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S. Sudan rebels concerned over lack of representation at AU summit


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 29, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian officials on Wednesday assured South Sudan rebels not to be concerned for not being represented at the Africa Union leaders’ summit at which the crisis in South Sudan is among top on agenda for discussion.

Addis Ababa made the assurances after rebel negotiators, who were alarmed at late hours, Wednesday made a request at the Ethiopian foreign ministry to take part at the Africa head of states and governments summit which is due to commence on Thursday.

The rebels were concerned that the South Sudan government delegation led by president kiir might at the summit make complaints and accusations against rebels taking their absence as an advantage.

South Sudan president Salva Kiir is slated to deliver a speech at the opening session tomorrow.

The rebels were trying to prevent the summit hears a one side story until they received guarantee from Ethiopian officials this afternoon.

"Ethiopian officials told me that it will not be the government of the republic of South Sudan to raise the issue though President Kiir is scheduled to have a speech," Bor Gatwech, an MP and Humanitarian Liaison Officer for SPLM/A In Opposition here in Addis Ababa told Sudan Tribune.

South Sudan Issue will be debated in the Summit as a report from the regional mediators.

"Technically, the Summit will be debating and eventually endorsing the report of the mediators. So they [Ethiopian officials] assure me that there is nothing to worry about even if not represented at the Summit," Gatwech added.

Despite a cease fire agreement signed last week between South Sudan government and rebel group led by former vice president, Riek Machar, fighting has continued in parts of South Sudan with both sides repeatedly trading accusation of violating the peace pact aimed to end weeks of violence.

South Sudan government information Minister, Michael Makuei, on Wednesday accused rebels of continuing to violate ceasefire agreement.

"The ceasefire agreement is defective" said Makuei.

He further accused regional mediators of failure to come up with a monitoring mechanism in time and as a result he said "rebels have used this opportunity to violate and attack government forces"

"They [rebels] have actually put our forces in a defensive position" he added.

As part of the broader peace pact signed in Addis Ababa last Thursday, the South Sudanese government has released 7 of the 11 political prisoners who had been detained with alleged accusation of having links with a "coup attempt".

The release of political detains comes about two days ahead of the continental summit which the issue of political prisoners is expected to be touched by IGAD mediators.

Fighting which broke out in mid December between forces loyal to president Salva Kiir and those rebels backing to ex-vice president Riek Machar, has killed thousands and forced an estimated half a million people flee their home.


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  • 30 January 2014 10:58, by Malakal county Simon

    Kiir has turns down AU summit, follow the link below....What’s a shame!!

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    • 30 January 2014 11:43, by Johndumo14

      The only way peace can returned to south sudan if Dr Riek Machar and his commanders,are eliminated,since 1983 up to now
      they don`t dream of peace and development,they the Nuer dream of war against the Dinkas.They must learn from other tribes i south sudan.South sudan`s enemies are happy to see we fight between ourselves.Riek will be in hiding,for the rest of his life like Joseph Konyi.

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    • 30 January 2014 11:54, by omoni jr.

      AU should not allow tyrant and murderer slava kiir to deliver any speech during the Au summit meeting. There is No day the killer can go and represent the citizens he delibrately murdered in cold blood.

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    • 31 January 2014 21:12, by Johndumo14

      I know most of you nuer guys who live Australia,EU,USA ,south sudan,sudan are supporting Riek Machar,simply because he is your tribemen,this is tribebolism,read the history of Riek when southern sudanese were fighing their common enemy ,Riek Machar stike them at the back,is this a true leader,no,remember now he is a deathman.Museveni and kiir will get him,soon.

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  • 30 January 2014 11:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Republic of South Sudan is not in position of trading acussation, then, would have to acuse the US state department and Republic of Ethiopia of side with Rebels renegade Riak Machar with his groups.

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    • 30 January 2014 12:51, by Tom D

      Is this man crazy? US state department and Republic of Ethiopia were not taking any side, thus they were tellig the reality which your dumped president want to cover. Your dumped Kiir will cover the rset but, he Kiir will not cover the death of 300 Nuer civilians who were killed in Gudelle west Police station in Juba on the 16/12/2013. It’s matter of time Kiir will be indicted by ICC before March.

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      • 30 January 2014 12:59, by Tom D

        Believe me or not,Kiir is not longer a legal president. He has been talking of addressing the nation, which Nation he the drunkard president talking about? It’s abig joke, the same people whom he killed their sons and daughters or different people? I agrred with Kim Deng who said, south Sudan will not be stable for 10-15 years till Kiir step down and run to exile for self safety.

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        • 30 January 2014 13:08, by Tom D

          Nuer are not fighting kiir for food as many of Dinkas criminals has put, Democratic wiil not revail in south sudan throught peace mean. In question of none Nuer politcian who have tried their best to change these stooge government of Kiir kueth Piny, Abdarahman sule, Dr lam akol, George athor Deng, David Yauyau & Johnson Olony and yet, none of their attempt were crackdown by the Kiir government.

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          • 30 January 2014 13:17, by Tom D

            What kind of peacefull mean you guys are takling about?.Nuer are fighting as reaction to the killing of their belove ones who were Massacre in juba and on behave of others minority tribes who were severely marginalized by the same government.

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      • 30 January 2014 14:02, by Garang Deng

        Tom D.
        You are really citizen of this nation, US and Ethiopia are Democratic countries they known the right of other like what Dr Machar want, The Dictotorial leader/Kirr can not understand the world.
        let him face ICC becouse Kirr is a killer since 2005 upto date.

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      • 30 January 2014 14:07, by Garang Deng

        Tom D
        I agree with your command man go ahead with your good words
        Very soon Kirr will cry like Mahamar Gedaffi and Sedamma OSehen.

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        • 30 January 2014 14:30, by wacjak

          Can somebody tell these filthy idiots, that Traitor Machar is gone for good never to return to this country. He will defeat his family only and not mighty South Sudanese. Brainless fools will continue to dream about his coming back to lead this nation. Get that or kill yourselves. South Sudan can prosper without Traitor Machar and his allies.

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          • 30 January 2014 15:43, by michael coma

            No day that president Kiir will go to ICC.Rebels are scum not to be represented in AU’s summit.Whether Ethiopia is supporting rebels with America there is no fear as they are desperate of oil.

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            • 30 January 2014 16:02, by Tutbol

              michael coma,
              The US is obviously openly supporting Riek Machar, but the US knows it is supporting a *wrong horse* and if Ethiopia considers supporting Riek Machar, then that would be undoing of Ethiopia’s stability in East Africa & S Sudan would want to get its Gambala region back, besides, Ethiopians would not be always welcome to S Sudan as usual Africans.

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              • 30 January 2014 17:47, by Paul

                Riek Machar is now in Addis Ababa! It is high time to give a visit to Robert Mugabe and his long time friend, Mengisto Marriem. The later might have insights on how to support Ethiopian Oppositions. Make it a win-win and loss-loss game?

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                • 30 January 2014 18:02, by Paul

                  ....FYI, I do not support the way president kiir is running the country, but as of now, he is the better devil than Riek. Please do not be blinded by jealousy and greed, but look at the issue with clear mind. Kiir need to be vocal, talk to the people/country constantly! He need speak his mind and denounce countries supporting Riek outright!

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                  • 30 January 2014 18:05, by Paul

                    ....when it comes to your people’s, your country’s and your leadership legacy, you, Kiir need not shy off or dig your head in the sand. You need to stand up like Mugabe and Paul Kagame and speak your mind. Those in opposition as of now, were the same who have stashed money in foreign account and in turn cry fault. How pathetic!

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                    • 30 January 2014 20:05, by Tutbol

                      Your are 100% right man, Kiir & his gangs are bunches of cowards. They continues to let themselves be bullied by the US & every fools in our region. This is an open rebellion against an elected govt & some evils in the West want to imposed their evil on to S Sudanese by force. Ethiopia has been made an elephant in East Africa, but it will shred in to pieces if it tried to...

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                      • 30 January 2014 20:12, by Tutbol

                        be acting like a bully to S Sudan. The West is playing cold war against China in S Sudan, by setting up Africans fools against each others, but the US and Nuers will regret this dirty game at the end of it all. The US will in not in get a grip of our resources it is setting up our people against each others.

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                        • 30 January 2014 20:19, by Tutbol

                          Even if Riek Machar is allowed to take Kiir seat to day and then the whole of Dinka take up armed against Riek Machar govt. the West & Ethiopia will not get anything in S Sudan, in fact Ethiopia will lose very badly. Ethiopia is claiming that S Sudan is failing into Abyss, but Ethiopia will just fall into if S Sudan supports Ethiopia rebels....

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                          • 30 January 2014 20:24, by Tutbol

                            Ethiopia should instead denounce Riek Machar armed rebellion than to be seen as supporting it. Ethiopia is going to lose very badly trust me.

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                            • 30 January 2014 20:44, by Tutbol

                              Our usual devil, the UK is sending its warplanes to S Sudan on their so-called *protection of civilians* WW3 has been started in S Sudan. The British & Arabs are our peoples enemies number one. The SPLA should just wait them & blow them up http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/693227204?-21266:20622. We don’t want to see those evil UK faces in our country.

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                  • 30 January 2014 18:54, by choldit

                    Paul, u are not Kirr’s supporter. It can be seen in ur style of writing but u are trying to defence dinkaism that all the Dinkas are doing. Believe me,no one in this planet earth can compare Dr. Riek Machar and Kirr and comes up with Kirr equal to Riek 1%. We accommodated Kirr becoze of dinkaism not that he can do something. Kirr failed splm/SPLA in the buch now he failed ss by committing genocide

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          • 30 January 2014 15:55, by Gat-khir

            We Nuer are not fighting for Riek Machar to be the president of this country, but we are fighting for this regime who targeted south Sudanese based on their tribe. Kiir must go and south Sudanese will choose whoever they want to lead them regardless of where he/she comes from. Kiir has imposed war on Nuer for him to remain in power for ever. But he must go, no matter what!!!!!

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