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US backs all-inclusive political dialogue in South Sudan

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February 4, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - The United States Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said the administration of President Barak Obama supports inclusive political dialogue on all relevant issues to end the six-week-old crises in South Sudan.

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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, testifies on Jan. 9, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on situation in South Sudan. (Photo AP Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Thomas-Greenfield made the remarks after a US government delegation led by her held talks with Ethiopian Foreign affairs Minister, Tedros Adhnaom in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on South Sudan’s political instability and on other regional concerns.

Officials at the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs on Tuesday told Sudan Tribune that the US envoy has reaffirmed that the Obama administration’s fully supports the mediation efforts spearheaded by East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to resolve the crisis in South Sudan.

Thomas-Greenfield was briefed by the Ethiopian foreign Minister on the ceasefire agreement recently signed in Addis Ababa between the Government of South Sudan and those who have split from the ruling party - the SPLM - and the rebels-turned-national army (SPLA), who have named themselves the SPLM/A in Opposition

She was also briefed on IGAD’s ceasefire monitoring team which has been deployed to South Sudan and the issue of the four political figures who remain detained in connection with an alleged coup plot.

As part of the broader peace pact, the South Sudanese government last week freed seven of the 11 political prisoners. Regional and international bodies have continued to put pressure on the Juba government to release of the remaining four senior SPLM figures.

The African Union has urged both warring parties to withdraw all their preconditions and show the political will to engage fully in the peace process that is due to resume in Addis Ababa later this week.

"Progress was slow, but positive" Adhanom told Thomas-Greenfield adding "IGAD, and Ethiopia, would continue every effort to encourage an all-inclusive political dialogue in South Sudan."

She commended the relentless efforts IGAD mediators are exerting to resolve South Sudan crises and praised Ethiopia’s role in working towards peace and stability across the volatile east African region.

The fragile ceasefire agreement signed on January 23 recently aimed to allow space for an all-inclusive dialogue to address the root causes of this crisis. However, the deal has been repeatedly violated by both sides, dampening hopes of a comprehensive solution.

African leaders at AU summit held last week has said that crisis in South Sudan could not be resolved on the battlefield but by engagement and reconciliation.

WAS IT A COUP?

Last month Thomas-Greenfield said that the rift within the ruling SPLM and the consequent fighting between the members of the armed forces from December 15 onwards.

“We’ve 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,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on South Sudan crisis in early January.

The US official’s remarks appeared to directly contradict the narrative of President Salva Kiir’s government who insist that his former deputy Riek Machar attempted to overthrow him in a coup.

Machar has denied the accusation, saying it was the regime’s tactic to suppress opposition within the party.

The violence, which started in the capital, Juba later spread to Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. The United Nations say that over a million people have been displaced. Around 10,000 people have died according to an estimate by the International Crisis Group.

REGIONAL CONCERNS

The Ethiopian Minister and the US envoy also conferred on bilateral and regional issues including the situations in Somalia and on the unresolved disputes between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

With regard to Eritrea, Adhanom said Ethiopia was ready to normalise ties with Eritrea if the Red Sea nation is willing to engage in political dialogue based on five principles Ethiopia set in 2004.

Between 1998 and 2000, Ethiopia and Eritrea fought bitter war over disputed border which claimed the lives of some 70,000 people.

Last month Sudan said it has begun mediating indirect talks between leaders of Addis Ababa and Asmara, a claim Ethiopian officials wouldn’t confirm to Sudan Tribune.

"We started some efforts to normalise the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea," President Omar Al Bashir was quoted as saying by Sudanese news outlets following his visit to Eritrea a few weeks ago.

Eritrea, formerly a province of Ethiopia gained independence in 1993 after 30-year war for independence.

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  • 5 February 05:21, by omoni jr.

    Linda
    There was No failed coup. It was salva kiir and Museveni coup. They fucked themselves and dreamed about failed coup.

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    • 5 February 05:38, by George Bol

      Miidit/Omnoi,
      Check this video out. My friend, we are not playing. Stop internet war.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVcXP8IJbZk

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      • 5 February 06:18, by Ahmed Chol

        We are asking UN and US to sanctions the government so that they accept peace very soon, otherwise they will not accept peace.

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        • 5 February 06:37, by Wicdail

          Ahmed Chol,
          You are right buddy. That’s the only solution to this problame. Because Kirr is not a leader who can understand long term implication.
          George Bol,
          There is nothinge new with that link you posted from now and then. Everyone knows that, Bentiu is already under the of government troops for some time now. By the way, this is just your tribal channel (SST). What is new here marons?

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          • 5 February 06:47, by Mi diit

            “We’ve 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,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on South Sudan crisis in early January.
            Ahhahaa...Primitive Kiir has lost diplomatic front. Time for military front soon!!!

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        • 5 February 06:47, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

          CHOL,
          You and your fake allied will not do anything to South Sudan Government because your Lou-Nuer was defeated, US-Nuer was also defeated and UN-Nuer under the instructions of Dr. Traitor Riek’s CONCUBINE and a whore who called herself Hilder Johnson was shamefully defeated.
          You are also defeated at the talk by the SPLM team under the care of competent negotiators like Molona Michael Makuei.

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          • 5 February 06:51, by Mi diit

            Aweil of Paul Malong Awan,
            Ahahahaaa...DEFEATED??? Wow, it is good that you don’t know what our plans are. You will soon cry as you run away from Juba leaving it to us. To dream of defeating Riek Machar is a big mistake. Don’t compare this rebellion with that of Yau-yau. Your painful end is so NEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            • 5 February 08:17, by good leader

              Hi Midiit
              leave those food lovers of Awiel because they proved themselves foolish majorities as it was said. they are calling an individuals representing the US GOVERNMENT and the UNITED NATION as US NUER and UN NUER. they proved the failure of their incompetence Kiir because the US and UN are not agreeing with liar kiir’s Governmen. Dr Riek serve as Vice President 4 8 years, US and UN support gov

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              • 5 February 08:43, by good leader

                foolish majorities of Awiel call Ms Johnson UN representative and Ms Linda US assistant secretary for African Affairs US NUER and UN NUER simply because they are telling the truth to the world. Dr Mchar was covering kiir’s failure for 8 years but, now kiir is known to the whole world that he is not and was not able to rule a nation.

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            • 5 February 08:23, by Tutbol

              "US backs all-inclusive political dialogue in South Sudan"
              At least if the US the language that is not overbearing to countries or peoples, then those countries or people will always work hard to maintain their relationship with the US. But the US in recently weeks was acting overbearingly over an elected govt of S Sudan, but tacitly seems to be tilting its angle towards an armed & open rebellion

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              • 5 February 08:34, by Tutbol

                ...against a govt that was elected by many S Sudanese. S Sudanese have been failed by Riek Machar, group of seven released (G7), the group of four still in custody (G4) & President Kiir & his group (G status quo), they have all failed S Sudanese, but Kiir group was elected & changing his group by the way force isn’t going to sit with S Sudanese. He will be voted out just like way he was voted in..

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                • 5 February 08:59, by Tutbol

                  in 2010, S Sudanese do not want a precedent that if you are sacked from the govt & be in opposition, then you would take up arms to come back to the govt. All S Sudanese, whether some of their families are backing the armed rebellion or the status quo; they have been failed by both politicians. S Sudanese only want services reach their communities, stealing public funds, endless taking....

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                  • 5 February 09:22, by Tutbol

                    every S Sudanese to Adis Ababa has becomes a *new black* for our S Sudanese leaders, they created problems then demand that they be taken to Ethiopia for negotiations. Ordinary S Sudanese are of late getting fed of these endless Ethiopia’s bullsh*t things.

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                    • 5 February 09:27, by Tutbol

                      Our leaders are have accustomed themselves to making messes & take everything S Sudanese to Ethiopia, they may even one day their spouses to Ethiopia for mediation. Shame to our leaders.

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                      • 5 February 11:52, by Tut Tut

                        Tutbol,
                        At the heart of this senses war is a coup claim by Kiir per the advise he got from Museveni to kill Dr.Machar and to suppress his tribe that’s why the government of S.Sudan massacre Nuer in the capital Juba. Kiir and his ally Museveni has failed to sell their conspiracy to the international U.S., included, then what else will resort to?

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                        • 5 February 22:29, by Tutbol

                          l understand what you are saying, there was no need for rebellion. If Riek Machar stayed in his resident & the Nuers were killed Juba by the Dinkas as alleged & Riek Machar was put into like the others; President would not be a S Sudanese president by now. Your Riek played into Kiir hands & you continue blame Mseveni. S Sudanese been fighting arabs for over 50 years without Ugandans help...

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                          • 5 February 22:47, by Tutbol

                            in battle save hosting our peoples as their peoples as well. But you must also know Tut Tut, your people planed this war before hand & you deserted the SPLA in large numbers, then claimed to be ousting out the same Kiir who incorporated most of your fighters into the regular army who the deserted, in large numbers. Anyway the blame goes to our leaders & the Nuer youths in this war.

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    • 5 February 11:17, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar must see the video of how his tribemen the White army were killed in battle in bor and other places and left being eaten by Hynas and vultures,he will notdream about to be a prsident of South sudan.The vultures are feeding on the thousands of death Nuer in Bor and around villages in Jongeli.The vultures are tired of eating the human flesh(meat) they are only eating the EYES!

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    • 5 February 22:12, by Tutbol

      Omoni Jr,
      Read this http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/694346223?-21266:20622
      You always talk of Riek Machar, but the Yanks are thinking of putting their boots on the S Sudanese soils to come & own our oil! Yes the US is a powerful country, but i don’t anyone in S Sudan will let the US occupy any part of our country, just the US it is US. Bloody noses & a lot of bloody noses. S Sudanese don’t give a damn

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      • 5 February 22:16, by Tutbol

        about the US addiction other countries oils. S Sudanese only take about theirs & will die to defend it.

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      • 5 February 22:16, by Tutbol

        about the US addiction other countries oils. S Sudanese only take about theirs & will die to defend it.

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