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S. Sudan president slams regional leaders over reluctance to end rebellion

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April 23, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has expressed disappointment with the way regional leaders are responding to his pleas for help to end the country’s nearly four-month-old conflict which erupted after his former deputy, Riek Machar and several other officials, were accused of attempting to depose him from power by military means.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, says regional leaders are not doing enough to quell rebellion in the country, which erupted in mid-December last year

Speaking at an Easter dinner held on Monday, Kiir questioned whether it would take his death for regional leaders to act.

“Riek and his group have refused to honour the cessation of hostilities agreement we have signed. They say they will continue to fight unless I step down or otherwise they will continue to fight until they reach Juba for them to stop. And you know when they come to Juba; I am number one on the list of the people they want to kill, after which they will accept to stop the fighting,” the president told a gathering consisting largely of members of his cabinet.

Kiir, who have visited a number of key neighbouring countries in recent months to brief their heads of state on the current situation, said it appeared regional leaders were not taking the conflict seriously.

Violence erupted in mid-December last year, pitting government forces loyal to Kiir against pro-Machar rebels.

The fighting has left thousands left and cause wide-scale destruction across the country.

However, Kiir said there appeared to a lack of will from regional neighbours to hold Machar and his allies accountable.

“I went to Kenya and Khartoum. I also travelled to Uganda and Rwanda. The last was Ethiopia. In these visits, I explained to them (regional leaders) what Riek and his group is doing but they keep quiet. So in this case, what do you do?” he said.

“Do you have to wait until you are hit in the head? No. You have to do something,” Kiir added.

Many analysts and observers have interpreted the reluctance of regional leaders to get involved as reflective of their frustration with the intransigence of the Kiir administration, amid concerns it is not complying to measures aimed at ending the conflict.

Leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD, the East African regional bloc mediating peace talks between the two warring sides, had sought the inclusion of seven former political detainees in the negotiation process, a move the South Sudanese government rejected.

Other IGAD member countries, including neighbouring Sudan and Ethiopia, as well as members of the international community, have expressed deep concerns over the involvement of Ugandan troops in the conflict, which are fighting alongside government forces, calling for their immediate withdrawal and warning that the latter’s presence would prolong conflict in the country.

A tenuous ceasefire deal between the two sides brokered by IGAD in January has been shattered by a fresh outbreak of ethnically motivated violence in Unity and Jonglei states.

More than 200 civilians were reportedly killed and more than 400 wounded while sheltering in a Mosque on 15 April after rebels retook Unity state capital Bentiu from government forces.

This was followed by an attack two days later on civilians sheltering inside a UN base camp in Jonglei state capital Bor, which left more than 40 dead and scores wounded.

Both sides are accused of committing atrocities during the conflict, which has taken on an increasingly tribal dimension.

A delegation from an African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan began its first field mission on Monday.

The commission is tasked with investigating human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict, with the aim of achieving sustainable peace and security in the fractured young nation.

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  • 24 April 08:41, by Ambago

    President Salva Kiir! Please don’t be funny. If the rebellion that brought you to power today could be allowed to go on for 22 years, why do you thing this four months is such a very long time!
    I thought you knew what you got yourself into? Funny though my friend that you are running around like a headless chicken! Resign if you can’t stomach it any more.

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  • 24 April 08:51, by SPLA,corrup

    Mr Cowboy you need to realise that you are the problem I have never seen an empty head president like you before, you need to step down and let the party decide who is best for the country. Your army are not paid til now don’t you think they have families?

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  • 24 April 09:00, by Mel mosa

    Look at Sudan government, instead of mourning for killing of it citizen, the Khartoum government cheer to Riek rebels of killing Darfurian people. what kind of government is that.

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  • 24 April 09:08, by Black Africa

    President Kiir, You are the one who started the war with false coup, don’t blame Riek or Nuer people, they have the right to defend themselves. The best way for you to do is to resign.

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  • 24 April 09:28, by hamil

    Salva Kirr should realise that the country has lost it’s trust in him. He plotted this war to eliminate his political opponents on grounds of attempted coup with no evidence he has gone quite he is losing support of the neighbouring countires and innocent people still continue to die. Kiir should realise that his level of arrogance prolonged this conflict he though with the help of Ugandan troops

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  • 24 April 09:36, by hamil

    He was going to sweep Riek Machar and his fighters but the rebel leader keeps getting stronger everyday. Another thing is the ideology of the people of South Sudan the mantality of the Dinka that they are born to rule must die i don’t know where thie self proclaimed stupidity comes from there are no visible documents to verifiy this stupid claim

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  • 24 April 09:37, by Ankh

    Salva your plan to introduce Uganda dictatorship in South Sudan failed. We are not Ugandans though now you have seen with your own eyes. there can never be dictorship in South Sudan.We are not to be oppressed, its not in our DNA. You plan to kill Riek but he escaped. Now look. Don’t blame other leaders for your mistakes. You will fall followed by Museveni.

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    • 24 April 11:03, by Akook

      This president brought shame to Dinka as a whole. He is just one fool among us, Dinka are not headless like that thank God Dr John’s records are there to say otherwise. You messed your own house and expect other nations’ leaders to bring us peace! How funny is that? Deal with it! Resign and allow SPLM to people decide who they want

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    • 24 April 11:09, by Wicdail

      What are you going to do fool? stepdown before it’s too lat LOL!!! World leaders or Regional leaders in particular with the exception of blood sacker M7, are not foolish to except unfounded noncences from a primitive man like you LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 24 April 13:01, by Malakal county Simon

        Look at this dumb president thinking other leaders are dumb just him, to believe in fake coup.... Well mr president you started on your own, you must finish it on your own hahah!!!! If I were you, I should probably starting my safe passage to Uganda, and leave South Sudanese alone to choose their leader....

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  • 24 April 14:18, by Nyesi Ta

    Mr. Incompetent president you have exposed yourself big time because of your bad diplomacy, running in the African cities’ streets to obtain recognition through political prostitution. Them EA leaders discovered your a liar who need to be left alone to rip the seeds of hatred you sowed. Do not cry foul nigger.

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  • 24 April 14:36, by 4Justice

    I don’t have to comment!!!

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