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Machar writes to UN chief over stalled S. Sudan peace process

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June 25, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese leader of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM in Opposition), Riek Machar, has written a letter to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon explaining his position over stalled IGAD-mediated peace talks with Salva Kiir’s government, a rebel spokesperson has revealed.

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South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar gives a press conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 12 May 2014 (Photo: AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

IGAD mediators on Monday in Addis Ababa announced they adjourned the peace talks indefinitely over inclusivity crisis of the other stakeholders who were to join the negotiations.

The mediation team would also travel to New York to recommend to the UN Security Council (UNSC) an action to take against the two parties, possibly targeted sanctions.

The rebels however described the adjournment of the talks as unnecessary; saying their readiness for direct talks with the government delegation was previously stated clearly to the mediators which they have also reiterated in the letter to the UN chief, dated 23 June.

“The chairman and commander-in-chief of SPLM/SPLA, Dr Riek Machar Teny, has written a letter to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, in which he reiterated our commitment and readiness for direct talks with the government,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

Dak explained that direct talks between the two main rivals would have continued, adding that the matter over inclusivity or selection process of the other stakeholders such as civil society organisations and faith-based groups would be fairly and transparently reviewed and prepare them for a consultative role.

The rebels boycotted a premature opening of the fourth round of talks on Friday and Saturday in protest over what they said was unfair selection process of the other stakeholders who were dominated by pro-government civil societies. They also preferred direct talks with the government delegation in order to beat the dateline of two months imposed by the mediation.

“These other stakeholders would participate in a consultative manner. This is because we want the two warring parties to directly negotiate in order to expeditiously reach to a political settlement within the 60-day timeframe,” Dak added.

“It was unnecessary for the talks to adjourn. The two parties should have engaged in direct negotiations while the other stakeholders are reserved for a consultative role. On our part we are ready for talks with the government to end the crisis,” he said.

The other stakeholders included but not limited to the civil society organizations, faith-based groups and former SPLM detainees, sometimes known as the third bloc.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson added that in the letter to the UN chief, Machar expressed his gratitude for the passing of the UNSC resolution 2155 (2014), which expands the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The new mandate covers the protection of monitoring of verification teams charged with monitoring of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed by the two parties on 23 January.

(ST)

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  • 26 June 06:23, by Tong dut

    Good Machar,
    That stupid dinka kiir most go, or coup is the only solution.
    He will not resign,only gun fire is the solution.

    Now new war withequatorian for federalisim.juba will be under gun fire with KIIR SPLA.

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    • 26 June 06:56, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      The dog Riek Machar has been defeated and resort into begging UN. Lolz. He will be kill after this peace. Make no mistake. There are no more fighter from his Nuer tribe. All are either killed and runs to Ethiopia.
      All his commanders runs to Addis for hiding. Many of them are in kakuma
      Only Gadat is in the bush suffering for blood pressure. He will either be kill or die from sickness. No peace.

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      • 26 June 07:27, by Malakal county Simon

        To the idiot above called himself they people’s power, if Dr machar have been defeated as you claimed, who is controlling Nasir, Gadiang, and Renk? If you’re idiot and alcoholic like your step-father Salva Kiir who has no brain!!

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        • 26 June 07:46, by Malakal county Simon

          correction; If you’re not idiot and alcoholic like your step-father Salva Kiir who has no brain!!

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        • 26 June 17:06, by Rommel

          Malakal county Simon:

          You’re delusional. The rebels never took control of Renk, they don’t control Gadiang and they certainly haven’t regained control of Nasir.

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          • 26 June 21:25, by Malakal county Simon

            Rommel:

            You have no different with Philip Aguer or Makui Lueth..... You’re a typical Dinka, but i will speak to you on another time.... Cheers!!!!

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            • 26 June 21:36, by Rommel

              Malakal county Simon:

              There’s nothing ’typical’ about me. You are not in control of any of the areas that you mentioned. Your little rant made absolutely no sense, and yet you expect people to be stupid enough to just go Okey-dokey!? You’ve not presented evidence for your claims. You’re just spinning in circles after yourself, as neurotic retards and diseased animals are prone to.

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    • 26 June 07:41, by Ayom Ayom

      I wish they mediator should speed up to get back both parties to finalize the peace process. I am worried that a serious offensive fighting between the Waring factions may resume soon.

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      • 26 June 08:25, by Mr Point

        I blame Riek for what he did in 1991. I blame Riek for his failure to restrain the White Army from atrocities even now, although this is a militia that is never under control.

        But I do see Riek as a politician with purpose and vision, a man who can speak to world leaders convincingly.

        Riek talks like an adult. Salva Kiir talks like a child.

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    • 26 June 20:40, by Abyei Soil

      Point of Correction to those who edit this piece of news, he is not Commander of SPLM/SPLA as such, he is Commander of SPLM/SPLA-In Opposition to make you understand. Thank for correction!!! Don’t wish the man a thing that he will never get.

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  • 26 June 06:35, by omoni jr.

    salva kiir.
    The massacred of Nuer civilians on 12/15/2013 was something longed planned by Dinka leaders across the south sudan.

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    • 26 June 07:17, by Chol A.

      Dr hopeless, written the leader to UN Security Council where you two warring parts attitude at talk could be analysis shows you know your negotiators behaviours at the talks. Your negotiators made mediators confused about your naive and stupid demand always. If your letter is about to correct your behaviour then it will be throw in the bin as you are not committed to peaceful mean at all.

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      • 26 June 07:42, by Malakal county Simon

        Chol A; Sometimes you like to jump up and down without contemplate words..... Who said recently that’s a new interim government without him, is the red line.... If you read this quot asserted by Kiir above, you will definitely find that’s Kiir is the one who is reluctance to accept dialogue as the way to find the solution to the current crisis!!!!

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        • 26 June 08:49, by Chol A.

          Malakal nyagat county, Kiir was elected leader through democracy process including you have vote for him. In which main do we have to excluded head of state and bring others strategies that are not much with what we vote for? Dr hopeless was appointed by Kiir himself as his vice but because his aman who believe in Ngundeng illusion, he than jump into fire which kick his ass out of this country!.

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          • 26 June 09:49, by Malakal county Simon

            Chol A

            You’re such a delusional human being and pretend to know something when in-fact you have nothing in mind to prove your claimed. Its true that’s Kiir was elected, but that’s was when Sudan was still a one country. Which mean the main point was to mandated he Kiir, to lead us to independence of South Sudan.

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            • 26 June 10:02, by Malakal county Simon

              cont....

              which mean after full independent of South Sudan, the mandate has expired.... Keep in mind that South Sudan never held an election after it’s break away from the north.... So stop to miss use the words democratic elected president, or elected government, because no one was elected after the independent!!

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        • 27 June 03:15, by Nyesi Ta

          why dialogue with the man who has been called stupid by the Inter-governmental Authority for Development for the world to know he is indeed the stupid, stupid, stupid that is triple "SSS". Kiir is not only reluctant to dialogue but he infact does not understand what dialogue means.

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  • 26 June 06:36, by Rami Tot

    There is no way for cheating

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    • 26 June 07:14, by michael coma

      WE need peace in greater upper Nile as is the only region that has been affected by war.Machar and Kiir please stop nonsense and bring peace to innocent South Sudanese who are dying while your families are enjoying luxury live outside the country.We are very thirsty of peace.

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  • 26 June 06:58, by wang

    UN believes in and trust Dr. Riek his groups more than that Stupid Mrs. Kiir M7 and his thugs in Juba…. Even without a written to remind the UN of what was going on at Addis…..Mrs. Kiir M7 is well-known for lying, cheating, alcoholic, womanizer, murder plus all the others pretty names you can call him...

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  • 26 June 07:46, by Jalaby

    Do you remember what I told you before? I said the south will eventually be put under "International trusteeship" and green hats will soon rule the south!
    The south problem is much much bigger than CAR, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, etc.. the south is big country very rich of ethnicity and clans!
    The south is hopeless case because it has no unique identity!

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    • 26 June 07:57, by Malakal county Simon

      Jalaby:

      Your wishful thinking will never happen to South Sudan, because Kiir is the only obstacle, but he will be soon ousted!!!! There is no need for South Sudan to be put under UN trusteeship, when the solution can be found!!

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      • 26 June 11:31, by Jalaby

        "because Kiir is the only obstacle, but he will be soon ousted! "
        You’re very good example for close minded and short sighted, I know many Junobean like you and you will always remain part of the problem rather than being part of the solution as long as you have that so narrow brain!
        You guys are hopeless case! I am so happy that you’re no longer part of Sudan!

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    • 26 June 17:16, by Rommel

      Jalaby:

      You are absolutely hilarious in your willful ignorance and persistent stupidity. You mentioned Rwanda in that list, and that’s actually quite pertinent, because Sudan has experienced the worst case of ethnic-determined violence since the Rwandan genocide. When will this sink in!? When will it finally sink in that you’ve had far higher deaths in your wars in comparison to ours?

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      • 26 June 17:19, by Rommel

        Sudan doesn’t have a common, unifying identity and this is precisely why the Beja, Fur, Nuba, Masalit, zaghawa, Uduk, Jumjum, Ingessana and others have consistently taken up arms against a government hell-bent on imposing the Arab identity on the whole country.

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        • 26 June 17:21, by Rommel

          If you had a unifying culture that didn’t actively discriminate, didn’t forcefully exalt one identity and culture above the rest and didn’t invariably take the side of Arab tribes even when it’s clear that they are the aggressors... Why then have the Beja, the non-Arab tribes in Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile spoken and taken a stand against Arab chauvinism!?

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          • 26 June 17:25, by Rommel

            You need to ask yourself why it is you’ve had a rebellion of some sort in virtually every corner of your Nation —- in all the non-Arab peripheries; and why the rebellions always bemoan the hegemony, marginalization and persecution of a dictatorial and genocidal Arab elite. If South Sudan doesn’t meet the criteria to be considered a country, then neither does Sudan.

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  • 26 June 09:44, by Black Africa

    If federalism is not implement, we the The Great Equatorians will soon join our brothers " The Nuer Warriors" to bring Kiir’s regime down "Dinka Kingdom". Late John Garang from Dinka tribe has unite us, as one people and one nation, but Salva Kiir has divide us . As a Southern Sudanese, everyone looks at late John Garang as their leader but for Kiir he represent Dinka tribe only.

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    • 26 June 13:53, by Lango2010

      Black Africa
      you are sick in mind and anybody who comment like you is also trauma, once a devil always remain evil. you and your like are preaching the downfall of South Sudan. south Sudan without Dinka and Nuer is like a human being without Brain & Legs, you people think federalism is a solution to this problem but i doubted that it will even be worsen the it is now. no one is prefect in RSS,

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      • 26 June 13:59, by Lango2010

        South sudan: if it was fought on federal bases i think we in Equatoria should have remain the slave of Arabs up to now, it seem we are demanding something we don’t but because we had people saying federalism in papers, federalism is another way of triblism

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        • 26 June 20:07, by Ito

          My brother Lango, I hope you are in South Sudan and understand the history of South Sudan. As equatorians, we are not known, we are not in media, economic, military, political or cultural sector. We are always to be the second, third, fourth and so on. This government is tribal government and soon we equatorians will be slaves, mark my words if we don’t do anything.

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          • 26 June 20:14, by Ito

            How does federal system relate to tribalism when each state will have its own constitution. Right now one tribe is ruling the whole country with impunity and what did you do about it. equatorians are being killed, rape and told if you want freedom, take it by force. I don’t believe you are equatorians. Even dinka tell us they liberated us and we never participated. we are women, we are that and ye

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            • 26 June 20:17, by Ito

              yet you don’t get. under current system, it is a one man rule and majority will always benefit at the expense of all. But under federal system, all will benefit equally and people will work hard to develop their own areas. Millions of our money have been given to Dinka since 2005 to buy land in equatoria and not allow us to buy. Whoever is on top controls everything, remember that.

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          • 27 June 03:23, by Nyesi Ta

            Ito,

            Lango must belong to the club of stupids chaired by Kiir the tribal chief of the barbarians. Let him be with the rotten to the core club of those thugs till we bring them to book.

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  • 27 June 09:15, by Black Africa

    Lango2010
    Where are you coming from ? You said, I am sick in mind that is not a big deal, if I take medication I will be alright, but what about you ? You and your Kiir,you are stupid. Remember that you can’t fix a stupid person. Thanks.

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