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IGAD mediators urge S. Sudan rebels to rejoin negotiating table

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August 5, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – IGAD mediators have called on the SPLM in Opposition to rejoin inclusive peace talks which resumed on Monday as the rebels demanded to confine the talks to the warring parties.

The rebels delegation on Tuesday walked out from the talks when stakeholders from the opposition parties, SPLM former detainees and civil society groups, were seated to involve in the direct negotiations.

Speaking at the fifth session of peace talks, the rebel acting chief negotiator, Dhieu Mathok Diing, called for restriction of the negotiations to the two warring parties, stressing that other stakeholders would participate in a consultative manner particularly when it comes to the negotiations on formation of a transitional government of national unity.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the mediators said the SPLM in Opposition failed to attend the talks despite their previous commitment to the “inclusive, multi-stakeholder roundtable peace process and the modalities for comprehensive talks”.

“The mediation renews its call to the SPLM/A (In Opposition) to honour its commitment to resolve the crisis. The mediation expects the SPLM/A (In Opposition) to immediately return to and fully participate in the multi-stakeholder negotiations, which will continue on 6 August 2014,” said the statement.

In an interview with Sudan Tribune last July, the former vice-president and rebel leader Riek Machar said the warring parties only have the right to fix the rules of the talks and its agendas not the mediation.

“The driving force should not be the IGAD. IGAD should be the moderator. They bring us together since we are willing to come together under the auspices of IGAD, the parties should drive the process,” he explained.

Last week, the mediators expressed hopes to reach an agreement allowing to end the conflict and to form a transitional government to implement political and constitutional reforms in the new nation.

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  • 6 August 2014 09:43, by Ayom Ayom

    Again? The rebels boycotted peace talk and walk! No

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    • 6 August 2014 11:20, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Mi Tot/Gat Matot
      De so-called Sudd Institute/local think tank is not mindful of historical facts. Why don’t you revisit de history of 1991 and Bor massacre orchestrated by Dr Hopeless Riek who imitates renowned PhD holders like Dr John Garang de Mabior? Why did Nasir Faction fail to negotiate peace with Khartoum and bring about CPA of 2005?

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      • 6 August 2014 11:21, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        If the very SPLM/A headed by Dr John Garang were to surrender to Khartoum in 1991 n signed Khartoum Oil Agreement, KOA of 1997 as Dr Hopeless Riek did before returning to Dr Jogn Garand in 2002, in which country would we be talking as first class citizens today dat Riek is now struggling to hijack SPLM/A who he abandoned but still liberated him in broad day light?

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        • 6 August 2014 11:21, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

          The real issue of South Sudan is not political or democratic reforms dat Dr Hopeless Riek is trying to impose upon South Sudanese on de basis of federalism, but lack of nationalism, repeated betrayal n use of violence to achieve political/military power to lead regardless of record n constant knocks on Khartoum’s door for food n logistical support. Krtum simply wants to keep RSS destabilized.

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          • 6 August 2014 11:22, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            President Salva Kiir Mayardit is democratically elected; he never returned from Khartoum in 2002 to be forgiven and/or later appointed Vice President in 2005 like Dr. Hopeless Riek who believes dat he has PhD n has every right to rule at any cost if what he describes as “his turn” is denied. Is de right of Dr Hopeless Riek recognizable only in South Sudan but not in Khartoum/KOA-1997?

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            • 6 August 2014 11:23, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              Why the so-called illiterate “white army” was not mobilized against Jayliin in Shendi or Khartoum when Omer Hassan Al-Bashir disposed of KOA-1997 shortly after inking it? Why does Dr Hopeless believe dat it’s harder to use force/violence against SAF to achieve power in Khartoum than using it against SPLA to rule in Juba/South Sudan? Is it bcoz Sudan has no jungle for conducting rebellion?

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              • 6 August 2014 11:23, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                South Sudan has enough jungle to hide. The forces of Dr Hopeless Riek can easily locate where SPLA forces are but their commanders often fail to win battles and resort to taking refuge to air-conditioned Hotels in Addis overlooking the venue of peace talks and to later join Government delegation from Juba only to keep changing their position, demands or setting preconditions.

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                • 6 August 2014 11:24, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Who is Dr Hopeless Riek fooling in de ongoing peace talks, government delegation, IGAD or international community dat he still has de gut to get everything his way? No way. That’s why I said before dat “Let’s go to Addis to have some fun and watch the patronizing smile and presidential look of Dr Hopeless”.

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                  • 6 August 2014 11:25, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    We r waiting for those coming from the Diaspora to join his rebellion in de front lines so dat we have a good dance until the followers of Dr Hopeless give up and come to their senses to be forgiven for de sake of peace. Otherwise, we r ready for a protracted war. There r many peaceful Nuer PhD holders who can run and democratically get elected to lead the country, but not Dr Hopeless Riek.

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