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S. Sudan rebel leader arrives in Ethiopia for direct talks with Kiir

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 8, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar arrived Thursday evening in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for Friday’s face-to-face talks with president Salva Kiir.

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United States special envoy to Sudans Donald Booth (not shown) together with IGAD’s mediators Ethiopian former foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin (L), Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Moustafa El Dabi (R) at an undisclosed location in South Sudan to meet former VP Riek Machar January 11, 2014 (Photo: Handout by Machar negotiators)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune from Bole international airport, spokesperson of the SPLM/SPLA in opposition, Mabior Garang confirmed that Machar arrived at about 8pm (local time).

The two rival leaders will hold direct talks on Friday, their first meeting since fighting in South Sudan broke out in mid-December last year between the two warring faction.

The agenda of the meeting remains unclear. However, Ethiopia government sources said immediate end of the violence, forming a transitional government and power sharing will be center of discussions.

Also, multiple government officials, including foreign diplomats in Juba claimed the talks would include an outline for an inclusive transitional government in the country

The South Sudanese president was due to travel to the Ethiopian capital on Friday.

Ethiopia’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti later told Sudan Tribune that president Kiir would arrive for direct talks in Addis Ababa on Friday.

Kiir and Machar agreed to meet after a visit by the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry to Juba last week. Kerry also had a telephone conversation with Machar.

Both leaders also received an official invitation from the Ethiopian prime minister and IGAD chairperson Hailemariam Desalegn. The two rival leaders are expected to hold consultation meetings with Desalegn, prior to the direct talks.

The conflict in the world’s newest nation erupted on December 15 when President Kiir accused Machar of staging a coup, an accusation the latter denies.

Violence has left tens of thousands of people killed and forced more than 1.3 million to flee their homes.

Both sides are being accused of committing war crimes and atrocities in many parts of the country. The United Nations on Wednesday said crimes against humanity were likely committed by the two rivals.

The rebel and government delegations have been under IGAD-led negotiations since January. However, the two sides have so far failed to make a major breakthrough to end the violence.

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  • 9 May 04:51, by papamoon

    Dr. Riek Machar is in Ethiopia capital for a peace talk face to face with the primitive kiir, let see if primitive kiir can make it there without hangover. He already attacked Bentiu; kiir and his militias JEM are on the run, we will see if they will make it out of unity state. John Kerry will condemn kiir action tomorrow.

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    • 9 May 05:01, by Bentiu son

      Dear Dear Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, plz be care for Salva Kiir’s coward tricks,don’t trust him he is spy,double dealer,betrayer,traitor and killer. He promised Egyptians that his genocidal government will supports Egypt for cessation of Ethiopian Dam and promised them that he will let them re open Jonglei Canal which was stopped during civil war in South Sudan.

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    • 9 May 05:12, by Bentiu son

      Dear John Kerry,Ban Ki-Moon,and IGAD leaders,notice that Salva Kiir and his stooge cabinet do not want political settlement to current feudal war.Yesterday,Salva Kiir’s Gelweng militias/SPLA,UPDF,JEM/SLM,SPLA-N and SSLM/A militias attacked our position in Unity State Rupkona County while Kiir falsely told public that he had stop military offensive against SPLA in Opposition.Kiir can’t be trust.

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      • 9 May 08:54, by Kalo

        Son of Bitch/Bentiu,you talk of Bentiu where is Nasir the Headquarter of White army,why are you crying of JEM&SPLM/N,you had brought Janjaweed and misseria militants,SPLM/N have not yet involve but if you invited us ,the game will finished without going to Addiss.

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        • 9 May 11:33, by Bentiu son

          Kalo,son of slave/Nuba,you guys it seems you are just a bunch of terrorists who have no vision,mission and values.Why leaving your course in Sudan and fighting to get money on Salva Kiir side? Waw! Since death of Yusif Kwa and Philip Ghabush,you Nuba got No leader at all,you are like fish without head.How many times did we defeat you with Gelweng militias/SPLA, UPDF, JEM/SLM and your SPLA-N? Many!

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      • 9 May 14:10, by RAPIST MAMBO

        basically on what so called Bentiu son said, suppose not to talk of primitive president you have currently then to have a glutton, greedy, selfish,merciless,inhuman rebels leader. if you happen to be a really educated person then you could be following just verbal PHD holder who doesn’t value his own people. for how long with Riek keep rebelling against the Government.

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    • 9 May 09:12, by mathem jech amer

      papamoon
      Kiir is already in Ethiopia, can you hang yourself, your rebel movement led by primitive generals who don’t speak Arabic, leave alone English, Kiir is not primitive, he can speak both English & Arabic, can those of Gatdet, Koang etc speak even simple Arabic?

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    • 9 May 11:07, by chuol

      Dr. Machar Oyeeeeeeeeeee!!!!
      Cdr.Pagan Amum Oyeeeeeeeeeee!!!
      Mama Rebecca Garang De Mabior Oyeeeeeeeeee!!!!
      KIIR is dead politically and millitary my dears!!!
      PAGAN AMUM DECLARED HIMSELF OFFICIALLY THAT HE WOULD NOT FOLLOW MR. SO THAT INUU, BECAUSE INUU, I INUU, YOU INUU, BUT INUUU. WELCOME TO THE INTELLECTUAL CAMP MR PAGAN AMUM OKEICH

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  • 9 May 05:16, by Peter Marko

    The traitor, backstabber, and both western and arab agent has only two options: either sign a peace agreement and wait for the next election, or he will not make it out of the Ethopia capital alive, mark my word. South Sudan intelligence and the other regional intelligences are closely monitoring his movement. He will regret why he went to Adiss Ababa, if he refuses to sign the deal. He is done!!!

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    • 9 May 05:43, by Bentiu son

      Marko,listen son of bastard,notice that Ethiopia is the home of Nuer unlike your coward desperate Paramount Chief who fear Dr Machar to death.No any threat about Dr Machar’s life there at all.Nuer have got Region 12 Gambella in Ethiopia in which they will monitoring and arrest any terrorists in Addis Ababa who attempt to harm people there. Remember your dead man who was sent as spy in Gambella.

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      • 9 May 07:06, by Peter Marko

        U son of whore, so-called Bantiu son. Do u know that the proposed meeting will be held in Addiss Ababa, not in Gambella.

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    • 9 May 05:49, by Toney Toney Matot

      Bentiu Dog,
      you and your useless Riek Machar are known as Good back stabbers , traitors greed for power and food lovers. you used all the time to lie that the government forces have attacked you when in the actual fact you are the one attacking government forces. Rabukona was captured long ago, how come can SPLA forces attack it Again when it under them.

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      • 9 May 06:18, by Bentiu son

        Toney Toney Matot,son of slave/Jaang,who told you that Rupkona County was captured by devil forces? Since Monday No Gelweng militias forces and their allies of UPDF,JEM/SLM n SPLA-N in Bentiu after they were badly defeated by our gallantry SPLA in Opposition.Whether u like it or not Dinka Kingdom will collapse despite imported mercenaries from many countries around the world.

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      • 9 May 10:39, by chuol

        TONEY TONEY MATOT (ATENY WEK ATENY)
        My friend take care with your violence words on the media. why do you ever call your masters as Nyagaats??
        Make sure that i know even the room that you use to drink your alcohol in Home and Away hotel during your week end!!!
        AKOL PAUL AND ATENY WEK ARE THE ONE DESTABILIZING THE COUNTRY ON SUDANTRIBUNE WITH THEIR EVIL ALIAS!!!!

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  • 9 May 05:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    What share of power?
    Second VP, will be given to him or governorship in Unity state. And his wife Angelina Teny, will be appointed as Leer county administrator.

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    • 9 May 06:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Is he in Addis to talk of What? and with who? [quoted Garang] why he wants to talk now, at the time when we are about to chase him out of the country? [ By Garang Mabior Atem]

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      • 9 May 06:33, by Bentiu son

        Dinka thugs notice that without below No agreement with your genocidal regime:Constitutional change,presidential term limits,federal system,democracy principles,freedoms of expression/speech/movement,equality in government and private sectors,installment of accountable government,corrupt free South Sudan and stepping of genocidal president frm government and SPLM chairmanship. No Dinka domination

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        • 9 May 07:46, by Toney Toney Matot

          Nyagat Bentiu Dog,
          you are leaving under Jieng mercy otherwise we can wipe you out of South Sudan. Riek has no option but should accept any position offered to him by President Salva Kiir Mayardit if he rejects, he will face consequences. Pual malong had promised to crash rebels sooner than latter.and the sign of defeat are seen in capturing of bentiu and Nasir

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          • 9 May 11:23, by Bentiu son

            Toney Matot Gogrial thievery son brought up with our oil money from greater Upper Nile region shut up!If your foolish Dinka Rek are men as you poorly claim than Why your son Salva running up and down looking for man powers whom can fight Nuer warriors in RSS.Importing foreigners to fight in the country is cowardliness,madness,ridicules,ignorance, foolishness,oafishness and lack of nationalism

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  • 9 May 07:14, by Nyesi Ta

    Kiir is now preparing a dust bin shredder to shred Vice President Wani, the puppet, once an agreement is reached. Wani without his own army will not be able to resist nor will he be able to mobilize Equats or even his village men since he lacks support in Equatoria. Baba Jah song is coming to an end mr. Useless v/p.

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    • 9 May 08:01, by Fundamental Change icon

      Nyesita Ta , I totally agree with you.The Bari fool called Wani will be discarded into the dust bin ofcourse he is always being used like a condom by the husband of his mother Kiir.Depending on the outcome ,once a transitional gov’t is signed, Riek will be reinstated as first VP and Wani Iga will be thrown away as usual.No single Equatorian will be behind him.Wani is a total disappointment.

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    • 9 May 08:03, by Peter Marko

      Your godfather, Riak Mashit, will be appointed as second vice president or presidential assistance without any power. Riak is doomed.

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  • 9 May 07:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    President Kiir is not foolish to share power with Riek Machar. Pagan Amum, will be considered from rebel side to be in power of interim government.
    Administration, is not fooled to include Riek Machar, the seasonal rebel.

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  • 9 May 08:15, by Letigolight

    A very shabby and awkward looking cow boy will be speaking to a doctor before the dignitaries from all over the world on behalf of the government of South Sudan, I disown him totally; the people of South Sudan and the entire world has been disappointed with this poor so called his Excellency; look at the rotten hat and the bushy beard. Shameful!,
    http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article5090

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  • 9 May 10:17, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Am appealing to the two leaders to held this face-face talk without any preconditions which might hamper peace in this country, people had suffered enough and it is right time for South Sudanese to have peace regardless of their tribes and region.

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  • 9 May 10:21, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    As these leaders were strikers for the ongoing conflict in the country, they should also be ambassadors of peace to people of South Sudan as they meet today for their first round table since crisis broke out last December

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  • 9 May 16:16, by Kim Deng

    If Dr. Riek accepts to be in the same position within the Dinka Kingdom, will these roaring Lions/Tigers (Gatdet, Gatwech, Tanginye...yield to his submission?
    http://upperniletimes.net/details.php?id=753

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    • 9 May 20:40, by Malakal county Simon

      Kim Deng
      I like your question but at the same time i don’t think Dr Machar is dumb enough to accept vice presidency under Kiir again because he will not be safe and does not make any different either way... Both leaders have to step aside and let’s south Sudanese choose their interim leader, until election time for those who are interesting to contest!!

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      • 9 May 23:36, by Ito

        I am not a Nuer but I am ready to Die for Dr. Riek Machar because I believe that he has a vision for the country unlike those stupid Dinkas who think the country belongs to all of them. All Dinkas will cry soon, it is just a matter of time. Bible says there is time for everything. Nuer are peaceful people and no one can deny that. Dinkas think they can manipulate other tribes to hate nuer

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