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S. Sudanese president renews calls for peace with rebels

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July 31, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has renewed calls for peace with rebels led by his former deputy Riek Machar to end seven months of fighting in the country.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir speaking at a press conference at Khartoum airport on 5 April 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla)

“We don’t want to form a nation of disabled people. Peace is a must,” president Kiir said during the 30 July Martyrs day celebrations.

The event is commemorated to mark the July 2005 plane crash in which Dr John Garang de Mabior, the founding leader of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and others perished. Garang led the over two-decade conflict with North Sudan which saw over two million people killed and many more displaced.

South Sudan got its independence three years ago, but has since December last year been embroiled in a conflict that threatens to tear the country apart. While thousands have already died, nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced internally and into neigbouring Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia.

“After we got our independence as South Sudan, we don’t want to increase the number of orphans. We want peace with rebels led by Riek Machar. This fighting we will not benefit any South Sudanese. Let us agree and so that we develop our country,” said Kiir.

“We are committed to ending this conflict. We want our people to live in peace and now we have given our delegation to make sure they do anything within their powers to bring peace when they come back,” he added.

The president told the crowd of mainly his supporters that the war was caused by people wanting short cut ways to the presidency through illegal means.

“We say no, wait to contest when time comes for elections, because this is the system we agreed and put into the system but they said no, we want power now. If you were me, knowing that I elected you and the period of the term I elected you to serve has not finished, will you accept,” said Kiir.

The South Sudanese leader also accused some unnamed countries of having a hidden agenda on his country.

“There are people who have their own agenda; an agenda that the government must be changed by all means. Any person who wishes to change an elected government using other means, what result is he or she expecting?” he said.

Kiir cited the undemocratic changes of some governments in Africa, including Somalia and Libya, which resulted in failure.

In June, Kiir drew a “red line” for an interim government with opposition that threatens his position or that of other elected constitutional post holders.

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  • 1 August 08:36, by maumau

    Salva Kiir Mayardit, you are a big liar, you caused this war to suppress your opponents led by Dr. Riek Machar. You are a disgrace leader of South Sudan, i pray that we don`t get such leader in your kind again, imagine your not even respected in the region and the whole world. That good speech that you gave was wrttien to you by your speech writer, i am sure you will do the opposite in action.

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  • 1 August 10:21, by Dengic

    Maumau,if Kiir is disgraced south Sudan leader,then Machar is disgraced south Sudanese rebel.This untold suffering was caused by his impatience to wait.The good news is that,he has slashed the Nuer population that could have brought him to presidency.Shame on you Dr.smile...

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    • 1 August 10:43, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Dengic,

      The fact is to wait does not mean to stop expressing a desire to prepare for a election. Riek should have not been assaulted rhetorically in Nyakuron by the leader of the country. The killing of innocent South Sudanese by people in Uniform should not have happened. Bombardment of Riek’s residence was un called for. The cold blooded murder of his relatives was a crime against humanity.

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      • 1 August 12:37, by Frak Cho

        Why is Dr Riak with his are still so committed in fighting like recent attacked on Nasir and Ayod, if he needs peace? Dr. Riak should not be like a wife when she insults the husband, then turned to, she is the first to cry despite the fact that she is the offender. Nuer started killing Dinka since 1983, worsen in 1991-Bor and 1994-Lakes Start. Come on people!!

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      • 1 August 12:53, by Toney Toney Matot

        Mr,Jur-likang
        If you were not Nuer stooge who does not read behind the lines,the attacked on Mr Nyagat Riek during the SPLM Conference was just a reply to their insults to the president on 6th December 2014 when they convene the disgruntle conference using arrogance language against his personality without respect.how do you feel if you were a president?? do not be stupid.

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        • 1 August 13:22, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Toney,

          Wake up. If to tell the truth is a qualification of being a stooge then your might be correct. As far as I am concerned the I stand by my statements. I would also like to urge you not to live in history. Learn from history to correct your wrong deeds.

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          • 1 August 17:43, by Toney Toney Matot

            Jur Likang,
            Please brother,
            were you in Juba during the conduct of SPLM disgruntle group conference that was convened on 6th December 2014??if yes will you remember their statements??me myself i hate lies and will never condone it.please go to you tube and watch and listen to their statements.type address politic in juba.

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  • 1 August 12:44, by Mr Point

    AMAZING!

    How has Kiir managed to forget that it was he who started the war when his militia killed the Nuer in Juba in cold blood?

    December 19 : "Victims and witnesses told Human Rights Watch that government soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and police questioned residents about their ethnicity and deliberately shot ethnic Nuer. "
    see http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/12/19/south-

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    • 1 August 21:05, by Rami Tot

      Hahaha
      Kiir is really funny
      Fucken president after slaughtering innocent civilians

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  • 3 August 01:20, by tootke’bai-ngo

    TONEY TONEY MATAT,
    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE STATEMENTS OF THOSE SPLM SENIORS LEADERS? I WATCHED THAT VIDEO MANY TIMES AND REALIZED THAT 99% OF WHAT THEY SAID IS THE REALITIES ON THE GROUND. THOSE SPLM LEADERS INCLUDING MR. MACHAR TENY WHERE PATIENCE ENOUGH TO LET KIIR PUT THINGS INORDER. KIIR PROVOKED THE SITUATION, PLANNED THE WAR BY DEPLOYING UDPF ON DEC 13,THEN HE EXSECUTED HIS PLAN ON DEC 15.

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  • 3 August 01:34, by tootke’bai-ngo

    KIIR IS A FAKE, HE IS A BIG LIAR WHO ALWAYS CLAIMS THAT HIS GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PEACE. UNFORTUNATELY, HE WILL FORGOT ALL HE HAS SAID AND GO BACK TO THINGS LIKE "I WAS FORCED TO SIGNED A CEASEFIRE BY THE IGAD" OR " I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE MY CHAIR FOR PEACE/REDLINE TO CROSSED" & " I MUST ALWAYS BE THE PRESIDENT OF THESE COUNTRY". KIIR IS DETERMINE TO CONTINUE HIS GENOCIDE AGAINST CITIZENS.

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