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April 10, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – The US Secretary of State on Thursday cautioned South Sudanese leaders against prioritising personal or ethnic interests in the ongoing conflict at expense of its peoples’ concerns.

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US secretary of state John Kerry speaks about a human rights report in Washington on 27 February 2014 (Photo: AP/Jose Luis Magana)

Senator John Kerry, the office of the spokesperson said, expressed grave concern with respect to the situation in the new nation during a meeting with South Sudan’s minister for the presidency, Awan Riak.

According to the statement, Kerry reaffirmed America’s support for the people of South Sudan, as well as its readiness to stand with those who take bold steps to lead the country out of the crisis.

“The United States will continue to stand with the people of South Sudan and with those who take the courageous – and necessary – steps to bring peace, stability and good governance to South Sudan, so that its people can return to their livelihoods and its economy can flourish,” partly reads the statement.

“But we [US] will not stand by while the hopes of a nation are held hostage to short-sighted and destructive actors,” it added.

Last week, US president Barack Obama authorised targeted sanctions that can and will be used against South Sudanese leaders who contributed to the raging conflict by undermining democratic processes or institutions or by obstructing the peace process and against those who commit human rights abuses in South Sudan.

Violence broke out in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, in mid-December last year in what government alleged was a failed coup on the current regime by the country’s former vice president, Riek Machar.

Since the conflict started, however, the Obama administration has frantically tried to halt hostilities between South Sudan’s warring parties, encouraging them to reach a quick agreement to stop the fighting and engage in an inclusive process brokered by the regional leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to achieve peace and national reconciliation.

Meanwhile, the US secretary of state also emphasised the importance of full cooperation with the African Union Commission of Inquiry and the US government’s support for justice, reconciliation and accountability for human rights violations and abuses.

“They had a frank discussion of the way forward to heal the wounds of the violent conflict that broke out on 15 December, and how to create a durable and inclusive path to peace,” noted the release.

Senator Kerry vowed to continue closely monitoring events in South Sudan, calling for progress toward inclusive, broad-based negotiations led by IGAD leaders.

He further urged the South Sudanese government to “immediately” stop the fighting, provide full humanitarian access, and cease “harassment” and “threats” against the United Nation Mission in the country (UNMISS).

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  • 11 April 09:30, by Marial Marial

    A big applause from the people of South Sudan Senator John Kerry.May you (USA)prepare a good package of sanctions for those wolves who want to tyrannize the citizens. Both use tribal sentiments to gain support. All of these big fish have bloodstains of their citizens in the hands (Reference is made to 1990 and 2013 cold blood killings). Shame on them.Down with both.

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    • 11 April 10:33, by Tong dut

      U.S can not worns Dinkas,
      Who give guns to animals?They will every one till no one will be in south sudan.
      The only way is Nuer or Dinka will not rule,and they take killing as normal life.
      The ward Dinka is dead. or kill me or i kill you.

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      • 11 April 17:32, by moto

        TONG DUT,
        DINKAS DON,T DIE BUT REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.THOSE WHO DIE ARE SINNERS.

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  • 11 April 09:32, by Adodi Jotuwa

    Supporters of Violent Leaders,
    All of you have missed one thing, why did you fail to articulate the reality on the ground that President Salva Kiir is one of the leaders who have been repeatedly mindful of post-war unity, not only during the interim period where Khartoum-sponsored militia activities were designed to actively destabilize the country prior to Independence besides repeated pardoning

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    • 11 April 09:34, by Adodi Jotuwa

      We all know biblically that nobody is perfect whether you align with the West or East or subjected to operate cautiously along that line as Dr. Fool Riek’s appeal for assumption of leadership resonates with the West who opposes violent means today and supports it tomorrow so long as it serve its interest as if South Sudanese do not have interest and do not know who should govern them.

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      • 11 April 10:01, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Whether the plot to punish the leadership of the new nation (South Sudan) is in the making or not, Dr. Fool Riek is never the perfect choice of South Sudanese. Since 1991 Dr. Fool has been widely known for preaching tribal politics and keeps demanding incumbent leader to step down as he did during the struggle to Dr. John Garang De Mabior that the movement was undemocratic.

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        • 11 April 10:03, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Why did a democratic movement of Nasir faction of 1991end up in Khartoum’s dustbin in 1997? The west does not want to question Dr. Fool Riek about its demise. Why does South Sudan and other developing African and Asian countries fall victims on the ground that they ally themselves too much with China or Russia. Conflict of interest has always been there and it will continue to exist…

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          • 11 April 10:04, by Adodi Jotuwa

            ….in the absence of realistic compromise. That’s why if there is conflict of interest, it’s always reflected in the UNSC where disagreement or agreement is the order of the day. Conflict of interest was evident in one of the satellite States, Georgia and now again in Ukraine. Every superpower country needs to review its foreign policy before real cold war resurface. Otherwise, history is repeating

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  • 11 April 09:32, by Wicdail

    Kerry "further urged the government of South Sudan to “immediately” stop the fighting, provide full humanitarian access, and cease harassment and threats against the United Nation Mission in the country". Kirr of Dinka will never listen. He is too dumb to understand what the international communtity want from him. They will say these words: (Kirr was elected) HAHAHAHAH they are fools!!!hu checkens

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    • 11 April 09:48, by Chol A.

      Wicidail, your stupid ideology against government will take you no where. US will not do anything just only talks and no action. Your Nuer community are very fool to relay on outsiders help rather than consider their country men first. You just bark asking for help but good luck.

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      • 11 April 10:15, by Wicdail

        They were saying that Kirr will rule for life. However, when they learned that Kirr leadership has been seriously challenged by Dr. Rick and he (Kirr) becomes useless in the eyes of international community, therefore they need Dr. Rick to retired with him. Can see you how jealous they are against Rick Machar?. (Two women in the King Solomon’s court). HAHAHa!!!!!

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    • 11 April 10:01, by william

      The US with their hidden agenda in form of UNMMISS are the ones who incited triator Riak to overthrow the elected governmrnt by force but your evil intention Will not change change the realities on the ground regardless who You want to replace out communities’will. inlaws Will not make him as South Sudan leader regardless of whoever support him from the West evil jus.

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  • 11 April 12:06, by Majongdit

    Senator Kerry need to this to home. I want him to take it from a simple man like me that an attempt to remove Pres. Kiir by anyone unconstitutionally or undemocratically will make the situation even worse. Sen. Kerry needs to put in his mind that S. Sudan is not like Mali or C.A.R. US should not contribute in building a country to possess a constitution and live with no constitutionalism.

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  • 11 April 13:10, by Mel mosa

    The peace will not be in South Sudan as long as Obama in power. He has been working hard to destruct South Sudan since he came to power now he feel good and he want to see what happened in Rwanda in S Sudan. He encourage coup and rebellion through UN

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  • 11 April 14:03, by garang kerubino

    Dear all please for those of you who are able to contact president Obama and John Kerry tell them that South Sudanese are tired of your interference, let them manage their American affairs and let them leave South Sudanese to manages their affair with out America. we definitely don’t need their assistant, we are independence nation.

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  • 11 April 14:15, by garang kerubino

    Dear friends, stand firm and let move a head. US is just a barking dog and seldom bit there is nothing they can do apart from supplying illegal arms to evil Dr Riak, but still SPLA have the capacity to capture those weapon from civilian rebel forces, struggle continue let’s move ahead. just 6 months for Riak to be brought back to Leer dead. SPLA Oyee, South Sudan Oyee, martyrs Oyee & struggle Oyee

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    • 11 April 19:21, by Bravo Nuer

      Garang Kerubino your prejudiced hatreds and imaginations will not make Riek die and be brought to leer with a casket. Riek is innocent of this bloodletting business designed irrationally by your god father museveni and his classroom general Kiir . anyone who is wise and has military and political discernment is aware that sooner than later kiir is shamefully passing away the demise of Gadhafi.

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