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S. Sudan stakeholders nominate representatives for peace talks

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

June 9, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A multi-stakeholders symposium on South Sudan ended on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital after three days of heated debate on a range of contentious issues, including the formation of a federal system of governance and interim leadership in the new nation.

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Various representatives at the South Sudan symposium held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 8 June 2014 (Photo courtesy of IGAD)

At the end, however, government, civil societies, political parties, religious groups and the former political detainees nominated their representative to the peace talks mediated by the East Africa regional bloc (IGAD).

Accordingly, the four groups, which exclude the opposition civil society have each forwarded four representatives to the talks, totaling to 28 members.

However, the opposition civil society, which was supposed to bring seven representatives - equal as the other sides - brought only two members. As a result they couldn’t secure a single seat having been outnumbered by their opponents.

The opposition side now holds IGAD responsible over its defeat, saying, the regional body had allegedly failed to carryout its responsibility of transporting to the venue of the talks members of the opposition civil society organisations based in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Puoch Riek Deng, the public relations officer within the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SSRRA) in Addis Ababa said that majority of those elected were civil society members coming from the government-controlled areas.

These people, he said, nominated themselves and represented views of the regime.

“We have rejected the civil society nomination processes. It was flawed, incredible, and unfair and politically motivated”, Deng told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

He said his group has already protested to IGAD’s special envoy, General Lazarus Sumbeiywo over the matter.

Deng also accused the IGAD-instituted African Union Commission of Inquiry into South Sudan crimes of allegedly only visiting areas under government control to meet civil society members while largely ignoring those in rebel-controlled areas.

“These are the victims and family of the victims killed in juba. They must be consulted. They must be listened to and heard”, he said adding that “Their participation to the peace process is important and must be taken into considerations”.

The group urged the East African regional bloc to make this process inclusive, representative and diverse to represent all section of South Sudanese communities.

The symposium brought together some150 participants representing government, SPLM-in-opposition, political parties, faith based groups, civil societies and traditional leaders.

IGAD said its mediators will use the three-day all inclusive meeting to determine possible areas of common ground on thematic issues in order for future negotiations.

A source close to the peace process on Friday told Sudan Tribune that IGAD will announce the timetable for next round of talks between the two South Sudan rivals based on outcomes of the just-concluded symposium.

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  • 10 June 07:46, by Gabriel Ajak

    They want to confuse IGAD or peace mediators group, laws and regulation are nothing for them because the tribe as a whole is illiterate to the extant that if the don’t understand what the IGAD say they immediately come up with unnecessarily idea to confuse the talk,they are like deaf people what they know is only looting.

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  • 10 June 08:03, by Adodi Jotuwa

    Ya Puoch Riek Deng,
    I have some questions for you and your retarded Dr. Fool Riek who believed in 1991 that he could bring change to SPLM/A before ending up in Khartoum. What areas do you control? What did u do with the money looted from Bor (twice), Malakal (twice)and Bentiu (twice)? If there are no members of Opposition Civil Society in Hotel in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, where do u expect IGAD...

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    • 10 June 08:09, by Adodi Jotuwa

      ... to bring your members of OCS from? Who told u dat the members of Civil Society from the government-controlled areas were transported by IGAD? If IGAD offers minimal amount, then it’s your responsibility to top it up with looted money that you’re having fun with in Hotels in Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Khartoum and Kampala.

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      • 10 June 08:19, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Do you still want to confuse IAGD like the "White Army" so that you continue looting South Sudanese towns besides inflicting massive destruction and displacement on towns and civil population? No way. In the North Sudan, you’re good at being militia and laborers for building Amarat and in the South you’re good at, name it LOOOOOOTING. Never temper with the words "democracy and Federalism."

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        • 10 June 08:29, by Adodi Jotuwa

          You only know LOOOOOTINGS and BRUTAL KILLLLINGS as it happened in 1991 Bor massacre is still evident because it continued up to 2013/2014. The world did not failed to ignore the one of Bentiu although it did before in Bor, (thrice), Malakal (twice)where Shilluk even felt the heat. South Sudan will be peaceful when Dr. Fool Riek renounces violence and believes in peaceful transfer of power.

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          • 10 June 08:55, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Dr. Fool Riek should not temper with the two words mentioned above besides the alleged "formation of interim government." He has every right to run as a presidential candidate, whether as an SPLM, Nasir Faction, SSIM, you name it. But what I know is dat, Riek always wants short-cut to rule South Sudan at any cost, but not through elections that’s why he resorts to violence as usual.

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            • 10 June 09:03, by Adodi Jotuwa

              When the late Dr. John Garang said "Sudan will never be the same again" Khartoum did not believe it until South Sudan breaks away. Now the same thing is applicable "South Sudan will never be the same again as pre-December 15th, 2013". Security arrangements and reconciliation will top the agenda to pave way for togetherness and peaceful contest in general elections when the time comes.

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              • 10 June 09:09, by Adodi Jotuwa

                When elections time comes, South Sudanese and the rest of the world will see which presidential candidate will really win the popular support of the South Sudanese masses and advance this youngest country for the next generation while living peacefully with the neighboring countries and especially resolving the outstanding issues between Juba and Khartoum. Elections will prove who is who.

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                • 10 June 09:17, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  South Sudanese must never forget the record of every hopeful, whether the candidate has been recycled as a Minister or not, what did he/she do right/wrong in that past and how/why will he/she do it differently this time. We need to remember that those who are likely to run are on both sides of the isles—government side, opposition and the other political parties alike to reflect inclusivity.

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