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Ethiopia tells S. Sudan rivals to prevent conflict becoming proxy war


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 11, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn called on the South Sudan’s leaders to demonstrate the political will needed to end the internal crisis in the young nations before the country becomes the the centre of regional conflict.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister (C) Hailemariam Desalegn attend the opening of peace talks at Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa with his foreign minister and the AU representative, the three mediator and South Sudan government and rebel chief negotiators, on 11 February 2014 (Photo IGAD)

Desalegn, who is currently the Chairman of the East Africa regional bloc (IGAD) mediating peace talks between the warring parties in South Sudan, made the remarks at the opening of the second round of peace talks, which resumed late on Tuesday in Addis Ababa.

"You [the two parties] shouldn’t unwittingly allow your hard won independence to wither away and your beloved country to become a hotbed of yet another regionalised proxy conflict with no end in sight" he said.

On Monday the Ethiopian Prime Minister became the first regional country to criticise Uganda - an IGAD member state - for deploying troops to fight alongside the South Sudan army (SPLA) against the rebels, known as the SPLM/A in Opposition.

Desalegn welcomed the release of the seven senior politicians who were released to Kenya last week, having been held since the beginning of the conflict accused of playing a part in the alleged coup attempt that triggered current crisis.

Four senior figures in South Sudan’s ruling party remain in custody, including the SPLM’s former Secretary General who President Salva Kiir has excommunicated from the party along with his former deputy Riek Machar who is leading the rebellion.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister stressed that all political actors should quickly embark on the second phase with "an open heart and mutual trust", adding that neither party should use "side issues as an excuse to prevaricate on the negotiation process which could wreak havoc through the overall peace process."

South Sudan government and rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar singed a shaky ceasefire agreement on 23 January in Addis Ababa, however, sporadic fighting has continued.

Despite the resumption of the new round of talks, representatives of South Sudan Government and the SPLM in Opposition have continued to trade accusations that the other has violated the ceasefire deal.

"The government of the Republic of South Sudan has delivered on its commitment to honour the cessation of hostilities agreement, however we are deeply disappointed and dismayed by the flagrant and repeated violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement by the other party," said Nihal Deng Nihal, chief negotiator of the Government of South Sudan.

In order to reap the benefits of the first round of negotiations, Nihal stressed an urgent need for the formation of a joint technical committee along with its key implementing partners such as the monitoring and verification team as per the cessation of hostilities agreement signed last month.

Rebel chief negotiator Taban Deng, however, held the South Sudanese army and Ugandan forces responsible for the violations of the truce, which was aimed to pave way for talks to end the conflict that has already killed thousands and forced nearly one million people to flee their homes.

IGAD chief negotiator, Ethiopia’s former minister for foreign affairs, Seyoum Mesfin, called on all the political actors to be solution-oriented and rise to the occasion for the sake of the interests of the South Sudanese people.

"With a need for a paradigm shift there are some very clear general guidelines that need to be implemented, and urgently. This includes abandonment of the wartime frame of mind and the transformation of institutions of ethnic conflict into institutions that serve the democratic and development aspirations of the peoples of South Sudan."

Mesfin added, the ongoing negotiations shouldn’t be an instrument for tactical reasons but offer framework for the major actors to secure a durable political solution.

From his side, the representative of the South Sudan Council of Churches called on the two parties to end the conflict and achieve a sustainable peace adding "we are tired of War!"

Rebel sources told Sudan Tribune that the seven former detainees now in Kenya are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to join the talks.

The SPLM political leaders were barred from heading to join Addis Ababa talks on Sunday after Kenyan government prevented them from travelling arguing their bail terms meant they were not allowed to leave Kenyan territory.

The fresh round of talks focusing on political dialogue and national reconciliation are expected to continue on Wednesday.


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  • 12 February 2014 06:36, by Mi diit

    Mrs. Akiir Mayardit was the first to invite Ugandan army to fight the proxy war for her against the single Nuer tribe and now threatens to regionalize it.

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    • 12 February 2014 06:37, by Mi diit

      LL Reuben,
      Do you want to mock Ngundeng’s prophesies? Don’t do that yet man. We know what is happening. Ngundeng predicted that the Dinka will first strike harder against the Nuer, but the final response by Nuer will be more disastrous on Dinka followed by Nuer’s VICTORY. Ngundeng also said he will destroy ANOTHER country in that tribal war. Could it be Uganda? I thought it was to be Sudan.

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      • 12 February 2014 06:39, by Mi diit

        Ngundeng predicted the result of this tribal war like this: "Bi Jaang riaw rey hook, emut cuec da moth han jaak dol, bi raan teeth ni tare." Meaning, " The Dinka will disappear, let my spear get sharper, me the colorful, they will fall on their backs facing the ground."
        In wrestling falling on your back facing the ground means total loss and defeat on the one falling like that.

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        • 12 February 2014 07:07, by Mi diit

          Just watch out in the next coming weeks...

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          • 12 February 2014 07:36, by Konkooc

            mi ba ngoth
            do not just talk in usa there come to South Sudan and jion your hungary nuer rebellion.
            Dinka is Invincible even Jalaba did not do it leave your tiny nuer looters. nuer will never rule Dinka till Jesus come.
            nuer may win a battle but not War

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          • 12 February 2014 07:49, by Majongdit

            Biel Betrous running mad! Please talk, little boys talk, just keep talking when not crying or keep crying when not talking.

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          • 12 February 2014 14:54, by wacjak

            In his songs he talked of a leader called ‘Kiir Nyal Diing’ who would lead our people. Elders say it is Salva Kiir Mayardit. The name ‘Kiir’ would match the first name of our current leader, but ‘Nyal Diing’ is just a nickname describing Kiir. ‘Nyal Diing’ in Nuer are names of many doted colors, for example like that of a cow and leopard, etc. It simply translates “Kiir of many colours.” Ngundeng

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            • 12 February 2014 14:55, by wacjak

              Ngundeng said this Kiir will one day bring, probably bad news, to his people when he said “Kiir Nyal Dieng be ha juoc lom.” Literally translates “Kiir Nyal Diing will bring me messages.” But the word ‘lom’ in Nuer is more of a ‘gossip’ than just a message or news. And in what form will he bring the news, no body knows.
              Midit, don’t fool people

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              • 12 February 2014 14:57, by wacjak

                Let us not even try to identify the figure in Ngundeng?s prophecy that peace would be brought by a left-handed man. Ngundeng was left-handed. So is Abel Alier, the leader of the government delegation that negotiated the Addis Ababa Agreement and the first president of the High Executive Council. Some people hope it might mean Riek Machar, South Sudan?s current Vice President. But US President Geor

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                • 12 February 2014 14:59, by wacjak

                  But US President George W. Bush and Barak Obama are also left-handed. So, take your pick, there are enough left-handed men and women to go around. Let us hope that there is now enough peace to go around, too.
                  Your Traitor is dead politically and I like that. Keep on dreaming fool/idiot and you shall sure come back dead

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        • 12 February 2014 07:20, by chol

          You are not making any scenes as always just like Ngundeng.

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        • 12 February 2014 08:45, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Mi diit,
          I like the way you bark in the internet war because you simply land your fingers on the computer keyboard without reasoning. The "coming weeks" will continue to be the "coming weeks". Following the failed coup attempt, you remember when mobile phones have become key players of attacking Juba? "Remain only three hours" to enter Juba kept "remaining three hours until today".

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          • 12 February 2014 08:53, by Adodi Jotuwa

            When few soldiers from Nuer tribes defected, hoping to get free food, money, alawa (sweets) and free accommodation Khartoum used to provide for competitive killing of their own brothers in the RSS, rebel sources claim that thousand of government forces defected. Is this insanity or exaggeration? Khartoum has again instructed Gordon Kong forces to move close to the border to attack SPLA position.

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            • 12 February 2014 09:00, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Regional intelligent sources have confirmed that that’s why Ethiopian PM says the war is likely to become a proxy one again as usual. We have southerners whose survival is hanging on free money provided by Khartoum. If today Khartoum reneges on providing free money, food and accommodation, they quickly change side, move to their brothers in the South, hoping amnesty is waiting for them.

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              • 12 February 2014 09:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

                In Juba they keep making similar unreasonable demands for money that "I have 13, 22, or 35 wives and I need money to support them." They don’t neither want work in any government institutions nor retire from this notorious militia activities if free money finishes. The word "democracy" has become a scapegoat" to blame Juba only not Khartoum.

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                • 12 February 2014 09:16, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  For how long will some of those Nuer avoid living a family life, only militia life to get free money for survival or loot Banks during confusion time as it happened in Bor and Bentiu. Why do they fail to settle down with their 1,4, 12 or 35 wives and teach their children how to live in a peaceful society, instead of living in a militia, defection or world since 1970s without retiring.

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                  • 12 February 2014 09:23, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    What family values do they teach their children? Nothing. You are "Khaiit" militia (militia leader)and your sons will follow suit. The Nuer in Ethiopia are better off than the Nuer in South Sudan who follow Dr. Fool Riek Machar for his own interest. Ethiopia is stable politically because it doesn’t’ have the likes of Dr. Fool Riek Machar there in its Government who keeps changing sides.

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                    • 12 February 2014 09:49, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      When free money is not given they resort to using the word “corruption” while Dr. Fool Machar is one of the richest South Sudanese within a short period of time. Did he win a lottery? No. Corruption. He claims in the media that “Juba government, excluding himself as part of the government, is “tribal and corrupt, not democratic” something like that.

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                      • 12 February 2014 10:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

                        How can you have 8 Directors in your VP Office and only two people can write reports for you? Fool. If Hilde Johnson were to be designated to do interview for workers in Dr. Fool Riek Machar’s Office, she would definitely change her name and most of Riek’s followers will roll back to Khartoum’s sponsored militia life. Even Khartoum knows that but still comfortably uses them against their own broth

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                        • 12 February 2014 10:24, by Adodi Jotuwa

                          Look at the title of Chuol Lam that he’s "Chief of Staff" in the Office of the ex-SPLM SG Pagan Amum. We don’t have that title either in the former VP Office or President of the Republic/RSS but existent in the Office of the ex-SPLM Party SG. The title is used to nominally match the White House’s Chief of Staff in the US Presidency. Does the Office of the ex-SPLM SG match WH’s Admin. structurally?

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            • 12 February 2014 09:08, by Malakal county Simon

              There was nothing called coup attempt in first place, leave alone talking of failed coup attempted which was widely rejected in both regionally, and internationally!!!! Remember, this was only a well wished from the government side to eliminate those opponents of Kiir dictatorial tendency.....

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              • 12 February 2014 09:11, by Malakal county Simon

                Very embarrassing indeed for the dictatorial regime of Juba, after their failed coup designed falls in the deaf ears due to the lack of evident.....

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          • 12 February 2014 09:08, by Wicdail

            Adodi Jotuwa,
            Shutup your dirty mouth that’s full of stolen oil money. How long are you going to deny this facts? It has been acknowledged worldwide that Kirr shouldn’t be sitting as president of RSS if M7 didn’t intervene military. And you are denying that calling it a mobile phones: (—)!!!!!???????????

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      • 12 February 2014 15:04, by wacjak

        Midit, you can not fool anybody idiot. Your Traitor is dead and gone. Keep writing abroad and one day you shall come back to your senses that you were following a betrayer and a war criminal. Ngundeng’s prophesies fitted in his time and for your limited minded Nuers who believed him.

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    • 12 February 2014 12:01, by Johndumo14


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    • 12 February 2014 13:36, by Dinka4ever

      Ngundeng’s Family Calls Upon Lou Nuer White Army To Stop Fighting The Government
      The leadership of Ngundeng’s family, and the custodians of Prophet Ngundeng’s rod and other relics, call upon the Lou Nuer White Army to stop fighting the government of South Sudan and must therefore return to their villages to attend to their cattle and farms.

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    • 12 February 2014 16:51, by Johndumo14

      Why is it taking so long for Collection of dead bodies in Bor?How do expect people to return to bor town when dead bodies are stil in houses or on farms or on streets?By the way who are these death people civilians or the rebels who called themselves the white army? And have you the people concern counted them and how many death bodies? You have to take video and photos so you can show to Dr Riek

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