sit and design a new way of sharing the power between the three regions. Power stayed in Upper Nile for twenty one years, it must do the same in the other two regions come what may. Any Satan who rejects this fairness should leave the country.

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  • 15 January 2014 09:32, by Gatluak

    Kiir the killer must admitted the Killing of innocent Nuer in Juba and resign because such a coward person can not lead the nation. It’s a curse to have a president Salva Kiir. Kiir must go..no ceases hotitilies...Fuck Kiir with all his current cabinet who doesn’t resign from the rotten government. Those are banchs of idiots.

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  • 15 January 2014 19:56, by Native Boy

    Both Govt and rebels preconditions prio to sincere political negotiations in Addis won’t takes us but to massive senceless massacre and killing of the few reminants of the 22 yr struggle for freedom for this country due to interests of one or two greedy rivals for power in the expenses of sweat teams like democracy, good governance, SPLM,ngot-ngot. Lets open up our eyes my beloved felow citizens.

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