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South Sudanese peace talks adjourned over inclusivity crisis

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June 23, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Mediators of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have announced an indefinite adjournment of the Addis Ababa peace talks between the South Sudanese government and the rebels of the armed faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM in Opposition) over a crisis over inclusivity.

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Face to face talks between the South Sudanese government and rebels in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, resumed on 13 January 2014, with a secured a ceasefire agreement signed later that month (Photo: AFP/Carl De Souza)

IGAD mediators on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, announced that the 4th round of the peace talks which prematurely opened on Friday without the participation of the rebel group is “adjourned” until further notice in order to give ample time for further “consultations.”

The Friday round of talks only saw the participation of the government delegation, former SPLM detainees and civil society organisations from the government controlled areas as rebels boycotted.

On Sunday the rebel group led by the former vice president, Riek Machar, said they boycotted the “partial” and “premature” resumption of the talks on Friday, stressing that the selection process for other stakeholders such as the civil society organisations and faith-based groups was unfair and lacked transparency.

The rebels demanded that civil society organisations abroad including those in UNMISS camps in the country be represented, arguing that they were the victims whose views were important for a sustainable peace process.

IGAD on Monday reacted by adjourning the peace talks indefinitely, blaming the rebels for not participating.

IGAD ACCUSED OF BACKTRACKING

SPLM/A in Opposition has however criticized as “unnecessary” the decision by IGAD to adjourn the peace talks had they heeded to their concerns and corrected the selection process of other stakeholders.

They also said the two warring parties would have continued with direct talks while the selection process of the other stakeholders was being reviewed and corrected.

In a press release issued on Monday in response to the IGAD adjournment and signed by the deputy spokesperson for the SPLM/A in Opposition, Mabior Garang de Mabior, the rebels decried the Monday collapse of the peace talks, accusing IGAD of “backtracking” from the agreed agenda and framework.

“It looks as if the mediation has backtracked from the 28 April agenda and framework, and a new framework not agreed upon is being imposed on the warring parties,” Mabior alleged.

He said the mediators have undermined the spirit of inclusivity when they succumbed to the government’s trick of presenting their handpicked institutions as the only credible civil society organisations to participate in the talks.

“The SPLM/SPLA fears that the mediation undermined inclusivity by presenting government sponsored institutions as credible South Sudanese civil society organisations,” he said.

Rebels in the past said they warned the mediators of the government’s intention to spoil the inclusivity process, saying Juba was initially not happy with participation of civil society organisations in the peace process.

The opposition group said they accept the participation of the other stakeholders in a “consultative manner” as long as the selections for inclusivity were done fairly and transparently while the two main warring parties continued to directly engage each other in resolving the conflict.

Mabior challenged the decision by IGAD to adjourn the talks instead of allowing the two warring parties to continue to directly engage in the peace process.

“It is unfortunate that the mediation has decided to adjourn the mediation indefinitely as this will unnecessarily prolong the war and the suffering of our people,” he added.

It is not clear when the peace talks will resume amidst growing concerns that the two rival parties may resort to military activities against each other.

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  • 23 June 19:41, by Juma El-Saidi.

    I’m so sure that the IGAD mediators are only favouring the goverment not knowing that KIIR is the one who instigated the war within the country.SPLA in Opposition i for one am behind you be it in any way i will never leave you.Dinka must go and am so suprised that some stupid Dinka refugees were beaten by M7 armies in the refugee camps. Shame on them with that mentalities.

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  • 23 June 20:35, by barbayo

    Juma Elsaidi
    you are new stupid in this Sudan tribune , rebels have no objectives some of rebels were chase out from hotels in Ethiopia and Kenya

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  • 23 June 20:44, by laatmachol apac

    Which inclusiveness the food lover rebellion preach? Nuer who fighting nonsense war are advocating for inclusiveness, why you do not call people from ten state to participate instead those who were fighting government after defeating them the surrender themselves to UNMISS camp.what a bout other brother from Nuer community who know what the future is,they are enjoying life free with us.

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  • 23 June 20:54, by laatmachol apac

    those who hate Dinkas are more stupid then dog,there is no country for South Sudanese without dinkas unless you open space in heaven hence you will not get Dinkas.Dinkas are liberator of this country and no one can own it without portion for Dinkas.Raik Machar is addicted to rebellion since 1991 because he will not win public opinion that is why he is disturbing the new born country.

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  • 23 June 21:05, by laatmachol apac

    any person who will follow regime of Kiir will survive then someone who footstep of Rebel Riak Machar because of
    1-Kiir have sympathy for his people
    2-Kiir has never rebel against his group since the beginning
    3-Kiir have spirit of forgiveness
    4-kiir have cooperative attitude
    5-kiir have a faith in his face
    6-Kiir is father in christ
    but because no good follower people are misusing the name of Din

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  • 23 June 22:22, by Jubawe

    laatmachol apac

    I think you lost brain like Kirr too , because Kirr alway use word of forgiveness doesn’t mean that he is a good lead, Kirr damaged the whole nation, Dinka stealing money from his office, he doesn’t have future plan at all, Kirr at least should build road from Juba to you Village so we educate your bush people, Kirr is forcing him to be lead but unfortunately his lack of that

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  • 23 June 22:36, by Jubawe

    laatmachol apac

    Our country does not need kind person to be leader, our country need Qualify and good leadership baseless on tribalism, Kirr knows he failed as lead thus why he try to be nice to gain public attention as said before our nation doesn’t need kind person but need qualify leadership, Dinka supporting Kirr to keep their Kingdom alive but soon Democratic system will be install in nation

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    • 24 June 08:18, by barbayo

      Jubawe
      who is quality leader you talking about?

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    • 24 June 08:32, by barbayo

      Jubawe
      son of Bari this war will back to later on ,one who will start war are Nuer follows other tribes , after war erupt in Juba 15/12/2013 some brothers and sister of Nuer and others fled country as been said tribes war ,but up now not tribal war.Now
      1548 houses are taken by bari now those houses are belong to Nuer Bari claims theirs ,they are moving every if they get house is block they says

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      • 24 June 08:48, by barbayo

        people who near with that house if people say belong Nuer write down and they go tile now 1548 houses are taken by Bari and to believe me those Bari started process documents of those houses apart from documents of owners of the houses .Director General of Land in the Ministry of house Central Equatoria State start given them documents ,is brother of Peter Abdraman Sulu as Director General

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        • 24 June 09:06, by barbayo

          Jubawe
          Bari are opportunist people just eat at back of others why are you start taking brothers sisters houses who are fled the country of fear? this war will back you later on ,brother of Peter Abdrahaman Sulu is Director General of Land CES now he has commission to every house 15% and those houses belong to Nuer ,now some Dinks took the case to court to stop bari bad practices taken houses Nuer.

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  • 23 June 23:07, by Ito

    Unless people understand that there is no true government in south sudan but a small Dinka Kingdom, there will be no peace. The tribal kingdom in power can only be removed by violence means. Bribing civil society organizations to go and pretend they are independent but when judge by action you will no that there is no difference between their position and that of Dinka government. Ya Jamaa, wake u

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  • 24 June 05:26, by Philosopherking

    A Lesson to Kirr and his Kleptomaniacs is to stop acting stupid. Why would anyone in their right mind confiscate some people’s passports, restricting their movement and preventing them from participating in the peace talks? If Kirr is really committed to these peace talks, there would be no reason to object to being including people in the peace talks.

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    • 24 June 05:32, by Philosopherking

      Kirr’s government excludes, oppresses, and ignores minority communities, Igga went on to say Opposition should not be part of the interim government, Kirr’s presidential guards disarmed members of its own battalion for being from a different ethnic group? On signing the agreement, Kirr stated that he must always remain the leader of that country! They never think of repercussions to their actions

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      • 24 June 05:36, by Philosopherking

        What a bunch of brainless chickens! South Sudanese need to speak up against Kirr’s incompetence and failed and vision-less government. They are never committed to peace, never committed to improving the lives of the common man, never committed to nation building. To those who still believe Kirr wishes south Sudanese well, think again! He would rather tear this country into peaces, than to ensure !

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    • 24 June 08:21, by Augustino

      who issued them passport man? this showed clearly that Nuer people never know how system operates? you denounced the legitamacy of the government and yet you claim the validity of its signitures on the passport. common people let go back to peace talk such that you go back to eating. in weakleak Riek Machar is number 1 corrupt yet Nuer stupid did not see.Dinak will Rule you for live like it or not

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      • 24 June 12:20, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Peace, security, stability and development in South Sudan can never be held hostage by the senseless demands of the senseless rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar who survives on constant switch of allegiance and logistical support provided by Khartoum since 1991. The IGAD rules clearly say no transportation of Riek’s perceived stakeholders living outside South Sudan or Africa.

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        • 24 June 12:22, by Adodi Jotuwa

          And the rule does not say IDPs should be represented because they are in a neutral survival zone unless they confess that they support rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar who believes that he will one day rule South Sudan at any cost. South Sudan cannot be democratically transformed in Addis Ababa by participation of the Nuer IDPs living in the UNMISS Camps in South Sudan.

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          • 24 June 12:23, by Adodi Jotuwa

            In Juba majority of IDPs are Nuers. What about those in Malakal, Bentiu, Akobo, and Bor? Do they support the senseless tribal rebellion of Dr. Fool Riek Machar who preaches that he will never surrender to what he calls “Dinka Kingdom”, except the “NCP-led Kingdom in Khartoum”? Is it because the military wing is composed of Nuer, compared to the political one in Addis Ababa Hotels?

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            • 24 June 12:25, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Inclusivity is not the issue; Dr. Fool Riek Machar has no any tangible political agenda to table to IGAD mediators. If you are addicted to constant switch of allegiance, betrayal, treason and senseless rebellion since 1991, how can you put forward a genuine political agenda that resonate with the peace-loving South Sudanese stakeholders, regional, continental, and international community?

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              • 24 June 12:27, by Adodi Jotuwa

                I still feel sorry for Dr. Fool Riek Machar who fails as usual because he always sees things through tribal lens. His smiling is tribal. His rebellion is tribal. His agenda is tribal and his complaint of inclusivity of stakeholders in the peace talks is tribal, hoping that using the well-known drug-addict in Washington, DC. Mabior Garang will change things in his favor. Did his father, John Garang

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                • 24 June 12:34, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Did his father, John Garang argue CPA like that? What is the implication of assigning uneducated drug-addict to the general public or mediators. That is the problem of SELECTION PROCESS of DR. FOOL RIEK MACHAR WHO HANDPICKED MABIOR GARANG, not Government who selected educated and experienced members of negotiation team and right stakeholders. Riek’s selection process is poor like his vision.

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