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S. Sudan rebels express readiness for direct negotiations with government

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August 5, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM in Opposition) led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar, said they were ready for direct negotiations with the government in order to “expeditiously” reach to a peace agreement to end the nearly eight month long crisis in the country.

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President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signe a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 aimed at resolving conflict in South Sudan (Photo: AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

In a statement seen by Sudan Tribune read at the fifth session of the peace talks which resumed on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the acting chief negotiator for the rebels, Dhieu Mathok Diing, further called for restriction of the negotiations to the two warring parties.

He said the other stakeholders would participate in a consultative manner particularly when it comes to the negotiations on formation of a transitional government of national unity.

The rebels delegation on Tuesday walked out from the talks when all the groups of stakeholders were seated to involve in the direct negotiations.

These groups include representatives of civil society organisations, faith based groups, political parties and SPLM former detainees, in addition to the government and SPLM/A in opposition.

“We believe that the participation of stakeholders in the process leading to peace and stability is significant. However, the nature of the conflict and its resolution requires that we conduct direct talks between the SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) and the Government of Republic of South Sudan,” partly reads the statement.

“These are the parties to the conflict and it is imperative that they thrash out the root causes of the conflict in order to expedite a peace agreement,” Dhieu added.

He further outlined that this round of negotiations would address all the issues under federal system of governance under which a transitional government of national unity would be formed.

The acting chief negotiator said the rebels position include introduction of “critical reforms such as national security, civil service, judiciary, defence, economics and financial sector, service delivery, foreign policy, reconstruction and development, physical infrastructures, media, natural resource, civil defence, elections commission, national bureau of census and statistics, political parties act, social services sector, wild life reforms, guidelines of national healing and reconciliation, and parameters of the permanent constitution.”

The opposition faction also stressed that a peace agreement would be the foundation of the proposed transitional government of national unity without which a transitional government would not be formed.

“Without a peace agreement between the parties in conflict, there will be no Transitional Government of National Unity. Indeed, there will be no state in South Sudan given that initial agreements on cessation of hostilities have yet to be implemented,” the rebels said.

“The foreign forces have not been withdrawn from the territory of South Sudan,” the statement said, accusing the government of violations and insistence of recapturing the rebel held territories.

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  • 5 August 19:29, by Mi diit

    How can such a congested and overcrowded peace talks bring peace in a short period of time with too many groups and tongues saying different things. Leave the two warring parties to directly negotiate alone in order for them to focus. Other stakeholders should only consult the parties. They should not misunderstand their role.

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    • 5 August 19:43, by Marco A. Wek

      Do you rebels have stable demand? You people were the ones asking all the stakeholders be present and now you are complaining of congestion? What a confused community Madiit groups are?

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      • 6 August 01:58, by Mr Point

        Kiir and his Juba faction are running out of time, out of support and out of luck.

        US and Canada branches have turned against them. Anywhere outside the direct influence of Kiir’s security things is against the Juba faction.

        Remember: all the world came to Juba for Independence Day to wish the new country luck. None of them came to the third year - because of Kiir’s mis management.

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        • 6 August 07:27, by Mi diit

          Marco A. Wek and cohorts,

          This is why I said you people have misunderstood the role of the other stakeholders from day one.

          I understood the position of the rebels from the first time I read it in the internet. Rebels want all the other stakeholders to participate through free and fair consultations, but not to negotiate directly with the either side as if they are the fighting parties.

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          • 6 August 07:34, by Mi diit

            Even during the CPA negotiations between Khartoum & SPLM in 2002-2005, these groups were NEVER allowed to participate directly in the talks.

            If they existed, they were only consulted on the sidelines.

            Gen Lazarus Symbeiyo was the chief mediator & should have educated this new IGAD mediation team about the process.

            You can’t bring 50 relatives in groups to crowd the talks if you want peace...

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            • 6 August 07:46, by Mi diit

              I blame the IGAD mediation for failing to have ensured that the selection process for these "other stakeholders" was standardized and made transparent and free. Kiir has turned the talks’ venue into a feeding center for his relatives with no brains to think well for the country. What they ever want is accomodation, pocket money and nonsensical tribal based arguments and defense of Kiir. Shame!

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    • 6 August 09:10, by viper

      midiit
      last time you were threatening people that your so called white army were coming to Juba. when they failed to do so, you resorted to giving ultimatum that kiir will not reach x and y month in power. now you have come to your knees talking of peace. what a contradiction! we the Jieng cannot be threatened come what. we thought that Riek was wise to wait for elections but unfortunately, he wa

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  • 5 August 22:39, by George Bol

    Midit and rebels,
    Before you rebels want G11(detainees), civil population, faith group,and other oppositions but now you are making noise again that you don’t want them.For me, these rebels are confuse.IGAD and international must study them from the beginng to the end.they are bunches of no ideas and dooms to fail always.=---

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  • 6 August 02:38, by wang

    Absolutely corrects Kim Deng, no peace talks as long those foreign troops are still in our soil….

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  • 6 August 06:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This rebel group are mad, they are complaining of the exclusion of stakeholders, now they don’t want G11 leaders to look-in to bring peace.
    This talk must be rule out from Ethiopia to Juba for further resolution as rebel and its alliance as IGAD are joking on front of the government.

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  • 6 August 06:24, by siddaw

    LETS WORK FOR PEACE, GUYS

    We need to quickly dialogue for swift peace. Kiirdit and his cronies want to take advantage of this crises by lobbying their close allie of relocating Juba to Wau which can cause more harms to our economy as junubin rather than the GBEZ’.

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  • 6 August 07:22, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear Citizen:
    The fact is that government of Juba need to delay the time, in order to confuse rebel as they are negotiating peace until the dry season will come, from there they will carryout an heavy attack to the rebel bases. No peace believe that.They don’t need to fight at this time due to the rain season.

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  • 6 August 09:16, by viper

    con............ a Nuer. who is who now in south Sudan? haven’t you now realized what it cost to oust the people who built their own house? this very house you are thirst of was made when you were collaborating with our main enemy the jallabas. what make you now to think of taking this power by those sinful means? it is better that you have come to your knees.

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