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Machar says Bashir could play major role in resolving South Sudan’s conflict

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August 10, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan’s former vice-president and leader of rebel faction SPLM in Opposition, Riek Machar, has met with Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum.

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President Omer al-Bashir receives South Sudanese former vice-president and leader of the SPLM-in-Opposition, Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny in Khartoum on 10 August 2014 (ST)

Machar, who arrived in the Sudanese capital on Sunday morning, said in press statements following the meeting that he is counting on Bashir to play a major and direct role in resolving the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

He further hailed president Bashir, saying that he has long experience which could be tapped in resolving the South Sudanese crisis particularly as he was the president of the unified Sudan before South Sudan’s cessation in 2011.

“Bashir could play major and direct role in resolving the crisis,” he added.

The rebel leader said he briefed Bashir on the developments of the ongoing talks between the two warring parties in Addis Ababa besides their vision for ending the dispute.

The official Sudan news agency (SUNA) reported that Bashir reiterated his support to the efforts exerted by the IGAD to reach a peaceful settlement to the South Sudanese conflict and encouraged the warring parties to resort to dialogue.

Speaking about the slow-moving peace process, he acknowledged that talks are facing significant obstacles but stressed the two sides have agreed on the negotiations agenda.

Machar expected that talks between his faction and the government would go beyond the 60-day ultimatum set by mediators from the East African regional bloc (IGAD), underscoring keenness to resolve the contentious issues and achieve peace in South Sudan.

The rebel negotiating team earlier this month demanded to limit the direct talks to the warring parties saying the political parties including the SPLM-detained leaders and civil society groups would participate in a consultative manner particularly when it comes to the negotiations on formation of a transitional government of national unity.

Machar rejected pressures exerted by some actors in the international community to form a transitional government in South Sudan before reaching a peace agreement.

“We told the international community and the IGAD that the agreement must precedes formation of a transitional government because the latter needs a program to be implemented and no government could be formed before signing any agreement,” he emphasised.

Machar added they wanted to negotiate directly with the government and consult with the stakeholders but IGAD insisted on forming a committee for negotiations through a roundtable, saying we agreed to participate in the talks but it will continue for a long time.

The rebel leader further said his talks with Bashir also tackled the issue of the South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, pointing his visit to Khartoum comes within the framework of a regional tour to IGAD countries and also because of the strong ties and common history between the two countries.

Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak had earlier told Sudan Tribune that the IGAD-facilitated the visit is in the interests of the peace process to end the crisis in South Sudan.

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. He also met with the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

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.

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.

In May, both parties to the conflict vowed to bring an end to the fighting and agreed to establish a transitional government of national unity within 60-days. On the eve of the agreed date, however, disagreement at the talks make this commitment seemingly impossible to achieve.

The rebel group’s delegation, which participated in the opening of the fifth session of the talks on Monday, refused to attend the Tuesday round-table negotiations which directly included all the other stakeholders.

They reminded the mediation that the direct talks would be between their delegation and the government with the other stakeholders to participate only in a consultative manner.

(ST)

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  • 10 August 20:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    What tapp solution will Bashir apply against south Sudan turmoil? Is it to sanct oil flow or to Kill our president?
    Riek and his boss Bashir are joking around south sudanese.

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    • 11 August 00:29, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      sickening how this man keeps coming up with some piece of garbage, I should somehow be hung for reading Sudan tribune recycled news.

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      • 11 August 05:41, by Mi diit

        Don’t cry yet ladies of Nyankiir Museveni. You started this game of finding foreign bosses. If your PRESIDENT ran to another president, Museveni of Uganda, and made him his boss, then what is wrong with a simple opposition leader, Dr. Machar, making our former President Bashir his boss? You brought in UPDF, JEM, SPLA-N, 63 tribes in SPLA, half Nuer just to fight another half Nuer. Cowards!!!

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  • 10 August 20:54, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    What tapp solution will Bashir apply against south Sudan turmoil? Is it to sanct oil flow or to Kill our president?
    Riek and his boss Bashir are joking around south sudanese people.

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    • 11 August 00:07, by Ito

      Dr. Riek you are the only leader who inspires citizens to do the right things. You are charismatic, a visionary and a democrats. Life is hard but victory is certain. As Bible says, those with money will bribe and will destroy but God’s will will prevail. Salva bought alot of nuer and is continuing buying all leaders of other tribes, but God is with you even if all leave you and you will win in end

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  • 10 August 21:07, by Madina Tonj

    Riek Machar Teny and Angelina Teny don’t even realizing their failure friendship with Omar al Bashir is obvious. Watchout your speak at the time you are VP when SPLA had captured Panthou for 10 days. Do you real think Omar al Bashir is stupid or what do you think Mr. Riek Machar? The IGAD of East African leaders are now aware your crimes which you did it twic. The only solution is to accept peace

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    • 10 August 21:29, by jacob mayen ajuoi

      They reason behind Machar, visited Khartoum ’s to stop oil to flow through Sudan, but Bashir isn’t a stupid to agreed with Riek, because Machar ’s well know of always being madness.

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      • 11 August 14:20, by Mayom County Boy

        what kind of that agreement do Bashir $ Riek have ?
        it is just a threating way for south sudan government to accept peace , I does n.t see side effect for south sudan government to feel annoyed because Riek was invited by sudan government , it is a bulshit time for Riek Machar to blind foolish Mr. Bashir for this short period of south sudan crisis .

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  • 10 August 21:22, by Dengic

    Machar, you must be a born traitor.Bashir maybe able to resolve th conflict in South Sudan because he has screwed you for the second time. You are fond of spreading lies but history will never forgive you, even if Kiir forgive you.

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    • 10 August 21:48, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      A source from Addis Ababa, saying? Riek Machar has promises his Boss Bashir about Abyei to be the part of Sudan if he become president of south Sudan. What fake rebel! Abyei will not become a parts of Khartoum, thought Riek sold Abyei a way verbally.

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    • 10 August 21:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      A source from Addis Ababa, saying? Riek Machar has promises his Boss Bashir about Abyei to be the part of Sudan if he become president of south Sudan. What fake rebel! Abyei will not become a parts of Khartoum, thought Riek sold Abyei a way verbally.

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      • 11 August 02:41, by Malakal county Simon

        To all supporters of foolish president of SS, You have two choices to make:

        1, Accept Dr Machar as your next president
        2, Hung yourself if you don’t like Dr Machar simple as that

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        • 11 August 02:47, by Malakal county Simon

          And certainly, amb Lol Gatkouth will never defect to genocidal regime, but this is a wishful thinking and desperate move by opportunist called traitor Gordon Buay

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          • 11 August 12:54, by Mayom County Boy

            @malakal county simon
            please let me advice you indirect because you are my best friend for this short time
            please better to understand the point of how your mother husband Riek Machar want to be leader to this world of ours
            Riek never be leader for south sudan

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          • 11 August 12:54, by Mayom County Boy

            @malakal county simon
            please let me advice you indirect because you are my best friend for this short time
            please better to understand the point of how your mother husband Riek Machar want to be leader to this world of ours
            Riek never be leader for south sudan

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  • 11 August 10:26, by Marco Bul

    Riek:My former husband,Bashir.I can offer my ass to u for two round.Then u can stop oil flow to China.They are buying it with weapons and ammunitions....
    Bashir:I can have your ass but for oil stoppage...No!!
    China will prick my ass for distrupting their economy.
    Riek:Can I give u Angelina for a night?
    Bashir:Well,.......
    To be continued.......

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  • 11 August 17:38, by Rommel

    Mi Diit:

    Were the Ugandans present when we routed you from our lands in 1991-2? Riek’s forces experienced defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Were JEM fighters present!? Remember, you had the Equatorian defence force with you as well. You had Khartoum as your ally.

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    • 11 August 17:39, by Rommel

      The Baggara tribes in the form of the PDF and Murahaleen, devastated the Dinka tribe. The Equatorians joined your myopic surrender to Khartoum. The Murle [like you] worked for Khartoum. The vast majority of the Shilluk joined your rebellion. The Muslim ’Fertit’ tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal worked in tandem with Khartoum against us... and you still lost.

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      • 11 August 17:54, by Rommel

        The vast majority of the Nuer soldiers have left the armed forces, so there is little use in evoking their small participation. The presence of some Nuer Generals in the army doesn’t in anyway change this. The other tribes have pretty much maintained neutrality. The only tribes that have been hostile to you have been the Shilluk and the Maban...

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        • 11 August 17:59, by Rommel

          ..The Shilluk became only truly hostile after you heaped misery upon their population. The Shilluk created a defense force in order to defend themselves from your depredations. The Maban and the Burun have followed suite. You took Longechuk county from the Burun around 1982. They are under no obligation to regard with you love.

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