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May 2, 2014 (JUBA) – US secretary of state John Kerry said South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir was ready to discuss a transitional government with rebels “to bring peace and restore legitimacy”.

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US secretary of state John Kerry addresses reporters in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on 2 May 2014 (ST)

Addressing reporters at the US embassy in the capital, Juba, Kerry said mediation efforts should be faster to save lives of innocent civilians dying from the conflict.

“Throughout the meeting, I made it clear to him (Kiir) that he needs do everything in his power to end the violence,” Kerry said on Friday.

“And also to begin the process of national dialogue – a process by which there is a beginning of discussion, real discussion about a transition government that can bring peace to the country,” he added.

According to Kerry, the South Sudan leader reiterated his government’s commitment to fully support the ongoing peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“He (Kiir) committed very clearly his intention to do exactly that – to take forceful steps in order ... to begin to engage on a discussion with respective to transition government,” he said.

The senior US official had earlier warned of possible genocide in South Sudan unless concerted measures were taken to rapidly arrest ongoing violence in the country.

CALLS FOR LEGITIMACY

Kerry emphasised that both sides must end the violence or face possible sanctions. He however said president Kiir had willingly accepted to meet rebel leader Riek Machar over the conflict.

Violence broke out in December after president Kiir accused his former deputy, Machar of attempting to overthrow the government, an allegation the latter dismissed.

Kerry said there was no “equivalency” between president Kiir, an elected president, and rebel leader Machar “who wants to take control of the state by use of arms”.

He said the two warring parties and the former political detainees, with the help of the mediators, will determine the future of the two leaders in the transitional government.

“It (the transition government) is really what can restore legitimacy,” Kerry said.

(ST)

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  • 2 May 15:02, by Angelo Achuil

    I hope that both President Kiir and Riek will admit that none of them ever win this war. It is a war at the expense of the poor and the vulnerable becoz at the end, they must reconcile but the lost of lives are irretrievable - the only positive thing that could possibly comes out of this crisis is to have a better constitution -any more reward and political accommodation will ensure perpetual war.

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    • 3 May 06:54, by Mi diit

      US government is so confused! How do they trust words coming from a known liar, visionless dictator called Kiir Kuethpiny, who lied to president Obama himself many times in the past? Kiir will trash your meeting, Kerry. Didn’t you follow Kiir’s statements in the last few days before you went to Juba. Now you want more regional forces added to UPDF to protect his bad leadership. Shame on you!

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      • 3 May 06:59, by Mi diit

        America should also understand that Kiir was not elected by the people. He was rigged into the presidency and people did not bother because what they wanted in 2010 was to go over that process of elections and focus on referendum which was the most important thing in their lives. Kiir can NEVER win any free and fair democratic elections after independence.

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        • 3 May 07:05, by Mi diit

          Americans should study well the genesis of the problem. It is broader than they think. Forming a transitional government under Kiir again will not solve the problem because he will get back to square one. Remember that both Kiir and Dr. Machar were together in the government when the conflict started, so getting them back together again is not a solution. Kiir must go for true change to come.

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          • 3 May 07:12, by Mi diit

            US government is also helping escalating the war and more death instead of cornering Salva Kiir to step down by more military pressure from the rebels and diplomatic pressure from the international community. Their quest for more regional troops means expanding the war. They brought UPDF which fought the rebels and killed civilians. Now they want more regional troops to deter (fight) rebels.

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            • 3 May 07:17, by Mi diit

              Fighting will intensify between the rebels and the regional forces and this will make Salva Kiir feel secure, protected and even be on more military offensive against the rebels and civilians suspected of supporting the rebels such as the Nuer ethnic group. He will lose interest to talk peace. This will force the whole Nuer tribe to arm and fight back. America is making the real genocide in South

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      • 3 May 09:22, by Jewish Ally

        IT ALL WICKEDNESS COWARD KIIR AND GREEDY MACHAR AND ALL THERE SUPPORTERS.
        THE CAUSES OF REBEL"COUP" IT JUSTICE CONFUSION BETWEEN TWO AND IMPACT LIES ON THE INNOCENT PEOPLE. NO DARE TO HAVE EITHER MACHAR NOR KIIR AS LEADER OF THIS NATION AGAIN.
        B’SE KIIR HAS FAIL TO GOVERN THE COUNTRY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULE OF LAW. AND MACHAR IS A GREEDY AND AMBITIOUS KILLER THAT WANT TO GRAVE POWER FORCEFULLY

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        • 3 May 09:28, by Jewish Ally

          MIND YOU THAT SOUTH SUDAN IS MORE THAN A TRIBE ( AS YOU THINK NUER AND DINKA) THERE I NO NATION MADE UP OF SINGLE TRIBE. THE ONLY SOLUTION HERE IS FOR THOSE LEADERS TO ACCEPT AND ADHERE TO RECONCILIATION AND WE MOVE FORWARD.
          THE WAR WAS FOUGHT AND THERE WAS NO WINNER AND LOOSER. IT WAS A SENSELESS WAR JUSTIFY FOR KILLING INNOCENT LIVES WITH NO BENEFITS AT ALL.

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      • 3 May 14:49, by mathem jech amer

        Mi diit
        Which tribe is Riek going to lead except Nuer, ;let him come to Juba and call a rally, he will ashamed that only Nuers attended. Equatorians already fed up with him especially killing of Equatoria high ranking officers & women and children in Bentiu & Malakal. Kiir wants unity governemnt without him & Riek. He has already asked Wani to be ready for the chairmanship.What will Riek do after

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  • 2 May 15:13, by philipdit wol

    Do I thinks Riekk Machar will except face-to face talks? He should not have been scared after his failure to take over the seat of President by force. I would have vote him in if he could have managed to go for (2015) election but now he will looks up no way for him again.

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    • 2 May 15:59, by Joseph Canada

      Philipdit Wol, Dr. Riek and the team of those 11 were working toward a smooth 2015 National election that would’ve made SPLA a great Political powerhouse to win a majority !! President Kiir didn’t like that and so he manufactured a Coup so that it can complicate Dr. Riek. The whole World knows that it’s Kiir’s fault because he listened to Museveni. Thats was a great Mistake. We’ve lost many Lives.

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      • 2 May 18:04, by barbayo

        Nuer is only human being who done not like system in the World what made Raik to defected was bocz of system he done not want Wani Agga to Vice president of the country , thousands of life lose of bacuse of seat wani Agga, Raik Machar saved for Eight Years with out conflict ,but when he removed and bring Wani Agga he fought what kind of anmail that , this tranistion govt Raik Machar want,vice pre

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        • 2 May 21:21, by Nyesi Ta

          A gov’t whose Vice President is a yes man like comic James Wani is a loosing government. Wani is a man who does not bring anything to replenish the already rotten to the core gov’t. This is a corrupt gov’t, a tribalistic gov’t, and a genocidal gov’t whose head is brainless. Amen!

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        • 3 May 02:15, by Mr Point

          Can Machar really accept face to face talks with Kiir?
          When it was Kiir who created the fake coup?
          Kiir who tried to have Machar Assassinated on December 14.
          Kiir who instigated the massacre of Nuer civilians that started the endless revenge killings.
          Kiir. whose dictatorial leadership naturally caused leading SPLM politicians to oppose him.
          How can that work?

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    • 2 May 16:30, by Ayom Ayom

      It is now a lesson learned,

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  • 2 May 17:03, by NO PEACE

    there is no John kerry in south sudan kiir will not accept that peace of youths.

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  • 2 May 21:57, by hamil

    Some people really need upgrading of the brain judging by their comments they are immune to positive changes & good things these are the kind of people we don’t need. If you have a divisive mentality keep it with your family because it is responsible for your poor upbringing. If you hate Nuer hang yourself and leave those who love Nuer to stay alive and if you hate Dinka go hang as well.

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  • 2 May 22:08, by hamil

    This country does not have inscription on it that it belongs to Dinka and Nuer only God is not foolish to place the different tribes of S. Sudan where they are so who are you with your venom of hatred to come and spit your vile. If you don’t like Equatorians, Dinka, Nuer or any other tribe in this country then get the hell out or get rid of your life. Leave those who want peace for peace.

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