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S. Sudan president appeals for African solution to end conflict

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July 6, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has called on African leaders to take a leading role in the resolution of the crisis which has gripped the young nation since mid-December last year, saying the leadership looks forward to the application of African solutions for African problems.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has appealed for an African solution to help resolve ongoing conflict in the young nation (Photo: Reuters)

The conflict, which erupted in mid-December last year after a split in the ruling SPLM turned violent, has killed thousands and resulted in the widespread destruction of public infrastructure.

Kiir made the remarks at the recently concluded six corridor summit held in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, during which he met with a number of regional leaders and heads of state.

“I wish to assure the region and the international community that we are sparing no resources to find immediate resolution of the ongoing conflict in the country,” said Kiir.

“We believe that nothing is more important than stopping the current conflict and our people and the government under my leadership do appreciate the role being played by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in helping us find the solution, which I believe can be resolved with the support of the region. When it comes to strategising on African solutions to African problems, the African leaders should take the lead,” he added.

During his address to regional leaders, Kiir also pledged his administration’s full commitment to ensuring a speedy resolution to the conflict.

“While we seek regional and international support, I would like to assure you of the commitment of the government to do the best possible within our capacity and power to resolve [the conflict] with immediacy so that our people can return to their homes,” he said.

“I hope something positive can come out of the next round of negotiations when peace talks resume. The world has seen what can happen when [a] situation is left to run amok and the citizens of a country have little faith in the ability of their government to protect them. But I wish to assure the region and the rest of the world that I am doing my best,” he added.

The conflict in South Sudan has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against rebel forces aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar, largely comprising of dissident soldiers and ethnic militias.

Both sides have been accused of committing atrocities against the civilian population, with a ceasefire agreement brokered during IGAD-led negotiations failing to halt the violence.

Talks between the warring parties were indefinitely adjourned late last month amid ongoing disagreement over the selection process of other stakeholders to be included in the peace process.

In separate comments, president Kiir also expressed South Sudan’s solidarity with Rwanda, congratulating the Rwandan government and its people on reconciliation efforts since the end of the genocide 20 years ago, saying his country could draw on lessons learnt from past experience.

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  • 7 July 06:57, by Joseph Canada

    Kiir, you started this crises and you should know how to end it. You wanted South Sudan that way so that you can benefit from those lost lives, or from divid and concur arab style Dinka Abel Alier system of 1970. Don’t cry crocodile tires while your family is living peacefully in East African hotels

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    • 7 July 07:28, by Chol A.

      Joseph, does Kiir start war himself? What I know is your uncle who use to ignored Kiir leadership was causative. You too enjoying life in abroad and then press innocent Nuer to figh while always using your stupid comment against Kiir’s rules. Please Kiir is calling African leaders to convince your greedy uncle because innocent Nuer are die for no reason! not because he don’t know how to end war.

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      • 7 July 07:40, by Malakal county Simon

        South Sudan will not taste peace untill unwanted president resign simple as that!!

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      • 7 July 07:46, by Malakal county Simon

        If innocents Nuer civilian are dying for no reason as you claimed, then who started the sense-less war on innocents Nuer civilians in Juba last December??

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    • 7 July 07:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Joseph Canada
      you should have to thanks president Kiir his commitment for peace amongst the people of south Sudan.
      Many problems did Kiir endure under Riek Machar messing up? Yet Kiir say peace, reconciliation and harmony, president Kiir, is not a bloody leader nor ruthless, conclusion, say congratulation to kiir and "Amen" to God for given you humble leader, president Kiir Mayardit.

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      • 7 July 07:51, by Malakal county Simon

        If Kiir is truly for peace, people’s should not be dying in Juba curtly in daily basis.....You’re contradicting yourself hahah but surprise because we all that its part of your culture hahah!!

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        • 7 July 08:10, by Malakal county Simon

          Correction;

          I meant to said if Kiir is truly for peace, then people’s should not be dying currently in daily basis in Juba!! Otherwise, you’re contradicting and try to cover the massacre committed by Kiir hahah

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    • 7 July 08:25, by michael coma

      Joseph Canada

      If Kiir was the one who started war,why Nuers in the army defected all at once?

      If you will not change your ideology of fighting Dinka and removing of Kiir by force,will finished you slowly.Comes to sense and talk of peace which is better for you than senseless war.

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      • 7 July 08:53, by Joseph Canada

        Mr. Coma, the Nuer did not run away from the army because they want to fight . They run because since Dec. 13, 2013, Juba genocide, their brothers and sisters have been killed by their fellow army from the Dinka tribe. they leave because it’s no longer safe to serve with untrusted Dinka soldiers who believe in Dinkaism.

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  • 7 July 08:01, by Joseph Canada

    Chol and makuach Lam, the answer to your comment is YES!! Kiir Started the War. Infact he Pre-planned it. How? 1. Put all Dinka in Power, 2. Used presidential decrees encourage tribalism, Nepotism etc. 3. trained Private Dinka army, which is contrary to constitution. 4. Refuse political discussion of Dec. 6th. 2013. Lied on EVERYTHING!!!. 5. Stole $7.5m.

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    • 7 July 08:11, by Joseph Canada

      Chol, you know very well that you are not telling the truth. those Nuer who are fighting are the people who have reasoning better than yours. I am very sure you know how many Nuers and other Non Dinka tribes you have killed even during the peaceful times. Dr. Riek might have greediness that you see but to me I see democracy which Non of your Illitrate leader can Offer.

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      • 7 July 08:19, by Joseph Canada

        I believe that by the example of how he came to an idea of dividing Sudan into 2 as was opposed by Dr. John Garang in 1991. That idea was supported by the Southerners who also believed in the 1955 Torit Round table. Now you are enjoying Dr. Rieks, independent South Sudan. Just shut up, steel and enjoy before we go federal.

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        • 7 July 08:35, by Joseph Canada

          African leaders have nothing to do with your Crime. God is watching and every stone will not be eft unturn. There’s always an end to every Tiran on Earth. Otoman Empire Ruled Europe and came to an end. Hitler rose and fall, Sadam Husein did the same and so does Ghadafi. Those who think were born to Oppress will never last longer. Karma is real and it always come down hard !!!

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          • 7 July 08:42, by Joseph Canada

            The book of John in the Bible say " what so ever you do to the rest of your brothers, will be done an to you". So I say this. Those who are getting rich on the expenses of other’s blood will one day turn into them. my dead brothers into this Kiir’s made up Coup will haunt you. They going the army to defend the nation from the outsiders not to kill their own brothers. God’s watching you.

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      • 7 July 09:39, by Chol A.

        @joseph what sort of reasons your Nuer people have really? When Sudan was one you form militia against your own south. When we have given south you still continue with militia though Kiir pardon many of you to joint! Well if you think you got no plan, why few Nuer who are about to be disarm for army reason resistance and spike to whole Nuer joint rebellion? Please think of my questions.

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        • 7 July 10:22, by Joseph Canada

          Why were they disarmed on the first place if all the Army of SPLA is one? Why Only Nuer were disarmed not Dinka? and now what you did to Nuer has now come to Equatoeians as well. If the so called President is so peaceful, why didn’t he start disarming his tribe first? Even those called IDPs in EE state are armed to teeth and yet running from Nuer.

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          • 7 July 10:25, by Joseph Canada

            Chol, you know what am saying is the truth and deep inside you you know its true. The only reason you are defending this is because this is your tribe and this is the only place you can eat. You know without the stollen money from country resources you won’t even make it the next hour. Just accept the truth man and lets work the Federal way.

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            • 7 July 10:56, by maluach madit

              Joseph, some of the Nuer friends have half of devil brains and quarter of confused knowledge, still we accept you are our brothers.
              If you can mind, please tell me what are your agendas?.
              Some of you (Nuer) differentiate the war as a war between Nuer and Dinka instead of saying “it is a war against corrupt officials, be it Nuer or Dinka.
              We know how much you engage Equatoria to join you, but these

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              • 7 July 10:57, by maluach madit

                but these young squirrels are wise enough to disagree with your insurgency….or if they defect, it is still not a major problem, but a suffering of certain country men.
                I can see, you are against the war and you are against peace, so what are you after?

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