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Opposition parties reject Kiir’s “red line” position in negotiations

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June 27, 2014 (JUBA) – Political parties in South Sudan said they have rejected drawing of “red lines” by the warring parties in the stalled peace negotiations in Addis Ababa in order to end the six-month old political crisis in the country.

On Thursday leaders and representatives of the association of 21 political parties, including the main opposition leader, Lam Akol, held a press conference in Juba in which they urged president Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Riek Machar, to get their delegations back to direct negotiations to reach a political solution and form an interim government.

President Salva Kiir this week while addressing the national parliament said removing him from his job as demanded by the rebels in the proposed interim government was a “red line” that should not be crossed. He argued that he was elected by the people and should remain the president till next elections.

He also told parliamentarians to fight for their jobs, warning that the call by the rebels to restructure the state on the basis of a federal system would also dissolve the current membership in parliament.

However, South Sudanese political parties, many of whom are in government, said in negotiations there was need for flexibility and compromises, warning it was harmful to draw red lines.

“We the people of South Sudan must rise above our individual group and party interests and put the interests of our country above any other considerations,” partly reads the press release.

“Until now they have not even agreed on the agenda of the negotiations,” charged Lam Akol, chairman of SPLM-DC and member of the government delegation to the negotiations representing the other political parties.

“In addition to what was said by Dr. Lam, we as political parties we cannot agree with red lines. There is no red line. This is a negotiation,” announced Garang Thuch Garang, PURE party chairman.

The parties reigned on the two rival factions to resume the talks without any delay, calling on them to expedite the process and end the bloodshed in the new country.

(ST)

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  • 28 June 2014 07:25, by Mi diit

    Yeah, kiir kuethpiny should be made a lonely wanderer while his master mad dog museveni is getting into similar situation with his opposition parties in Uganda. Kiir has lost diplomatic maneuvers, loses people and soon lose war.

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    • 28 June 2014 07:45, by Chol A.

      @Midiit that is your assumption which is negative and laughable dream. When you were force out in juba that was where you and your uncle Dr. Raacbai lost war so don’t ever think that you will come back to juba as winners. Make sure you will come back as losers who are accepting defeat and coil your tails like new dog in the area.

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      • 28 June 2014 07:55, by Mi diit

        Chol A.,
        If your murderous uncle kiir kuethpiny will reach December 15, the day he massacred our people, as president on that chair in juba, I will quit commenting in this forum. Mark my words well. The man is a gone case. Start mourning for his presidency if you love him.

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        • 28 June 2014 09:56, by Chol A.

          @midiit you will never quit commencing here as far as I know you back to 2013 before your crisis. you always said juba will be failed soon and swear than you will but still long way to go. I even told you last year that your uncle dr hopeless will abdanden juba as his ass burning and you said I am kidding and it happen! So you are guy that will not accept the facts but, let wait your December than

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      • 28 June 2014 07:58, by Mr Point

        Salva Kiir was not elected to kill thousands of Juba citizens.

        Salva Kiir was not elected to create the world’s newest failed state.

        Salva Kiir was not made President so he could fake coups to attack his political opponents.

        He has done untold damage to South Sudan. He is blocking unity and reconciliation. He must go.

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    • 28 June 2014 07:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Lucky is number one from any your carreer, all South Sudanese opponents of peace are lucky due to peaceful president they have. Rebels and all enemies of peace should have experience physically the bitterness of bad governance, if president Kiir was notorious they are lucky because of good president.

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    • 28 June 2014 07:56, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Lucky is number one from any your carreer, all South Sudanese opponents of peace are lucky due to peaceful president they have. Rebels and all enemies of peace should have experience physically the bitterness of bad governance, if president Kiir was notorious they are lucky because of good president.

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  • 28 June 2014 07:26, by Mapuor

    Those opposition parties are National Congress Party in disguise,they were formed by Bashir to deceive the international community that South Sudanese were free to form their own parties.Our struggle is protracted and we know our enemies however they disguised themselves.Khartoum based political parties supported Jallaba till 2006 when SPLM included them in the government as per CPA.

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    • 28 June 2014 07:33, by Mapuor

      SPLM will cease to handle Jallaba collaborators with kids glove,it will go for tit for tat.SPLM sacrifices can not and will not be reversed by opportunists who never anticipated South Sudan freedom and separation from Jallaba.SPLA Oyee SPLM Oyee, allutta continua and victory is certain.

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  • 28 June 2014 08:47, by LOJUBA

    Dear My fellow , Junubin, I think peace is God for all, and we believe language of colonizing other Equatorian is DANGER and Red Line. where is Hitler, Sadam Hussein, Kazafi of Libya and many others, and End of colonialism will turn your Land and people to stone age and you will realize that you are in hell.

    Thanks try you Luck

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  • 28 June 2014 09:26, by Black Africa

    Salva Kiir, what do you mean by "red line" ? You have killed my beloved elders, brothers, sisters and children from Nuer tribe, you have created tribalism and you have put our country to the most fail state in the world. Enough is enough, we don’t want you anymore. I am calling my people special from Great Equatoria to join Riek Machar.

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  • 29 June 2014 11:06, by Gang-Bang

    Kirr and Machar created mess in the country. African cann´t govern themselves when comes to politic. The only thing we have in our mind is tribes superiority. Lets bring in any good politician from developing countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Switzerland etc to be the head of states if we can not resolve our diversity as a tribe in the south.

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