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February 5, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government has no preconditions ahead of the second round of peace talks with armed anti-government forces, Vice President James Wani Igga said on Wednesday.

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South Sudan VP James Wani Igga (second left), SPLM-DC Chairperson Lam Akol (second right), Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth (L) and an unidentified opposition politicians at a press conference in Juba on February 5, 2014 (ST)

Speaking at a press conference, Igga, who is also the second deputy chairperson of ruling SPLM (Sudan People’s Liberation Movement), says the government team will listen to "aggrieved party".

"They will tell us what they want", said Igga, referring to the SPLM/A in Opposition who are led by former vice president Riek Machar who assumed control of a series of defections caused by fighting with the army in Juba in mid-December.

"They are the aggrieved party and we shall first listen from them and we shall respond," he added.

Riek Machar, who is accused by the government of president Salva Kiir of staging a failed coup in December, demands his former boss’s resignation as a condition for ending six weeks of armed confrontations with forces loyal to the government.

Igga, who replaced Machar as Vice President in August last year after Machar and the rest of the cabinet was sacked in July, said that any change of the leadership of world’s youngest nation must come through elections due in 2015.

The SPLM overwhelmingly won election in 2010, which occurred as part of the peace deal that ended decades of civil war and led to South Sudan’s independence in 2011. However, many analysts believe that elections served to solidify the SPLM’s position ahead of the upcoming independence referendum rather than help democratise either the former rebel movement-turned-ruling-party or the nation’s institutions.

In a show of solidarity with ruling SPLM, members of opposition parties agreed on December 21 to work with the government to find an amicable settlement to the current political turmoil that spilled over into the armed forces on December 15.

The leader of the SPLM-DC, South Sudan’s largest opposition party, by representation in parliament, Lam Akol, says that the current situation had produced a rare show of unity between the country’s political parties.

"The South Sudanese people with their resilience, with their determination, with their unity, with their clear vision, they stood together. And I think this is a very important achievement for us," said Lam Akol in reference to alliance opposition political parties have shown with the SPLM since December.

Akol who had been in exile for most of South Sudan’s independence returned to Juba just weeks before the current conflict started.

Over one million people have been displaced by the fighting according the United Nations. The number of dead is unknown but International Crisis Group has estimated that some 10,000 people have died.

"Although the whole trouble started in the house of SPLM, but at the end it engulfed the whole country. Anything affecting the entire country is not more the affair of SPLM," said James Wani Igga.

Machar and other internal opponents of President Kiir’s leadership had become increasingly vocal in their criticism of his leadership, describing his "dictatorial tendencies" in a press conference in early December.

A planned rally was postponed after Kiir called meeting of senior SPLM officials in Juba but after three days of debates over leadership issues and the passing of the parties internal documents, which ended when fighting began on December 15.

The political issues at the route of the conflict are expected to discussed when talks resume this week, following a shaky ceasefire deal signed on January 23 which both sides appear to have violated.

(ST)

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  • 6 February 05:28, by omoni jr.

    Mr. Nigga.
    I keep telling you that you have to keep your dirty mouth shut. There was No election in 2010 mr. fool. your boss that you always stupidly bow down to him did not win anything election election,but inherited his kingship from Dr,John Garang who was shot and killed by Museveni, the current husband of kiir now.

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    • 6 February 05:35, by omoni jr.

      Mr. Kiir is a big fool and retarded dog, last year he issued decree to pardoned Dr. Lam Akol, abd yet Lam Akol did not do anything at all to harm south sudan.The man salva kiir is drink too much in extend that he can’t even remembered what he issued decrees for.The drunk man has been relying on unconstitutional decrees which undermine democracy policies.

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      • 6 February 05:51, by omoni jr.

        Dinka hate every tribe in this country who want to voiced him or her self to run for presidency,eg, Lam Akol,They used Amum Pag’an during the war time and CPA,but after Dinka achieved their goals they put Pag’an Amum Okech in dumpster and told him fuck you.Same thing to Oyai Deng Ajack.They hate Lam Akol to death,they can even eat him alive,101...my brothers from the greater Equatoria are so weak.

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        • 6 February 05:59, by omoni jr.

          The stooge and puppet wani Nigga do not understand anything but comedy at the juba theatre center.If you kiss Dinak asses they immediately use you to kill your own brothers,I like Nuer the way they taught/teach these thugs lesson especially at the field of death,they know how to run like women and left theirs Generals behind for vultures’dinner or super.

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          • 6 February 06:23, by Mi diit

            Mama Rebecca Nyandeng will soon take foolish Kiir and his gay husband Yoweri Museveni to ICC court for the death of her husband, Dr. John Garang de Mabior. I don’t know where this orphan, short and light weight, visionless, opportunist Wani Nigga will go for shelter. He is swimming in a drying pool.

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            • 6 February 06:26, by Mi diit

              Salva Kiir will either resign, go to ICC or die before 2015. This situation is real. Let Wani Igga stop daydreaming. Machar will end your poor leadership this year (2014).
              I pity Dr.Lam Akol for jumping into a strange sinking ship only to be dumped again and mistreated by Kiir before his last kick of a dying horse. Shame on Lam Akol.

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          • 6 February 06:33, by Malakal county Simon

            Here are the condtions on Dr Machar side..... Release the four remaining detainees, full withdrawal of all Uganda forces including other mercenaries that’s on government side, and finally resignation of illegal president Kiir for causing a sense-less war on South Sudanese people’s.... Failture to implement those conditions mention above, then no peace at all!!!!

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            • 6 February 06:44, by George Bol

              Nuer, Riek Machar will take you to hell.Just listen to Those of Hoth Mai, and Banypiny and Poljang because they have leadership. I heard them taking-they are not tribalism.

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              • 6 February 07:04, by jubaone

                James Hoth must be the most confused Nuer now. On one side he is patriotic and loyal to the SPLA but on the other his orders are being defied by the majority jenges some of whom slaughtered innocent Nuer in cold blood. He must have a divided personality. Perhaps he wants to be the good and obedient Nuer but at what cost?

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              • 6 February 12:53, by Bentiu son

                Dinka Thugs lead by Makuei ngooth,listen idiots, No peace talk this time till illegal genocidal President Kiir Kuethpiny released the remaining 4 political detainees,withdraw all invaders UPDF,M23,JEM N SRF from RSS soil and finally step down either peaceful or forcefully for peace to return in our country.Failure to do so,than war will continue with nonstop till we capture him alive or dead in Ju

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          • 6 February 06:50, by Big Boy

            Dear Omoni Jr
            Ha ha ha ha ha after all you had run away and left juba to the non food-lover mr Kiir, this a war of mouth, so keep abusing them, after all you have no option unless you ’ll return back where you were getting piece of bread, beers and airtime instead you stay in forest where you are not getting even single coins.and tell ur husband Riak he ’ll die destitute ha ha ha as mr food-lover

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  • 6 February 07:10, by Kumbo

    Dear readers if you are Educated just watch this youtube video of Dr Hassan Abdalla Al Turabi he said Southern Sudan will never be stable because of Dinka ego to rule without Development here is the link
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCVA84beHhk
    just watch it you James Wanikak you will be the victim of Dinka looting Government which even loot UNICEF pack bag

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  • 6 February 08:02, by Atakdee

    So Rebecca takes people to ICC because of her Husband and what about the husbands of the other women whose lives taken by selfish war lord leader including her self

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