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No risk of S. Sudan becoming failed state, says speaker

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May 3, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s parliamentary speaker, Magok Rundial, has rejected claims South Sudan is at risk of becoming a failed state, saying there are no indications that the country could disintegrate into smaller, tribal-based administration units.

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Civilians recover in Unity state capital Bentiu after a recent surge in ethnic violence after the strategic town was recaptured by rebel forces from government troops

The comments come despite growing international concerns that the country is descending into full-scale civil war amid a looming humanitarian catastrophe.

However, Rundial maintains the conflict, which erupted in mid-December last year, is open to different interpretations and claims South Sudan is a failed state are politically motivated.

“Some people have talked of [a] failed state, others have talked of disintegration and others are now expressing fears of genocide. I want to tell you this, and this is exactly the meaning of all these interpretations, the people who are talking about this have their own hidden political agenda to cover,” he told Sudan Tribune on Saturday.

“I want to tell you that any suggestion that South Sudan is, or is at risk of becoming, a failed state is either ignorant of the resilience of our people or offensive and inappropriate,” he added.

Rundial described the new nation as democracy that “protects the rights of minorities regardless of ethnicity or religion”, saying the use of the term such as “failed state” undermined efforts to achieve peace and social harmony in the country.

He also urged South Sudan’s youth not to become embroiled in tribal politics and tensions.

“I would like to tell our young people – the youth to whom the future of this country belongs to – not [to] emotionally accept to be loaded with historically inaccurate tribal narratives about other tribes or region,” he added.

“You must reject any double standard claim by any leader wanting to use you as a ladder for leadership position,” he added.

The speaker made the remarks at a meeting with youth leaders from greater Unity state on Saturday.

Thousands of people have been killed and more than a million displaced in the conflict, which is now entering its fifth month.

South Sudan has come increased international scrutiny in recent weeks following a fresh wave of ethnic violence in Unity and Jonglei states in which civilians were targeted.

In the strongest comments yet on South Sudan both US state secretary and John Kerry and senior UN officials have warned the country is facing a possible genocide.

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  • 4 May 2014 11:19, by Mapuor

    Bravo gat Rundial.You are the ablest person in Unity state.You are a true Nuer son,others are bastards,you can see that from their appearances.Lead your people out of current poverty.Staying in squalid conditions in UN camps,refugee camp etc just to accommodate a Dok son who believes Dok are born to rule is useless.Prove him wrong,Jagay people are also born to rule.Every one is born to rule.

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  • 4 May 2014 11:19, by Wicdail

    This is just a piece shits putting up by failed state leaders from here and there. Putting up on the screen the punitive Sudan’s rebels who were wounded in actions or on crossed fire; while leaving the real civilian victims and the citizens of this country who were killed and wounded in a UN protection camp in Bor, is literally showing that SS is a fail state.

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    • 4 May 2014 11:26, by Wicdail

      Mapuor,
      You just congratulated your stupidity in the person of and other stupid so-call Speaker is it? Do you think that your intelligence and analyse is more accurate than the international community? Piece shits sitting there LoL!!!!!! Where did you get the term (Gat) in Dinka language by the way? LOL!!!!!

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  • 4 May 2014 12:33, by Jalaby

    Mr. Speaker,
    Stop being a liar .. the south is already a failed state and even worse and heading to second Rwanda/Somalia model.
    If the ethnic cleansing continues to perform so ugly like that then the south will soon fall under international trusteeship and be ruled by white people!
    Please remark my words and remember my prediction is always astonishing!

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    • 4 May 2014 15:16, by Gordon

      Jalaby, this time you are wrong. There aren’t any longer "White People" who are interested to interfere into SS-affairs. Whatever they are doing it will be considered as wrong by Africans. They have burnt their fingers for quite a long time. Now they are sitting back just observing.

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  • 4 May 2014 14:00, by Pif Paf

    It depends on how you define a failed state. Taking all factors into consideration, id say S.Sudan is on the brink of a failed state if not already. The Government is helpless even with the help of foreign mercenaries and starvation of millions a real concern now. Also Machar seems to be getting stronger. Kiir needs to take serious decisions and quick before its too late.

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