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August 11, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The South Sudanese former vice-president, Riek Machar who leads the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition) has returned to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after talks with the Sudanese top leadership in Khartoum, a rebel official has said.

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SPLM-in-Opposition leader Riek Machar talks to the media after his meeting with president Omer al-Bashir on 10 August 2014 (ST)

The SPLM-In-Opposition leader’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, in a press release he issued on Monday evening seen by Sudan Tribune said the visit was “productive.”

“Chairman Dr Riek Machar Teny has returned to the venue of the peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday evening after two days visit to Khartoum. He had productive meetings with the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and other senior officials of the government,” partly reads the statement.

“President Bashir pledged to continue to support the ongoing peace process in his capacity as a head of IGAD member state,” he added.

Dak added that the Sudanese president, who for 22 years ruled the whole Sudan before secession of South Sudan in July 2011, had more experience and role to play in resolving the crisis.

“President Bashir has a huge experience in the Sudanese conflicts which he can apply to help end the crisis in South Sudan,” he added.

Previously the rebel leader, Machar, in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune called on Sudan and Kenya to impose sanctions on the South Sudanese government, citing denying South Sudan access to oil pipelines and sea ports as an effective tool to end the war.

It was not clear whether or not the two leaders in Khartoum discussed the possible imposition of sanctions on South Sudan.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson added Machar also met with representatives of various South Sudanese civil society organisations residing in the Sudanese capital.

The official Sudan news agency (SUNA) on Sunday 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.

IGAD on Monday announced it had agreed to the proposal by the rebels after the government joined the proposal on bilateral talks. Instead of all the other stakeholders to participate in the direct previously proposed multi-lateral talks, they would now be only participating in a consultative manner when deemed necessary by the two parties as well as participate in general plenary presentations.

REBELS DOWNPLAY VP POSITION

Dak in a separate interview downplayed the recent remarks by president Salva Kiir in which he pledged to create a second vice-president position for the rebel leader, Machar, should he lay down his arms and rejoin the government.

“Well, first of all to our leadership Salva Kiir is no longer a legitimate president. He in December last year in Juba started this unnecessary crisis in defense of his dictatorship. He also administered the cold blood massacres of thousands of innocent citizens who elected him into office,” the rebel leader’s spokesperson told Sudan Tribune by phone on Monday when asked to comment on the offer.

“The question of who will lead the transitional government or appoint officials to various capacities until elections are held shall be tackled in a peace agreement between us and the government. It is therefore premature to concentrate on positions,” he added.

Dak said what the rebels saw as priority and important was to address the root causes of the conflict and resolve it.

The SPLM-in-Opposition, he said, had proposed the restructuring of the state in a constitutional federal system and to introduce reforms in all the public sectors, adding that the question of who would be entrusted to lead the implementation of such reform programs would finally come as a byproduct of the peace agreement.

President Kiir in May vowed to defend his position as president and those of the lawmakers during his address to the national parliament, arguing that they were elected by the people.

(ST)

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  • 12 August 08:32, by Snipper

    I don’t know why Nuers keep deceiving themselves!! There is nothing like overhaul restructuring programs that would be achieved or dream of Machar becoming president or Prime Minister! These are nonsense demands.

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    • 12 August 16:18, by John Sebit

      Kir was voted in as a president of South Sudan, but he was not voted in as president to killed in ten of thousands the same people that voted for him. Some Dinka do not even believe that, there are general from the Nuer ethnic group in the SPLA now and vi versa, I would advice that you stop abusing the entire Nuer. We talk of Riek and Kir, not Dinka and Nuer.

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  • 12 August 08:32, by Malakal county Simon

    Congratulation on your successful visit next president Dr Machar!!!!

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    • 12 August 08:52, by Madina Tonj

      Malakal disaster county. I think you are singing about getting Riek Machar in to power and from what I know, Riek Machar will not lead South Sudan even if the peace is sign today, we want the ICC to indicted him for his crimes he had done twice. I am positive if that war continues then, the SPLA will enter to Gambela region and all refugees camp which we all know it. Keep dreaming for nothing.

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    • 12 August 19:34, by Marco A. Wek

      Simon you will die in USA while your blood thirsty Riek will die in Ethiopia if he does not want to accept the 2nd vice president position Kiir gave him. As for those of Riek supporters who are saying Omar Bashir has experience solving problems in Sudan, why did he not solve problem of Blue Nile, Nuba Mountain, Eastern Sudan and that of Darfur? South Sudan problem was not solved by Al Bashir but

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  • 12 August 08:55, by Dengic

    Abak cak gam te mene ting guac!!..Who do you think will entrust Machar to lead the interim transitional government?..I always hear Nuer saying, Kiir has lost legitimacy,what legacy do you Nuer have apart from greediness.Let’s wait and see if you Dak and your boss will come back to South Sudan.Most of you will die in Ethiopia, example Machar....

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    • 12 August 09:53, by Malakal county Simon

      Slaves Tong and Dengic,

      You both have two options: Accept Dr Machar as your next president!! Or Simply hung yourself, because you all be surprise soon.

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  • 12 August 09:31, by ForAll

    Dr. Riek Machar please and please start with your brothers and sisters to follow the great road maps by Moses, Jesses and Mohamed as they started with their families.

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    • 12 August 12:29, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

      Gat Matot,

      De so-called Nuer protesters in Washington r 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? Let Dr. Hopeless resign from misleading Nuers since 1991.

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      • 12 August 12:30, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

        USA is the hub of democracy where power-hungry politicians first look at their record n themselves in de mirror before testing the waters bcoz once your secret criminal record is exposed, leave alone de recorded one of Dr. Hopeless Riek of 1991 Bor massacre, you quickly drop out from presidential race n disappear without trace. Sadly, this is not the case to Nuer protesters n Dr. Hopeless Riek.

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        • 12 August 12:31, 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 John Garang in 2002, in which country would we Junubin be talking as first class citizens today dat Riek is now struggling to hijack the leadership of SPLM/A he abandoned but still liberated you all and him in broad day light

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          • 12 August 12:34, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

            The real issue of South Sudan is not political/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.

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            • 12 August 12:35, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

              For Khartoum, it simply wants to keep RSS destabilized. If Omer Hassan Al-Bashir ruled Sudan for 22 years and has experience in resolving South Sudan’s problems as Spokesperson of Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar claims, why did their KOA-1997 fail to bring peace, leave alone secession from Sudan that paralyzed Sudan’s economic life? Sudan’s infected with South Sudan Secession Syndrome (SSSS).

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              • 12 August 12:36, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                USA did not import democracy or federalism from Europe in the 1600s but grew n nurtured its own, which is compatible with the political, economic, educational, technological and cultural environment. That is why American federalism or democracy is unique n distinctive from those practiced in European countries or those exercised in Canada, Nigeria, India and other countries.

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                • 12 August 12:37, 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 on a golden plate in 2005 like Dr. Hopeless Riek who believes dat he has PhD n has every right to rule at any cost if “his turn” is denied. Why does Dr Hopeless Riek insist on recognition of his political rights in South Sudan but not in Khartoum/KOA

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                • 12 August 12:39, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                  Was the playground prepared for him by his Nasir Faction (KOA-1997) or SPLM/A-negotiated solution (CPA of 2005)? Did he experience bush life for 21 years like other Nuers whom he abandoned in 1991?Does PhD matter most in top leadership position or honesty, integrity and perseverance like what Dr John Garang, Salva Kiir, James Hoth Mai, Nelson M, Dr. Martin L.K Jr, and many more have been through?

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                  • 12 August 12:40, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                    Why the so-called illiterate “white army” was not mobilized against Jayliin in Shendi 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 South Sudan? Is it bcoz Sudan is largely desert and has no jungle for conducting his rebellion?

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                    • 12 August 12:41, 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, leave alone war, and resort to taking refuge to air-conditioned Hotels in Addis overlooking the venue of peace talks and wait later to join Government delegation from Juba only to keep changing their position, demands n setting preconditions.

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                      • 12 August 12:42, 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 done his way? No way. Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar wants us to go to Addis to watch his patronizing smile and presidential look and to remember him as the usual leader of tribally-oriented rebellion who is obsessed with assumption of top leadership

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                        • 12 August 12:44, 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. However, we r ready for both faithful negotiations to bring peace to the people of South Sudan and a protracted war to defeat Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar as was the case in 1991.

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                          • 12 August 12:46, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

                            There r many peaceful Nuer PhD holders who can run and democratically get elected to lead the country, but not your Dr Hopeless Riek Machar Teny. Get educated in the West n come back home to build your country of origin destroyed by Dr. Hopeless Riek Machar since 1991 up to date. We build, he destroys but this time it will b de last chance for his premeditated destruction. I wilb+bk Pajok.

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                            • 12 August 13:20, by Malakal county Simon

                              You’re a wast of space my friend!!!! The 91th that you keep preaching about is the gone case, and certainly your illiterate king called Kiir is not elected president, because an elected president does not kills the people’s whom elected him or her, hence, is not longer a legitimate leader.

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                              • 12 August 13:25, by Malakal county Simon

                                He need to work on his safe exit because majority South Sudanese lost trust in him and cannot be rule by foolish president any more and I hope you get that’s right!!!!

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  • 12 August 13:21, by ForAll

    South Sudan is very rich with natural resources; so you need to go back for unity and then feed Africans with rice an SS will be the first rice producer with JUNGOLEI canal project as it was well considered by great Dr Garang.

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  • 12 August 16:02, by Kim Deng

    They want him (Dr. Riek) surrender himself into prison or leave the country for good. Shame on them (Jaang).
    http://nyamile.com/2014/08/11/how-machar-fled-juba-massacre-and-arrest/

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  • 12 August 23:02, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, I can only see 99.9% of so-called-journalists are Nuer guys on this interview except one Arab journalist in the back. Did Machar invite only Nuer journalists or what? Can someone tells me anything please. Machar is running out of militias or White Army to fight his greedy war. Most of Machar’s soldiers quit fighting. I saw them in Juba two months ago when I visited. Just give up Machar...

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  • 12 August 23:09, by Dinka-Defender-General

    what I happen to James Gatdet? Did SPLA soldiers kill him in the last fight in Bor. I never see him again ever since. Can somebody tell me what I happen to him please. I think he might maybe seriously injured or killed in the last fight in Bor. He used to show off most of the time, but he disappeared every since. Prove to us he is alive and we will believe you

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