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S. Sudan’s Kiir accepts interim government with Riek Machar


May 6, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has accepted the formation of an interim government, which includes former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar.

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UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon (L) and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir address reporters in the capital, Juba, on 6 May 2014 (Photo: Isaac Alebe/UNMISS)

A top aide said the president expressed his willingness on this new administration during Tuesday’s meeting with the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki moon in the capital, Juba.

“The president has accepted that the government delegation at talks [in Addis Ababa] go ahead with all the discussions, including the interim arrangements,” the aide told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“He wants this conflict to be brought to an end so that a new page is opened, if the formation of the interim administration with Riek and his group can bring peace and stability to the country,” he added.

The South Sudanese leader also assured both leaders of his readiness for direct talks with the rebel leader as a way to resolve the ongoing violence in the new nation.

“He (Kiir) had accepted the formation of transitional government in these meetings and has already authorised the delegation at the negotiation to go ahead with all the discussions, including the interim arrangements,” the presidential aide said.


Meanwhile, Kiir said he was ready to remove any obstacle to bring peace in the country, reaffirming his willingness to directly meet his former deputy Machar.

“The priority now is to bring peace so that our people return to their homes. With our friends and the international community, we will work together to remove any obstacle to end this conflict. Our delegation at the peace talks has been given full mandate to negotiate in good faith so that they come with peace,” Kiir remarked on Tuesday.

The head of state told journalists at a new conference after holding a high level meeting with the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, that his government was working hard to stop the fighting so that people could return to their homes.

“The priority of the government now is to stop this unnecessary war so that the people could return to their homes. The return of the people who have been affected by this conflict to their homes now is one of the main objectives and focus of the negotiation,” said the South Sudanese leader.

“This is because we feel there would be serious disaster if we do not allow our people to cultivate now,” he added.

Kiir said he was ready to travel to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to meet rebel leader Machar, even if the meeting took place soon after he met Ki moon.

“I have assured His Excellency [Ban Ki-Moon] that I am ready now to travel to Addis Ababa, to go and meet with Riek Machar, if he will accept to meet me,” he said.


Kiir said he had also assured the UN secretary-general of his government’s “continuous cooperation with UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) authorities”.

“The period we have spent with UNMISS under the leadership of Hilde F. Johnson was a fruitful time,” he said.

“[She] has been working with us hand in hand and whatever happened during our crisis, these were misunderstandings but (there is) nothing that happens in human life that cannot be corrected,” he added.

Meanwhile, the UN chief welcomed the president’s decision to directly meet rebel leader Machar, describing it as a necessary step for the return of peace to the nation.

“I visited displaced persons …The United Nations will continue to help them so that they will be able to return to their homes as soon as possible,” he said. “For that to be possible there should be peace and security,” Ban said on Tuesday.

The UN chief vowed to speak with Machar and urge him to find a political solution to the crisis in the country, through dialogue.

“Even though they may have some different political views, there is nothing which they cannot overcome,” said Ban.

“They are the same people, same country – this is their country,” he added.

Ban also called on both leaders and those in command of military units to fully protect the civilian population and also respect international humanitarian and human rights laws, adding that those who committed crimes would be brought to justice.

“The United Nations is behind the people of South Sudan, and that is why I am here,” he said.


Analysts, however, expressed scepticism over Kiir’s statements, with some arguing it was simply an attempt to diffuse mounting international pressure on his administration to stop military offensive against rebel fighters.

“There was nothing new in the statement I have heard today. The president as usual expressed readiness to bring peace but has that ever happened? We have heard similar and powerful statements before. It is one thing to say something and it is completely another to put into action. Our people have had enough rhetoric and political narratives without substantive action,” a critic of the Kiir administration who spoke on condition of anonymity told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“The statements we have heard before were merely uttered for public relations. There was nothing serious about them,” he added.

However, the country’s deputy foreign affairs minister said Kiir’s government had done everything possible to bring peace to the country, but that the rebels have never reciprocated on their part.

“The government has as a matter of principle made it abundantly clear that it is fully committed to working for peace and reconciliation so that our people live together as brothers and sisters. The visit of the United Nations secretary-general is therefore complimentary to the current efforts to end this conflict,” said Peter Bashir Gbandi.


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  • 7 May 2014 07:31, by Jubawe

    hahahah Kiirr you soooooooo stutpid who do you think will accept this, people doesn’t want you any more, you are a fail leader, just step down\, Dr Riuak is not idiot to accept this rubbish

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  • 7 May 2014 07:35, by Jalaby

    That is exactly what I told you yesterday!!
    I told you Mr. Kiir will offer Machar his previous VP position again!!
    You see I always tell you about the future and what will happen next..did I ever lie to you? did I ever fool you?
    Read my comment of yesterday:

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    • 7 May 2014 07:44, by Jalaby

      I also told you that Mr. Machar will immediately decline Kiir offer because many water has run under the bridge and that old model is no longer valid and expired, too late!
      Machar is standing on strong ground while Kiir is standing on shaky ground hence Machar will put high demands on the table when sits with Kiir and Kiir will likely

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      • 7 May 2014 07:51, by Jalaby

        decline them because they don’t exist in his store and he can’t sell Machar goods that he can’t offer!
        Machar doesn’t trust Kiir anymore and if Kiir finds any chance to kill him he will never hesitate to do so the same way he did before when Kiir and Museveni assassinated George Athor in Kampala after they convinced him to come for peace negotiation!

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        • 7 May 2014 08:03, by Jalaby

          If and only if Machar would have to accept that VP position then Machar will ask for veto right to negate Kiir decisions, in other words, he will ask for power sharing 50/50 between them, Machar troop will never be dissolved in SPLA, will ask for the departure of UPDF immediately and Nuer right in oil money and since exists in their land!!

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          • 7 May 2014 10:05, by Force 1

            Which interim government with Riek Machar and the Riek who narrowly escape the Ulang county attack by government troops in Jonglei State? Did you guys remember the other day that President Kiir was going to have a face to face meeting with Riek! Where did that happened? And now you want to believe an interim government with riek included!

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      • 7 May 2014 08:09, by Majongdit

        How can Riek be on a strong ground in the bushes? The reality is that the international community has piled immense pressure on Kiir to work for peace. If everybody stands aside in this war and leave to the country alone, then these rebellion can be squashed soon. Now, Janjaweed and SAF are fighting alongside rebels. It can have serious implications on the stability of Sudan if confirmed.

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        • 7 May 2014 09:05, by Jalaby

          Well, there is no proof that SAF is fighting with south rebel and if it does then south rebel will overlap Juba within few hours!
          Yes, I agree with you, Janjaweed are fighting with south rebel but they’re fighting with them to kill their counterparts in the other side of the war; JEM & SPLA-N but not SPLA or Jonobean soldiers!

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          • 7 May 2014 09:14, by Jalaby

            Janjaweed bullets only kill JEM and SPLA-N and don’t work against SPLA/Jonobean in general, they’re very sophisticated bullets, exactly the same way of the smart bomb idea.. have you ever heard about the smart bombs that Americans used in Iraq and Afghanistan?
            The same applies for Janjaweed bullets!
            I hope you know the difference between smart bomb and dirty bomb!

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            • 7 May 2014 11:52, by Kalo

              Jalaby,Janjaweed Targeting SPLM/N and JEM,you are real stupid and crazy civilians have no knowledge about military,if they need SPLM/N why could n,t get them in S.Kordofan,i cannot talk of JEM but for SPLM/N,if we assist Kiir,Machar will not survive there,they know us very well before separation,SAF are very weak because failed to secure the boarder of Egypt,Israel bombed the many times.

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          • 7 May 2014 12:05, by Kalo

            Cont,Jalaby,Machar headquarter Nasir was capture by SPLA fores less than 4 months while SAF didn’t capture Kauda for 3 years,are still sing the song of Kauda,SAF knew only how to killed their own civilians,cannot fight small country like Eritrea if they could not even fight small states of South Kordofan useless.

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    • 7 May 2014 09:03, by hamil

      I have never responded to any of your despicable trolls but i take pleasure in doing that today for goodness sake don’t think you are fooling anyone here by trying to make yourself a modern day prophet. Some things are predictable by the common man unless you lack some common sense. You whine so much about South Sudan issues

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      • 7 May 2014 09:22, by Jalaby

        Mr. Hamil,
        Did I ever say I am modern day prophet?
        Well, if you can predict things by common sense then why you never predicted any minor event to us?!
        BTW Mr. Hamil, do you know your name "Hamil" means the small baby of the goat!!

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        • 8 May 2014 06:34, by Joseph Canada

          The small baby of the goat!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!
          Jalabi, you are funny ! No wonder why some of these people reason less than a brain of agoat! Well if your mother have a lesser brain to think and the only name she can give is the baby goat because it’s there in the yard, what would you think comes out of that baby? A brain more dead that that of the goat!!!!!

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  • 7 May 2014 07:37, by Mapuor

    I always say that Kiir is a charismatic leader and always work for peace.Yeah Riek Macar,Wani Igga and Telar Ring Deng can be made vice presidents and each directly reports to Kiir on the the responsibilities assigned to each.All illiterate officers be demobilized.Apportionment of Juba positions to ten states,in fact we only need 20 ministries in Juba so each state will have two.

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    • 7 May 2014 07:43, by Mapuor

      minorities in all state must be protected by a strong constitution in all ten states.Decentralization of the police,wild life,fire brigade and prisons must be done.Kiir will then finish his term and stand as chair man of SPLM in the next elections.If Riek or anybody wants to compete with Kiir he must quit the SPLM and form their own parties.

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      • 7 May 2014 08:15, by Wicdail

        You Dinka thugs literally behaved like dogs that always go back to their vomits that their system rejected. Your objective is to assumed the presidency rather than doing what it take. I don’t think the US and EU should indirectly punished the people of SS by impose this unimaginable man (Kirr). What is new for him to pursue Dr. Rick to bring change and peace, a part from that big black hat?

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        • 7 May 2014 08:30, by Wicdail

          To honest, your narratives and assumptions ready failed you primitive leader (Kirr), if this is what you cooked in Juba to be the platforms of this meeting between Kirr and Rick. LOL!!!!!!!!

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          • 7 May 2014 09:59, by Mapuor

            Do you think that America is ready to kill democracy in South Sudan?Riek is a tribal leader while Kiir is a national leader. Go to Juba and see how Kiir is supported even by thousands of highly educated Nuers.Dont be cocky my dear.Your illiterate generals will never make it back to the SPLA come what may. Apportionment of positions in Juba on tribal bases is not even in your favor Mr N

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    • 7 May 2014 08:24, by Gatkuoth

      In the cessation of hostility agreement, it was signed that Ugandan and other allied forces withdraw. Did Kiir Commit to that? He is a liar and his rhetoric is nothing but a mockery to the dead innocent civilians.

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  • 7 May 2014 07:52, by Sir King

    Kiir must bring peace to South Sudan. He is incompetent President and he should not make people die in excess for nothing. His personal constitution must be changed and form people constitution.
    We need:
    1. Presidential term limit.
    2. Reduction powers
    3. Total federal State
    4. Corruption free country
    5. Accountable government not just this Kiir’s government whereby you corrupt as you wish.

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    • 7 May 2014 08:13, by Bentiu son

      UNSC,UN General secretary Ban Ki- Moon should learn Salva Kiir’s false promises speech from US Secretary of State John Kerry whereby he falsely promised him to meet Dr Machar as to end bloodily feudal/tribal motivated war in South Sudan.Incompetent Salva Kiir thought he is clever to deceive the world rather been dump President ever in South Sudan History. Well,who cares? Interim Government will

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      • 7 May 2014 08:21, by Bentiu son

        materialize only when Salva Kiir declared his weakness and peacefully accept to step down peacefully as o give a peace a chance or he will be force to step down by South Sudanese people who want democracy,good governance,freedom of expression/speech/movement/,federalism,equality, rule of laws,term limit in constitution,fair election and accountable/transferable government system as means of rule.

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        • 7 May 2014 09:19, by Toney Toney Matot

          Bentiu Dog or whatever you called yourself.
          Riek realize the danger which coming ahead should he reject the transitional government with less position then he must face defeat from Mighty SPLA.this is not an option but is a must. let him be a man ecough to reject the acceptance of president Kiir to form transitional government. he will regret it. mark my words buddy.

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  • 7 May 2014 10:24, by Niggorota

    In African tradition when you swear that i will not do this and at the end you did what you siad you were not going to do, you will die for sure because of that.
    There are three things that our President had swear that HE WILL NOT DO and now he has done them;
    1- He said will never take SOUTH SUDAN BACK TO WAR; now he has.
    2- He said he will never thinking of share a government with Riak again; now

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    • 7 May 2014 11:16, by Malakal county Simon

      New Transitional government is not bad for the sake of peace in our country!! But the US and its allied should know the perpetrator and the roots cause of this conflict, before rushing to both parties to form interim government. The new transitional government should exclude Kiir in order to be materalise, because kiir caused the following below:

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      • 7 May 2014 11:24, by Malakal county Simon

        Imposing unpopular dictatorial constitution:
        Created a Fake coup in order to eliminate his opponents:
        Massacring innocent Nuer’s civilians in Juba, base on ethnicity:

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  • 7 May 2014 10:39, by Niggorota

    3- He said he will never sit down with Riak; Now he is going to on friend.

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    • 7 May 2014 10:58, by Force 1

      You’re counting your chickens before they hatched. Just waiting until whatever you’re counting up or saying happened. Remember in South Sudan; there will be no identical competing bulls but only one respected bull!

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  • 7 May 2014 11:47, by Niggorota

    /Form force 1
    there 16 bulls in the camp. And i fear non is going stand strong enough.

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  • 7 May 2014 19:40, by Kim Deng

    It’s OK to implement Dr. Riek’s vision, but not to be the leader. When Dr. Riek challenged Mr. Marxist-Leninist Garamg’s self-claimed "New Sudan" vision many lives were lost. As a result, his vision for self-determination for the people of South Sudan was accepted, but rejected to lead the country. Now, Mr. Salva accepted the interime gov’t, but Dr. must lead it.

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  • 7 May 2014 19:40, by chuol

    Dr Riek Machar would not accept to follow Kiir again unless the two should not be in the government untill elections days.
    warning!!! some one like Malong should not be the interim president!!!

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  • 7 May 2014 19:47, by Kim Deng

    I meant he (Dr. Riek) must not lead the interime gov’t according to Dinka Kingomd laws.

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