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S. Sudan accuses rebels of attacking Lakes state village

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August 6, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has accused rebels allied to former vice-president Riek Machar of attacking Lakes state’s Yirol area.

Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told reporters in his office in the capital, Juba, that rebels had launched an offensive in violation of a ceasefire agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May by the two warring parties.

Ateny said that rebels had looted cattle and other livestock, with a number of civilians injured during the attack, without providing further details.

“So as we speak peace in Addis Ababa, the rebels continue to violate the ceasefire. They are on offensive,” he said, referring to the latest round of peace talks, which got underway in the Ethiopian capital on Monday.

The rebel delegation failed to attend talks on Tuesday, demanding that negotiations be restricted to the two parties directly involved in the conflict and that other stakeholders, including former political detainees, faith-based groups and civil society organisations should have only limited involvement.

Ateny said the rebel faction’s shifting position demonstrates a lack of seriousness to engage in meaningful dialogue.

“The pulling out of the rebel delegation yesterday (Tuesday) was disappointing,” he said. “I believe now the whole world has seen the type of the rebellion that is dealing with the government of South Sudan.”

The government delegation has been dispatched with a clear mandate not to return to Juba empty handed, however, Ateny said reaching any final peace agreement would be dependent on the level of engagement of the opposition group.

“It was the rebels’ demand for inclusive talks that has led to mediators pressuring the government to accept all stakeholders in the talks. They are now coming back to our position. This is the position that the government was in January,” Ateny said, speaking to reporters at the presidential office.

“[The] rebels were one of the people who were telling the whole world that the government was not serious. Now the world is seeing them. They are a spoiled child of the international community,” he added.

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  • 7 August 2014 08:14, by Sir King

    These are not rebels but they are Lakes State citizens themselves robbing cattle from one community to another for marriage. Lakes state is a outlaws state and need to be dealt with but who will do that since the government is dealing with the business of buying dangerous weapons to kill innocent citizens in the country.

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    • 7 August 2014 08:46, by Chol A.

      Sir King I believe you really nut and stupid than your own mother and Nuer in large. Your uncle Tangaya forces are robbing castles in Yirol aiming he want to capture Yirol town which will be miracle and now you claim to be themselves! your Nuer brothers are continuing with this attitude but you will regrets soon because whole world had learned that you are Kind of people with no sense of humanity.

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      • 7 August 2014 09:14, by Mi diit

        Poor Ateny Wek should have updated himself on his boss’ new position instead of repeating outdated remarks. The government delegation has agreed to bilateral talks with the rebels.

        Also don’t lie that rebels attacked you in Lakes state. These are the youth in Lakes state who gave you warning last week because of dictatorship by your military governor there.

        You are fighting your own youth!!!

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        • 7 August 2014 09:20, by Mi diit

          Don’t lie Ateny, the rebels NEVER demanded direct talks with the other stakeholders. They demanded that they participated in a consultative manner whilte the two fighting parties directly engage. This was clear from the media which we all read. But the government went and brought relatives as stakheholders to spoil the whole process, turning the talks venue into a feeding center and money making.

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      • 7 August 2014 09:15, by Sir King

        Chol A,
        Check your English. I think you wanted to say cattle but not Castles. This is the english from Kiir Mayardit empire, the government managed by illiterate society.

        My friend, I am not a Nuer but Dinka but people are also tired of your behaviours in Lakes state, you are just greedy dogs who rob other people’s cattle for marriage. How will you get 200 heads of cattle if you do not rob?

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        • 7 August 2014 09:55, by Chol A.

          @Sir King stupid and ignorance are hard to learned and accept the fact. I am in fact miss spelled word "cattle" but if we talk of English in this website it will change the topic as it be more useless than your own shit. Please the very people known of cattle robbing are Nuer and many Dinka learned this primitive practices from them. If you Dinka you should know that some have more than 200

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          • 7 August 2014 09:59, by Chol A.

            Cont. head of cattle on their own without robbing from others, if you don’t believe my statement then you might be fake Dinka.

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            • 7 August 2014 14:25, by Sir King

              Chol A.
              You poor Lakes state citizens can get 200 head of cattle from where when you always go cattle rustling across the state and even to the extent you reach other states robbing. Poor society and even poor in your hearts, you keep killing one another because food, you came to Juba in good number to keep robbing money on the roads. You Lakes state poor hearted people will spoil South Sudan.

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              • 7 August 2014 14:27, by Sir King

                Stupid Chol A.
                If you need to get good and rich people and even rich in heart are Aweil people. Nobody can rob your cow for nothing but you in Lakes state, very greedy society. Whole South Sudan hates you.

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  • 7 August 2014 11:15, by Mayom County Boy

    Awek Ateny please those who went and attack Rumbek state are Nyuong communities from Panyijiar county , but Riek mobilize them to do more insecurity from that side of Rumbek .

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  • 7 August 2014 14:45, by Thondet Manyang

    Rebels think the only option is war which they will NEVER achieve but only killing innocent Nuer Youths who are completely not educated assuming that they are only warriors and brave. Rebel.Riek is performing his professionalism on them. If all come back to Juba, Murderer Gadet can never do that coz he is always deceived by Riek!. We need peace NOW!!

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