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Juba slams regional failure to deploy ceasefire monitors

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February 7, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan has expressed strong disappointment with the regional block tasked with mediating of the conflict between the government and rebels opposed to president Salva Kiir for failure to deploy ceasefire monitors.

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Nhial Deng Nhial who led South Sudan government delegation (L) with rebel delegation leader Taban Deng Gai (R) after the signing of a ceasefire on Addis Ababa January 23, 2014 (photo credit: CEWARN)

The country’s information minister said the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which brokered the agreement, should have formed a Joint Technical Committee (JTC) comprising both negotiating parties to tackle the modalities, including establishment of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

"The IGAD advance team has already arrived in Juba without official communication to the government of South Sudan from the IGAD," Michael Makuei Lueth said in a statement broadcast on the state-owned SSTV Thursday.

"What we know is that the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) should have been formed first before IGAD could send in the monitors," he added.

The minister said the 14-member IGAD team arrived in Juba on Sunday for meetings with state and non-state stakeholders, including local and international organisations in Juba and several locations across the country.

IGAD’s team, led by retired Major General Gebreeg Zabher Mebrahtu of Ethiopia and his deputy Major General Mohammed Amin Moustafa Eltinay of Sudan, also includes military and civilian experts drawn from IGAD member states.

The team, which held several meeting with different officials during its five-day trip to South Sudan, surveyed different areas for possible deployment of the monitoring and verification teams.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and other political opponents of being behind a failed coup attempt against his regime.

Machar and his co-accused all deny planning a coup and accuse Kiir of using a split in the military to silence his critics.

The violence has already claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people, according to some estimates, while reports from the UN indicate that more than 820,000 people have been displaced by the conflict.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has appealed for $1.27 billion to assist about 3.2 million people in the country.

Following weeks of talks, the warring rivals signed an agreement on January 23 to end nearly six weeks of fighting, but the deal is believed to have been violated by both sides.

Talks are due to resume on Monday, but the issue of the continued presence of Ugandan troops - who have controversially fought with South Sudan’s army against the rebels - and the detention of four senior politicians who oppose Kiir’s rule are likely to hinder efforts to negotiate a lasting peace agreement.

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  • 7 February 08:44, by Wicdail

    Whom are you going to blindfolds with that bulshits claim? don’t lie to the world that you meant what you said. We have already discovered your Secret plans. The blow link is your dirty plan. But executing that plan, will be the end of your burtal regime. Mark my words. http://www.southsudannewsagency.com/opinion/articles/ugandan-military-operation-in-jonglei

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    • 7 February 08:54, by Mi diit

      Look at these bankrupt leaders in Juba blaming everybody for their own messes.

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      • 7 February 18:19, by Mr Point

        Has Kiir stopped killing civilians?

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    • 7 February 09:05, by LL Reuben

      Midiit and Wicdial;
      When will the issuing of warnings and threats going to end? Don’t you two think that it is better to fight the diplomatic wars where everyone wins then butchering each other always and in the end the problems ended up never been solved? Your leader(Riek) has been roaming the bushes of Jonglei state for about two Months, why has he not achieve any significant victory....?

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      • 7 February 10:02, by omoni jr.

        Hey fool ,
        Dr Garang had been roaming along Uganda and Kenya without capturing any important town until CPA signed ,and got shot by saliva kiir’s husband M7 ’what is the different?

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    • 7 February 19:06, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar now is a frustrated rebel leader.
      He want to be a south sudan president by military coup detat,he canot win.
      He want to be south sudan president by military means or rebellion still he canot win. Even if go for elections in 2015 ,he will not win the elections. what he can do now is to surrender to save his nuer tribe ,or they will live in exile for the rest of their lives.

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  • 7 February 10:21, by Marco Bul

    Omoni
    Garang was not fighting for his tribe.All these rebels are Nuer

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    • 7 February 12:28, by Johndumo14

      Most of Dr Riek Machar rebels soldiers are from Nuer tribe,most of the defected government soldiers from Equatoria and malakal,Bentiu,Bor are from Nuer tribe to join Riek Macahr rebels are from Nuer tribe,Only one tribe in south sudan are calling for Salva Kiir to step down!! The other 65 tribes of south sudan said let us wait the elections,
      Who give them power the Nuer,N call Kiir to stepdown?

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  • 7 February 11:09, by Ambago

    Mr. Michael Makuei Lueth when will you stop being loquacious. What do you want with the IGAD doing what and not doing what when you have the foreign “wewe troops” from Uganda to fight the war for you! If you really respect the January 23rd ceasefire agreement, then you must send your “wewe” friends packing or else keep quite!

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    • 7 February 18:26, by axle

      Hahahaha....Ambago, is that what your name is? You can call the Ugandans wewe’s or whatever other name you want but one thing is for certain. You can never have the level of skills and discipline those soldiers have. You tasted them at the front line, if you were not there, then ask those that were there. I really pity you dear fella.

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  • 7 February 11:14, by Ambago

    The point is, if you as the sovereign government of South Sudan, you and your power greedy president are all willing to massacre your own people in cold blood, why then involve the neighbors and then again turn around and blame them?
    This is your own making and you must either sink in it or swim in it !

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    • 7 February 18:36, by axle

      Ambago, why are you crying about the UPDF. Were they the ones that told you to rebel? Own up to your actions and deal with it. UPDF did not start the rebellion in South Sudan and therefore its inclusion in those preconditions is for completely other reasons. Kiir is not foolish to be bullied into asking the foreign troops to leave. You can go hang for all I care. Just stop whining.

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      • 7 February 22:05, by omoni jr.

        Hey axle or asshole
        What are you telling Dr Am ago?
        You are so naive to talk about rebellion , Mr. Asshole ,what caused the rebellion? You are just pure jenge defending jenge interests not south Sudan. Just shut up.

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