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S. Sudan cancels IGAD summit as Ethiopia voices concern over Uganda’s role


January 21, 2014 (JUBA/ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese government announced today the cancellation of a regional meeting that was scheduled for Thursday in Juba citing the upcoming African Union (AU) summit later this month.

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A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier guards the airport in Malakal on 21 January 2014 (Photo: REUTERS/Andreea Campean)

Heads of state and governments as well as representatives from the international organizations and foreign diplomats were expected to participate at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit which authorities said was dedicated to discussing the unfolding political crisis in the world’s newest nation.

“I would like to confirm that the president had just announced cancellation of the summit at the ambassadorial meeting because of the African Union meeting which is planned to take place in Addis Ababa”, Mawien Makol, spokesperson for South Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

The IGAD foreign ministers meeting which was planned to be held on Wednesday, a day ahead of the leaders’ meeting is also cancelled.

Mediators have not yet commented on why the two meetings were cancelled. No new timetable was announced.

The summit was expected to specifically push the two warring parties to sign a ceasefire agreement as ongoing peace talks in neighboring Ethiopia continue to stall.

South Sudanese political rivals on Tuesday began direct talks on the second and sensitive issue of releasing political prisoners after wrapping up discussions on cessation of hostilities.


The two sides have concluded the prime issue of cessation of hostilities after managing to narrow their differences on the wording of the draft text prepared by IGAD mediators.

Rebel negotiators on Tuesday confirmed to Sudan Tribune that they have accepted the final proposal on cessation of hostilities but still expressed reservations on Uganda military intervention. They revealed that they have filed complaint on this to IGAD.

South Sudan government negotiators have yet to say whether they will accept the cessation of hostilities proposal.

The direct talks on the release of political prisoners begin today after South Sudan government key negotiators including Minister of Information, Michael Makuei returned to Addis Ababa from Juba last night along with head of IGAD mediation team, former Ethiopian foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin.

There was no sign of development on talks today’s over the release of the 11 pro-rebel political figures who remain detained in Juba on suspicion of links to an alleged coup attempt last month.

The venue of talks was moved today from the luxurious Addis Ababa Sheraton Hotel to the newly opened Saro-Maria hotel near Addis Ababa Bole international Airport.


Uganda’s military intervention in South Sudan is being considered as another major setback to the efforts of quickly resolving political crises in South Sudan, says an official in Addis Ababa.

“We see Uganda’s military intervention as an emerging obstacle to the peace process” Ethiopian official at Ministry of foreign Affairs told Sudan Tribune on a condition of anonymity.

He further stressed that this is preventing both sides from reaching a peace deal.

“Uganda’s role in south Sudan is not helping in any way to the peace process. It only is complicating the situation” the official said adding that “Uganda’s move could be labeled as contrary to the IGAD-led mediation efforts”.

As IGAD chair and a host nation of the peace talks, Ethiopia is not happy with Uganda’s unilateral move which is also a member of the regional bloc.

IGAD leaders are expected to discuss the Uganda’s “negative role” in the coming days, said the official.

The ongoing peace talks were dealt a setback after Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni admitted last week that his army was involved in battle along with South Sudan army (SPLA) against forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar.

Rebel negotiators later today accused Juba of seeking a way out from signing a ceasefire because they don’t want Ugandan troops to pull out from South Sudan.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune, an observer said government forces have recaptured all rebel held towns of Bentiu, Malakal and Bor and that signing truce might now be seen by Juba government as “meaningless”.


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  • 22 January 2014 03:14, by George Bol

    Rebel/traitors of Riek Machar will be cornered to Nasir whereby SPLA will collect the remainders. Many surrender to UNMIS compound in Bor.Why Nuer like to provoke and latter surrender? How many rebellion Nuer made without surrendering? ofcourse none.Ngundeng is course to Nuer as you can see many nuer went to hell in those battles.

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    • 22 January 2014 04:50, by Sundayw

      To Traitors like Riek, this will be the end of your journey. We the patriots are in this for the long haul. We never switched sides even when the jellabah had the upper hand. Why in the world would we imagine an insignificant section of SPLM win. It is all in the long run. Let’s meet in UNS and Waddah, Jonglei etc. We know the U.S. is trying to get you a favorable peace when you should be hanged.

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      • 22 January 2014 12:39, by choldit

        Really u are shameless pple! How cld u think of Nuer as less heros if u can sold ss to Uganda, Rwanda n others for the protection of Dinka tribe from Nuer. Why do u think mrs. Kirr Museveni refused to send UPDF back if u really think u are men? Plse don’t make noise here. Bor is recaptured by UPDF as they announced it. Did u negate that? Of course no! U will go down in the history of ss ascowardic

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        • 22 January 2014 14:47, by Muorcienggok

          It is unfortunate for you guys to believe Nuer can defeat Dinka, to be truthful you were dislodged from Juba, Bentiu and Malakal regardless of serious mobilization of civilians by Riek, i think you must be aware that other organized forces such as the police,wildlife,prison and fire fighters have all rebelled let alone the army which was 60% Nuer malitias but still you were defeated in ur areas

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        • 22 January 2014 14:55, by Muorcienggok

          It is unfortunate for you guys to believe Nuer can defeat Dinka, to be truthful you were dislodged from Juba, Bentiu and Malakal regardless of serious mobilization of civilians by Riek, i think you must be aware that other organized forces such as the police,wildlife,prison and fire fighters have all rebelled let alone the army which was 60% Nuer malitias but still you were defeated in ur areas

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        • 22 January 2014 15:04, by Muorcienggok

          Choldit if a quarter of Dinka in the army can defeat you in your areas do you think you guys are really heroes, it is kiir who saved you had it been somebody else to accept the fight along tribal don’t you think the whole Upper Nile would Dinkas land which would be a genocide which is stupid thing to do.

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          • 22 January 2014 17:57, by choldit

            Are u a SS national? Becoze if u are u shldn’t talk abt Nuer being defeated in those towns becoze u and I know it is UPDF, kirr-Nuer(Hoth Mai in Juba, Gony Beliu in Malakal, Buay Rolnyany in Renk, Bapiny Munytiel in Bentiu), other Spla forces frm Dinka and othe Spla frm other 62 tribes of ss. U are a shame to this nation becoze u sold it to Uganda for ur protection from Nuer. This is

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          • 22 January 2014 18:06, by choldit

            a truth known world wide that u have no regard for ss but looting public resource. Where in this planet earth that money canbe stool in the presidential office by the presidential employees and the investigation out come shld be admin discipline? Where a president shld pregnants underage girls include in the huruches? Where in the world president must have all the female govt ministers his concub

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          • 22 January 2014 18:16, by choldit

            continue plse his concubines? Where in the planet earth the president is this and that, u name it respected readers. Mr Muorcienggok shamelessly claimed Mrs. President Kirr Museveni safe the Nuer who do u think ordered the massacre of Nuer in Juba? Marial Cinoung? Held no! It is the commander in chief of ss army mrs president Kirr Museveni. It is him who ordered Pual Malong Awan have repeatedly

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          • 22 January 2014 18:25, by choldit

            try to attack the residents of Nuer leaders still in the system like repeated attacks at Thomas Duoth Guet, Hoth Mai, Charles Lam and countless attackes in the hotels where Nuer armies and politicians still in ur dinkas system. And last but not the less, shld u push harder with ur mercineries Ugandans u will face the very worsth option the Nuer will resort to. This will includes opting for a

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          • 22 January 2014 18:32, by choldit

            separate state for Nuer and those other democratic tribes n subtribes in Jonglei, Malakal n Bentiu. So plse choose ur words and actions with care becoze what had happened is a starting. By the way the point in cessation of hostility that ban telling of Kirr’s shames to the world must be omitted. Dinka shameful actions in ss must be known the world.

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    • 22 January 2014 04:53, by Paul Chadrack

      the big war will start soon with intervention of ethiopia and sudan on the rebel side. who will be uganda compare to these two big powers and kenya with international community on their site?. the whole so call south sudan government will end up in the ICC soon.

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      • 22 January 2014 06:17, by Mi diit

        Good, don’t sign the ceasefire because we will recapture all those towns in a week including Juba. Now you cry because Ethiopia wants your god-fathers, the Ugandan army to leave, and leave you cowards with no choice but to run after them in Uganda. We will be happy for both you sell-outs and the Ugandan foreigners to go away and leave South Sudan to us soon.

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        • 22 January 2014 09:25, by mathem jech amer

          Mi diit
          In Malakal and Bentiu no Ugandas, if you think the Ugandans are your husbands that you feared, why did you run away from Malakal where fighters are pure South Sudanese?

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      • 22 January 2014 14:06, by what the hell

        what happen to 09 of January, we have past the independent Day of Nuygate which they thing was the right day for south sudan, which I call it Nuyngdeng day

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      • 22 January 2014 15:13, by Muorcienggok

        SPLA fought Nuer and the whole Arab world who backed Khartoum but it was not defeated, what do you think Sudan and Ethiopia are to SPLA, a traitor will always believe in destroying his own country, South Sudan is not a garden without the owner to just walk into, try it but you will urinate like bats people who liberated this country are still there.

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    • 22 January 2014 07:17, by dengdanger

      @ George Bol whose are the traiders now our government is full of traiders for example Telar Deng , Aleu Ayany are traiders they use to Call Slava Kiir dictator even they left the party and join to create SPLM Dc after that they came back and they are killing innocent people , so tell me who are the traiders

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    • 22 January 2014 09:38, by Dr Manago

      No No No more talks with rebels, why do we waste time and resources in these meaningless talks when they are already defeated by our SPLA gallan forces, it will be up to the rebels to decide whether to surrender to ligitimate government of South Sudan or remain in bushes and be sharing wild fruits with monkeys. The next important step after the defeat is to put capital punishment against 11 coup detenees.

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    • 22 January 2014 12:16, by Bungachier 50

      George Bol! Your comment is not fair my brother. Inciting war will not take us any where. Mark my words, no any single party will wine this war, unless people table the issues and discuss them amicably.

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    • 22 January 2014 20:35, by NO PEACE

      Where is brave dinka bor in this fighting?
      what de fuck a president!

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  • 22 January 2014 05:16, by Jubawe

    South Sudan Government just put them in a place where child can not behave like that, President Kirr just lost mind by criticia UN Bon Ki Mon and the entire international Community, what kind of President is that, Poor South Sudan with unexperience leaders cattle raiders include Kirr, President Kirr please Step Down don’t embrass us to the extend that world doesn’t repect people of South Sudan

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  • 22 January 2014 05:23, by Jubawe

    Ethiapion and Sudan Yesterday gave warn to President Kirr to withdraw Ugandan troop from south Sudan otherwise they gave three option
    1-shorter 2015 election to this year
    2- Support opposition parties
    3- Support Rebels
    Thus WHY Kirr Cancel IGAD meeting for tommorrow.

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  • 22 January 2014 05:27, by papamoon

    South Sudan will never be the same again.

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  • 22 January 2014 06:50, by Majongdit

    Any attempt by international community to force Sudan to support rebels will immediately plunge the two countries into abyss. But Sudan may suffer even more. The scenario may be that SRF rebels get supported by Juba. The best Sudan should do is to stay neutral in this war.

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    • 22 January 2014 15:31, by Oppressor

      Don’t worry we Sudanese are not in mood to fight / intervene in South coz eather kirr or Machar the oil will not stop & in both scenarios we will get money & the SAF bullets are saved to kill SRF only not Janoubeen...

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  • 22 January 2014 06:55, by dengdanger

    My message to slave Kiir is to stop Immediately to listen to M7 , Telar Deng , Aleu Ayany , Paul malong wan , koul manyang juk , mamur , and that stupid illiterate causin of his makiir guy do u know makiir use to cook an sale cows feed in 2006 for A living Ahahahah and now.is kiir advicer hahaha it’s a damn shame

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  • 22 January 2014 07:07, by dengdanger

    I hard slave Kiir and his thugs were heavily drinking last night went they find out that the rest of the world is on to them especially Ethiopia is not happy about uganda , and these fools think drinking will solve this situation the are in hahahahahaha incompetents wil be on their way out of this beautiful country soon we are tide of them

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  • 22 January 2014 07:12, by dinkdong

    So Ethiopians are supporting the rebels, huh? It is now a issue.

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  • 22 January 2014 07:30, by Axios

    I’ve never been one for tribalism, but it’s honestly becoming difficult to refrain one’s self from disdaining Nuer people. You destroy, loot,& kill when we as a people should be applying this year towards the development of our nation. There should be a mass disarmament once this conflict is resolved & zero reintegration.

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    • 22 January 2014 19:27, by Aguj-raan

      I totally I agree with you Axios It was a big mistake integrating militias in national army and giving them big positions like division commanders, from now and on the government should make it harder for nuer people to join the army, cause they’re mentally retarded and an predictable, look at the total destruction they caused to RSS economy and drove away all the investors from RSS. Shame on them

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  • 22 January 2014 10:34, by Sudan virus

    Exactly what is the objective/vision of the IGAD?Does it what encourage rebellion in the African nations or what?
    I think, supporting a neighboring country to counter rebellion like what Uganda is doing currently to South Sudan is a kind of Cooperation between African countries to ensure peace in the region.
    Instead join hands with UG.and SS.to bring back peace in this African new nation.

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  • 22 January 2014 10:40, by Sudan virus

    If this is the case, i will also pick AK47 and jump to the bush to fight Rack in case IGAD helps him take power by Gun because i am confident IGAD and UN will help me.
    Instead of supporting elected government IGAD is supporting self proclaimed government which is breaking the virginity of democracy in South Sudan.

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    • 22 January 2014 19:50, by choldit

      Sudan virus,
      U must be a virus to Sudan really! if u look very carefully u wld see that IGAD is in president Mrs. Kirr Museveni side firmly. That meeting wld make it clear that no more IGAD becoze the member states shld have go on sides with Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya on pro-democratic side of Dr. Machar but ugand and her bullable guys shld go on pro-tyranny govt of Mrs. Kirr Museveni n face ICC

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  • 22 January 2014 12:53, by kimo

    the parenting role of uganda in south sudan is harmful in the long run,the dictator museveni wants to colonize south sudan economically/commercially,he had this intention since time cpa was signed,he liquidated late john garang because grang was the kind of persons that can be easily dominated

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  • 22 January 2014 12:53, by kimo

    the parenting role of uganda in south sudan is harmful in the long run,the dictator museveni wants to colonize south sudan economically/commercially,he had this intention since time cpa was signed,he liquidated late john garang because grang was the kind of persons that can be easily dominated

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  • 22 January 2014 20:50, by bianaathling

    very good discussion on sudan tribune is not f0r playing is just to tell the world the trust and weakness things that u are seeing by your eyes and we nuer we are not telling lies. my point is that our southern sudanesse President m7 and his vice-president Salva whisky KIIR MAYADIT let talk about the suspension of IGAD MEETING IN ETHIOPIA.WE SHALL FINISH THEM ONE BY ONE AND WAIT U WILL SEE

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