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S. Sudan rebels vow to continue armed struggle if talks fail

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February 14, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) - An official from South Sudan’s rebel group on Friday said that they were committed to the peace process, but warned of continued armed struggle against government should the Addis Ababa talks fail.

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Seyoum Mesfin (L), chairperson of IGAD meditors, and Taban Deng Gai, SPLM In Opposition chief negotiator, attend the resumption of South Sudan talks in Addis Ababa on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

The second round of talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) regional leaders began this week. The previous deal, signed on 23 January, failed to bring an end to the fighting, which began on December 15.

The official from the SPLM/A-in-Opposition, which is led by South Sudan’s former vice-president Riek Machar said he is committed to bringing a peaceful political settlement to the crisis in South Sudan.

"We will continue our commitment to bring democracy and good governance to the country either through political dialogue as set out by IGAD or armed struggle" Bor Gatwech, a lawmaker and humanitarian liaison officer for the SPLM/A-in-Opposition told Sudan Tribune in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The remarks by the rebel official comes a day after the seven SPLM leaders freed from jail in South Sudan on January 29 and who have now joined the Addis Ababa peace talks on Thursday announced they would not ally themselves with either side.

The former detainees who called themselves ’SPLM leaders former detainees’ were expected to ally themselves with the rebels, but told press conference on Friday that they would instead participate at the peace talks as an independent third party.

The spokesperson of the SPLM/A-in-Opposition, Yohanis Pouk, told Sudan Tribune in Addis Ababa on Thursday that Machar’s delegation respected their decision.

However, some members of the rebel delegation appear to be unhappy with the decision of the former detainees whose release was secured after a peace pact signed last month.

"They [former detainees] have clearly stated we have the same political position during their press conference" Gatwech said adding, "But we don’t know what will benefit them or the country under this dispensation".

He claimed pressure from the international community prompted them to form a separate bloc.

The rebel delegation and the former detainees on Thursday both called for the release of the four remaining political detainees and the withdrawal of Ugandan forces who are battling forces who are fighting on the side of the South Sudanese army, warning that these issues would curtail efforts to bring durable political solution to the crises.

Juba is under pressure for failing to expedite the release of the four remaining political detainees who have been charged with treason along with three other political figures, including rebel leader, Machar.

SUCCESSFUL TALKS DEPEND ON RELEASE OF 4 DETAINEES

South Sudan’s former cabinet minister Deng Alor Kuol said the success of the talks depends on how President Salva Kiir’s government responds to demands for release of the remaining political detainees to allow them take part in the talks.

“Yes, we are in Addis [Ababa]. We came on Wednesday evening from Nairobi and we are now taking part in the talks as a group of our own," Kuol exclusively told Sudan Tribune Friday.

Blaming the two said for the armed conflict and the killing of thousands of civilians, Kuol further said they did not want to associate themselves with the warring parties.

"On our side, we see that this conflict should have been avoided from the start if we had listened to ourselves as leaders,” he said stressing, "What is important now is the release of four detainees if you want successful and meaning peace talks”.

The government in Juba has maintained that it would not release the remaining political detainees until all the investigations and other legal processes are completed and trial taken place.

"The government has repeatedly expressed commitment to resolving this conflict. Our delegation is already in the Addis. They have been there since Sunday because talks were supposed to start on Monday but we were surprised that the rebel gave preconditions for the negotiations", presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters on Friday.

South Sudan’s foreign minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said in London this week that those detained by the government should be described as "suspected coup makers" rather than "political detainees" despite the fact that none of them have been charged with any crime.

The second phase of the talks focusing on political and national reconciliation is expected to resume on Saturday.

The venue of talks has moved to Debrezeit, a town outside the capital Addis Ababa. However, Sudan Tribune, understands that none of the delegations had not left for the resort town by Friday evening.

The talks were due to restart on Monday, but were delayed until the seven former political prisoners accused of plotting a coup, including former ministers of justice and finance, arrived in Ethiopia.

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  • 15 February 08:11, by Snipper

    We will finish you! Stupid tribe that never learn! All Equatorians have refused, all Chollo have refused and even the sick Dinkas that have gone with you are now speaking different terms in Adis! Fake rebellion! You will regret!!!!!!

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    • 15 February 08:13, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar:If the SPLA 4 not released,if Uganda troops didnot withdraw,and if SPLA 7 not join peace talks ,they will not attend the peace talks.Realy Dr Riek is playing with fire,he never realised that the failure of peace talks in Addis will be another blow to him not the Uganda troops not the Salva Kiir Gov.The SPLA and Uganda troops r ready to capture or kill Dr Riek,they knows where he..

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      • 15 February 08:32, by George Bol

        Gat gan Kiir,
        Ma jin chi Naath tieth baang. Naath cheke liew baang gaar.
        Your stupidity will take you nowhere. My friend, keep dreaming but when we called it peny amok in Dinka Language, the only space will be sky.Love it!

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    • 15 February 08:23, by Johndumo14

      Dr Riek Machar is on the run all the time,he has no peace of mind,he ran from Juba to his village,in Bentiu,from Bentiu he ran to Jongeli,now the SPLA(gov.troops and Uganda army are closing on him in the Jungle,now according to some news report that he is planning to run again to his home town Leer!!We hear that his wife is very sick with malaria.

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      • 15 February 14:27, by Ross

        Dear
        I know very well that Dr. Riak will win the war what matter strongest you are. Your mighty Uganda army will also go to hell and your political vision will vanish. If I’m Machar, i will reject this peace. This peace is not agreed with Mighty Nuer it is only political talks. Nuer will bring their peace through Power and Dinka will kneel on them.

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    • 15 February 08:32, by Johndumo14

      This war is very good,to reduce the number of nuer people,they are many,realy very many in Juba ,in the army in the police,every where u find nuer in Equtoria and these are the people who hit SPLA at the back during their struggle in 1993,who masscred dinka bor in 1991,now is better in Juba,Yei;torit ,some houses are empty,to give chance to our people fine homes place to live.

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    • 15 February 13:42, by Tong dut

      We are going to see what is going to take place soon in south sudan.
      There is no two president in a country?

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    • 15 February 19:01, by Johndumo14

      WHEN THERE IS A SUCCESFUL PERSON,THERE MUST BE A GOOD INTELIGENT WOMAN,AND WHEN THERE IS A FAILURE PERSON MAKING POOR CHOICES IN LIFE,THERE MUST BE AROGANT STUPID WOMAN GIVING WRONG ADVISE.DR RIEK MACHAR HAS MARRIED A WRONG WOMAN,SHE CAN`T EVEN SAY MY HUSBAN ,WE CANOT AFFORD SECOND REBELLION!!YOU HAVE BLOOD IN YOUR HANDS!!!

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  • 15 February 08:15, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    The decoration of Nuer death,
    I’m not even interesting in that peace, to hell with remaining Nuer, we will finishing them, just a matter of time,
    We have killed almost the so called white army, they are vanished,

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  • 15 February 08:21, by George Bol

    Riek Machar fail to understand the logic that Nuer a lone can not get even an inch in the South Sudan if by force. Guess if we really wage awar against them starting from village like what they did could you fail to understand that their must be no nuer in the S.Sudan.

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  • 15 February 08:27, by Chol A.

    Haaaaaaaha! Rebel regrets you assume the risk and you now get it! The groups of 7 detainees you were hoping for are now separates body,they embarrass rebels indeed.

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    • 15 February 08:51, by michael coma

      Lets them dare again to fight govt but they will soon be regret.Riek Machar has mental problem now almost to get crazy.No way out for him except death as solution.White army are now starving to death as there is no food for them.

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      • 15 February 10:11, by Diversity

        It is just a matter of reasoning the persons in died in their numbers are not nuer in the frontline fellow country men and women check the number of the dead generals from both side and equate the balance. Plus Ugandan are on fire; Allot of warnings against their presence is pronounced by the world powers and the rebels recruiting a good number of non Nuer Freedom fighters for democratic change

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        • 15 February 16:22, by what the hell

          you reasoning on your own brother their is no recruitment from any tribe in south sudan apart from Nuer, dine you seen awhile ago some of the soldier so surrender themselves in bentiue and malarial, but that is not the point i done support killing regardles which tribe they come from south Sudanese a ss we should sorry for those who die weather they killed under Kiir or Riek they are inolcens,

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      • 15 February 10:16, by jijury

        Ah ah ah ah look at all of these hopeless Dinka, Nuer almost finished you if your Gogrial idiot Kiir didn’t pay Museveni big cash to come and rescue you, the Nuer would have capture your damn King alive. But now we got a solution to deal with both your father Museveni and you.

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  • 15 February 10:12, by Marco Bul

    Let the rebels not threaten us with war.Who prevent them from capturing Juba?? Sudan is now worrying about the oil fields.They will eventually get fed up with those who are disrupting the smooth flow.

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    • 15 February 10:27, by jijury

      To dumb ass Dinka dominated idiot, you said u killed all Nuer you must be a lost orphan. Nuer are coming to you in a big number. The only people whom you have killed are those innocent civilians in Juba who cannot defend themselves. But 4 the Nuer in the frontlines they have killed a whole bunch of your coward generals the fight is a about to get interesting we are well organized like never before

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      • 15 February 12:15, by Chol A.

        JiJury, though you well organised than before yet Spla still defeated you mr nyigat. I wonder now in juba some Nuer who were surrendered to UNmiss compound came out and asked for money while defector to traitor Riek who mislead them. Others are now refugees in twice Warrap state while some took refuges in north Sudan and Ethiopia. If you think of winning this war than I wish you good luck.

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      • 15 February 16:35, by what the hell

        jijury
        those killed in Juba were not innocents they were soldier who were running back the war and were chased by SPLA so i done see any evident in Juba like what in Bor and Malakal Bentiue and pareing in the media

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  • 15 February 15:11, by philipdit wol

    Who will be accountable for the lost of innocents people if seven memebers are now in Addis and calling the susppect four memebers of their group to be release Deng Alor should feel ashame on that.

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