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UN chief urges South Sudan president to resume talks with rebel leader Machar


June 26, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations secretary-general met on Thursday with South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and urged the latter to resume talks with opposition leader, Riek Machar, in the context of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led process.

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UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon (L) and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir address reporters in the capital, Juba, on 6 May 2014 (Photo: Isaac Alebe/UNMISS)

Ban Ki-Moon, his spokesperson said in a statement, also told president Kiir to ensure the full implementation of the 9 June agreement signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by both warring parties.

“The secretary-general informed the President [Kiir] that he had conveyed a similar message to Mr. Riek Machar, and called on the two parties to rapidly agree on the composition of the transitional government,” partly reads the statement.

Ki-moon and president Kiir met at the African Union summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea and discussed the South Sudan situation.

The IGAD mediators announced on Monday in Addis Ababa that they had 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.

Machar reportedly wrote to the UN secretary-general explaining his position over stalled IGAD-mediated peace talks with Kiir’s government. He however expressed his delegation’s readiness for direct talks with their government counterparts as required by the mediators.

Meanwhile, Ki-moon called on the president Kiir to continue fighting impunity and ensure full accountability for human rights violations committed in South Sudan.

He reportedly informed the South Sudanese leader of the steps taken by the world body to beef up the capacities of its mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), consistent with the relevant Security Council resolution, to enhance the protection of civilians and support the verification mechanism set up to monitor the implementation of the 9 June Agreement.

In late April and May, French and United States diplomats at the UNSC were reportedly considering a resolution to impose sanctions on the South Sudanese leaders.


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  • 27 June 2014 09:38, by Mi diit

    Shame on IGad and former detainees who advocate sanctions. Now kiir kuethpiny is told to get back to “direct” talks with Machar. Former detainees stay away.

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    • 27 June 2014 10:49, by Rommel

      Mi diit:

      Why don’t you be *honest* for once? Tell us why you’re really miffed? Actually, more than just miffed, you’re quite incensed that the decision of the SPLM 7 to form their own block so saliently reaffirmed that Riek didn’t have their support, and this was true even before political tensions exploded into armed conflict.

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      • 27 June 2014 10:51, by Rommel

        The decision of the former detainees reinforces the fact that there were perhaps as many as four [4] different factions in the SPLM politburo — with Salva, Pagan, Nydandeng and Riek having their own factions. Riek wanted the former detainees to join his delegation in Addis Ababa so that he could engage in political grandstanding...

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        • 27 June 2014 10:53, by Rommel

          ..so that he could create the impression that the SPLM’s most senior leaders had designated and recognised him as their legitimate leader — that he was the legitimate leader of the SPLM, when this couldn’t be further from the truth. This is really why you’re angry, isn’t it?

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    • 27 June 2014 15:11, by Dut Monybor

      Dear bro/sister whoever comments on sudan tribune pliz i am warning you as citizen of south sudan don’t be comment on yourself interest pliz !

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  • 27 June 2014 09:56, by Wicdail

    I think Ban Ki-Moon must know that he is dealing with a dump leader that no UN secretary ever dealt with since the formation of UN. He only cares with his kin, and assumed powers that he never thought off until suddenly in 2005 LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 27 June 2014 10:41, by Wicdail

      Hey Miidit,
      There is no doubt that the so-call G11 have confused the whole process of peace talk; and I’m very sure that they will lose at the end. You can’t let down someone who fought for your freedom. This opportunist call Pagan was in the house arrest and was banned to speak out by Kirr and his thugs before 15 Dec 13. Was it not Dr Rick and Madam Nydeng who gave him courage not to lose hope?

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