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S. Sudan peace talks postponed over separate demands

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June 16, 2014 (JUBA) - The second round of South Sudan’s peace talks between the government and the opposition, initially scheduled for Monday in the Ethiopian capital, has been postponed after the warring parties raised separate demands, an official disclosed.

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Negotiators at South Sudan peace talks in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa review a draft cessation of hostilities agreement on 13 January 2014 (Photo courtesy of Larco Lomayat)

“We have written to the Ethiopian prime minister, who is the chairperson of the IGAD to inform [him] of our concern over this unbecoming and unacceptable use of insulting comments", South Sudan’s government spokesperson, Michael Makuei said.

"If President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are stupid, it means the people of South Sudan are [also] stupid, which is an unacceptable description”, he added.

Makuei said South Sudanese government delegation needed an explanation from the IGAD on the matter.

Last month, the first round of talks saw both president Kiir and rebel leader Machar sign an agreement, which shed a greener light on possibly ending nearly six-months of conflict on the country.

Meanwhile, rebel sources have urged the mediation team to extend invitation to civil society members in areas under their control or those who fled to the neigbouring countries for peace talks.

CIVIL SOCIETY INCLUSION

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

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

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

He said his group had 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.

Last week, government, civil societies, political parties, religious groups and the former political detainees nominated their representative to the talks mediated (IGAD). The three-day symposium brought together some 150 participants representing government, SPLM-in-opposition, political parties, faith based groups, civil societies and traditional leaders.

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  • 17 June 07:48, by dinkdong

    Kiir and Riek are 100% stupid and they made us, S. Sudanese, stupid.

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    • 17 June 08:58, by Mi diit

      It is another stupid undisciplined junior officer of IGAD ex-secretary Mahboub Maalim who said stupid, not the IGAD mature chairman, prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Stupid Maalim generalized all leaders as stupid when he was also stupid not to raise his voice against stupid Museveni’s interferences which caused the war in South Sudan.

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      • 17 June 09:50, by Projector

        Hahahaaaaaaa!!!!! Mi Diit, no defending either Machar or Kiir. Whoever made this remark is right. Start reviewing the situation in South Sudan from 2005 after signing CPA up to current situation, you will come to believe all the leaders in South Sudan are even beyond Stupidity. Imagine in this current crisis,the demand made are all childish and individual demands. To heal with them.

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  • 17 June 07:52, by Jalaby

    HAHAHAHAHA
    IGAD is correct, both warring parties in S Sudan are "Stupid" LOL LOL
    Although IGAD has discovered this fact very late but you know coming late better than not coming at all LOL
    These guys are not just "Stupid" as IGAD said but they’re dumb visionless too!

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    • 17 June 08:03, by Jalaby

      The north let the south go with huge oil and cash in their pockets with all the reasons for a better life and very bright future .. but look how these guys messed up the whole situation there just few years after the separation from north and put the whole south at the verge of disappearance from the map!

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      • 17 June 08:13, by Jalaby

        Don’t be short sighted and naive and say all that because of Kiir incompetency and visionless, yes that could be small portion of the problem but not all of it, you need to look at the root cause of the problem, look at the problem from all its dimensions, go to the history and search for the reason behind all southerners fighting against each others, the mentality of

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        • 17 June 08:28, by Jalaby

          southerners, their cultures and their extent of accepting others and their ability to live in harmony with their differences..look at the problem from its all dimensions and you will understand the root cause of the problem!
          The recent Equatorians voices calling for federalism that start to emerge and gradually become so loud could shed a very important light about

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          • 17 June 08:35, by Jalaby

            the hidden part of the problem.
            Unfortunately,the south is not yet ready to accept itself and live in peace with their differences,the south is so big and very rich of different ethnicity,it’s like many fake and failed countries in Africa created by the colonization that can’t live for long because they lack for the basic requirements of building a nation such as:

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            • 17 June 09:53, by Jalaby

              Congo, CAR, Burundi, Rwanda, etc!
              The war can easily be started but very difficult to end, and the longer it continues the harder to be resolved!
              The south problem is deeper than just concluding it between Kiir & Machar or just Dinka and Nuer!

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          • 17 June 08:40, by Akol Liai Mager

            Good on you Jalaby, only Fugitive Bashir is very clever for having killed 2.5 million Sourh Sudanese, 300,000 Darfurians, 400,000 Nuba, 600,000 Angesenars and still at large and dropping more than 50 bombs in Nuba Mts on daily baasis.

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  • 17 June 09:22, by hamil

    So all along the South Sudan government did not realize that it is composed of stupid people? I want to repeat the words of the C/P of IGAD that both Salva and Riak Machar are stupid and they will go to their graves stupid. All those pretending to be peace negotiators at the Ethiopian Capital are stupid and they are stupidly merry making in those Addis Ababa hotels when people are suffering.

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