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August 10, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A rebel official said the leader of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition), Riek Machar, has arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Sunday.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, smiles as he meets his friends at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on 9 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the South Sudanese former vice-president will meet the Sudanese top leadership and discuss the ongoing peace process in Addis Ababa.

“SPLM chairman Dr. Riek Machar Teny has arrived in Khartoum this morning. The IGAD-facilitated visit is in the interests of the peace process to end the crisis in South Sudan,” Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said on Sunday.

“He will meet president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and other officials of the Sudanese government,” he said.

Sudan’s foreign minister, Ali Karti, last week announced that the South Sudanese former vice-president would be in Khartoum soon, adding that his visit comes in the framework of regional efforts to bring peace in the southern neighbouring country which broke away from Sudan in July 2011.

Machar who resides in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the venue of the peace talks for several months was also received in Nairobi, Djibouti, and Pretoria, respectively.

During his visits to the regional countries the rebel leader held talks with the leaders of those countries in which he dismissed accusations that he attempted to overthrow president Salva Kiir in mid December last year and instead accused him of orchestrating the violence in order to get rid of political reformists from the ruling party (SPLM).

The former vice-president also called on the regional leaders to support his plan for democratic political reforms.

The government in Juba which signed a cessation of hostilities agreement since 23 January observes with scepticism the moves of the rebel leader. Officials at different times openly or implicitly accused Khartoum of allegedly harbouring or supporting the rebels.

The Sudanese foreign minister, Karti, denied accusations that his government supported either side in the conflict.

"Sudan has no interest in the continuation of the war in the South (Sudan) and it does not support one party against the other," Karti said adding, "our interest [is] that both sides sign a peace agreement, and we hope it would be soon."

He further explained that IGAD countries agreed to receive Machar in their respective countries to listen to his positions and to encourage him to reach a peaceful settlement to the seven month old conflict.

The crisis sparked off on 15 December when internal conflict between politicians in the ruling party turned violent.

Tens of thousands have been killed and at least 1.5 million others displaced according to estimates by the United Nations.

The peace talks between the rival parties in Addis Ababa is seen as the only hope to restore stability in the new country.

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  • 10 August 11:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Talks with nothing like some are still defecting like Ezerkiel Lol Gatkuth who has recently joint government.

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    • 10 August 12:14, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Go ahead Dr macher.
      The killer will go very soon to Uganda.

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      • 10 August 13:12, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Why is this suppose to be a news, isn’t what couple does, meet,talks and take their marriage to the next level?

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      • 10 August 14:31, by Ayom Ayom

        Within the rebel movements, there is a very big problem and differences between their generals. They may end up fighting each other

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      • 10 August 17:46, by Ayom Ayom

        Rebels attacked government forces again in Nassir Town, I think peace may not easily come this year, instead the war will take long

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    • 10 August 13:22, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Ezekiel Lol have no choice, his New wife Nyapal is threating to leave him if his home is to be reposed, he will be homeless very soon if government does not come to his rescue. Machar is a broke dog who appoints people to positions with no money to support his servants.

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      • 10 August 14:20, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Nyapal Yuel, a failed musician who can not bring home 50 dollars check together with K. Deng. is now holding Lol hostage from fulfilling his aspiratin of becoming a rebel foreign minister.

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  • 10 August 12:53, by Gunkills

    @Gatkuoth
    Riek is loosing in the ground and your are talking shid here.

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    • 10 August 13:03, by Toney Toney Matot

      @gatgouth,
      Riek is losing militarily and politically since he decided to reside in Addi-Ababa hotels leaving the army to shamelessly get defeated by mighty SPLA in front and the good example is the defection of Ezechiel Luol Gatkuoth to the government.this is sign of the end of Looters rebellion.however,Dr. John Garang never stayed in Addis hotels during revolutionary wars.

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  • 10 August 13:32, by Guandong

    We want ur visit to be fruitfull one. We want Abyei to be sold to Bashir so that he can help us.
    No freinds without interset, In the war of Americas b/n North n South, after North realised that South is going to win the war they immediatly declared the Emmancipation law to freed black from slavery thus prompted them to support North. Thesame to Ethiopia was helped by Israel to defeat Mangistu

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  • 10 August 13:35, by Guandong

    n will later evacuate her citizens back to Israel.
    This is normal things in the world.
    Now thesame will happen to us Let Bashir took Abyei n help us.

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    • 10 August 13:42, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Is this the talks from well respected Majok Guandong or are you another hopeless traitor, who is not ashamed of your past dealings with Arabs?

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  • 10 August 13:42, by Guandong

    Machar is not losing military wing but it was for the sake of peace. You just wait if the peace fail what will be our response.

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  • 10 August 13:51, by Guandong

    @ Lotoko
    Yes its me what do u want to do? I have to tell the fact.
    Machar will win soon.

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    • 10 August 14:05, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      You are rich now from money that you stole from travelers lugages, that is why you talked like you want to join your hopeless groups. go and you will come back as soon as you get broke like Lol Gatkuoth.

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  • 10 August 14:24, by Guandong

    Lotodo@
    Talk as a responsible person, My being here was not force to anyperson instead thinking that was government. Now if we keep on killing ppl, do u think that world will support us? No they will not. Then why do u want us to keep silence?
    Lotoko, I want to tell u if this is how we continue our government will fall soon.

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    • 10 August 14:33, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      I have respect for you Mr Ambassador, so I will stop here. disregard what I stated above. I just like to make people smile from trifling stuffs.

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  • 10 August 14:38, by Ajok Garang

    Reik Machar defected to khartoum for many years but he never wind any war,it was the time he tried it to John Garang but again to kiir,so let him go to khartoum and we see how is going to win.Eeven Bashiir knows that riek is such a naived a weak leader he has ever met.

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  • 10 August 15:09, by Dengic

    Because of inability to make right decision at the right time,Nuer population will always be second class citizens after the Dinkas.I wonder if Riek Machar is the only one who holds PHD among them?...If not so why always supporting him when his real intention is kill all Nuer youth.On the visit to Khartoum,nothing will still come out of it.It will be like any other visit done previously.

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  • 10 August 15:24, by Kim Deng

    Jaang,
    Let’s put it this way, bring all your allies (Uganda, Kenya, JEM,...) as many as you want, while the Mighty Nuer Warriors bring their allies (Ethiopia, Sudan...) and burn down this Jungle (South Sudan) to ashes.

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  • 10 August 17:14, by Bolong

    Kim Deng,

    You need to be in Nasir, Ayud and Bentiu to burn this jungle South Sudan into ashes! "said Gen. Salva Kiir just hour ago".

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  • 10 August 17:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Ezerkiel Lol Gatkuoth and others Generals are, defected again from rebel side under Riek Machar to joint government under Kiir Mayardit.
    That is very big blow from authority.

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  • 10 August 18:10, by Kim Deng

    If you believe the sell-out Nuer by the name (Buay Malek) you are also confused as him.

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  • 11 August 10:07, by Marco Bul

    Watch out.This lunatic want to reunite Sudan and South Sudan.
    He is so desparate.
    Sorry!!!

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