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Machar’s opposition group demands role in IGAD summit on S. Sudan

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August 14, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s rebel faction the SPLM in Opposition led by the former vice-president Riek Machar has asked that it be able to take part in the upcoming summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), saying its presence was important for resolutions on South Sudan.

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South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar attends the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on June 11, 2014 in Addis Ababa - (Photo AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

IGAD heads of state and government who mediate the peace process between president Salva Kiir’s government and rebels are due to meet on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the situation in South Sudan and decide on what further measures to take.

The summit comes in response to the failure by the two warring parties to conclude a peace agreement in accordance with the 60-day ultimatum which IGAD imposed on 10 June and elapsed on 10 August.

President Kiir’s government takes part in the regional summit.

The rebel group however said it was important for their party to participate in the discussions and resolutions on South Sudan, criticising the regional body for passing disputable resolutions in the past in their absence.

“The leadership of SPLM/SPLA reiterates the need to participate in IGAD summits which discuss the situation in South Sudan. It is unfortunate that IGAD passes resolutions in favour of one party because SPLM/SPLA is not provided with an opportunity to tell our side of the story,” said Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak in a press statement issued on Thursday.

He said the opposition group had the right to dispute any controversial resolution IGAD may pass without their presence.

“IGAD cannot commit SPLM/SPLA to their resolutions where the Movement has no presence. We therefore want to be participant in the upcoming summit,” he added.

Dak said by time the press statement was issued, the SPLM in Opposition had not yet received any official communication from IGAD regarding the expected summit, despite an earlier request made to the regional body to consider their participation.

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  • 15 August 2014 06:40, by George Bol

    Riek Machar need to be block from all Eastern Africans airports and territories and capture because he is delaying peace in South Sudan. HE is a confuse guy with on agenda only lokking for presidency with the blood of innocents.He made coup in the year of 1991 in which he killed civilians and run to khartoum against southerners,now he has made another coup? Riek machar be isolated for peace.

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    • 15 August 2014 07:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      IGAD are leaders are very stupid enough, how come for one country to two leaders?
      And give rebels legitimacy to seek membership in the summit due to take place in Addis Ababa.

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    • 15 August 2014 08:40, by Rami Tot

      George Bol
      Could you tell the agenda presented by government since beginning of peace talks? Your uncle Kuethpiny is screwing and has no agenda upto now they have presented agenda on table don’t you know your government have not present any agenda?
      Tell me a agenda of government in the negotiations.

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  • 15 August 2014 06:40, by George Bol

    Riek Machar need to be block from all Eastern Africans airports and territories and capture because he is delaying peace in South Sudan. HE is a confuse guy with on agenda only lokking for presidency with the blood of innocents.He made coup in the year of 1991 in which he killed civilians and run to khartoum against southerners,now he has made another coup? Riek machar be isolated for peace.

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    • 15 August 2014 07:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Riek Machar needs to go to the hospital for mental evaluation. He is too confused to be a husband to Angelino let alone participating on national matters.

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  • 15 August 2014 06:49, by wang

    This is a what I always, the IGAD is a bunches of losers organisation….honestly, why only invited a killer, terrorist groups leading by that stupid president so called Mrs. Kiir M7, while leaving the legitimate party out from talks….Mrs. kiir is not an elected President as many like that US has put it….this lady has lost trust from her owns people and she should be treated as murdered, lairs, trib

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  • 15 August 2014 06:58, by wang

    This is a what I always say, the IGAD is a bunches of losers organisation….honestly, why only invited a killer, terrorist groups leading by that stupid president so called Mrs. Kiir M7, while leaving the legitimate party out from talks….Mrs. kiir is not an elected President as many like that US has put it….this lady has lost trust from her owns people and she should be treated as murdered, lairs,

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    • 15 August 2014 07:50, by michael coma

      Wang

      Mrs.Nyariek Obama is the most prostitute wife Obama never had in live.Nyariek Obama has now been divorced by US community for wasting their resources while is big whore.She has now went back to her previous husband called Bashir.

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  • 15 August 2014 07:04, by Madina Tonj

    Riek Machar. If you don’t sign this peace agreement then, you will soon be kick out in Ethiopia holt because the Eastern leaders are learning from your past history and this second faction . You seem to jumped and leave other plan incomplete. Remember, IGAD summit meeting is for those head of the State so why you should joining to participate when the president of Republic of South Sudan is there.

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    • 15 August 2014 07:54, by Gangura

      Vry smart Dr. Machar, u hv right to request what so called IGAD to include you in the summit, I understand soon we hv no Dinka as president for South Sudan only Nuers and Equatorians will be ruling this country for 100 years, we are tired of cow boyz mind.

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  • 15 August 2014 07:47, by Gogrialboys

    Folks, What I don’t understand is why this man called Riak act like a head of state to the extend of even demanding to participate in the heads of states meeting. I even saw him touring many countries in the region acting like he is going to create his own state. Now see, we don’t have peace and he is just wasting time to show up in where he is not suppose to be.

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    • 15 August 2014 08:00, by Malakal county Simon

      I don’t think peace will come soon between the SPLM/A waring parties, since the ongoing peace process in Addis is becoming a business centre for IGAD member’s of States to make profits in the name of mediating South Sudan crisis!!!

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  • 15 August 2014 09:19, by ForAll

    Great South Sudan peoples must EXPEL: Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and USA from any agreement for peace.

    Great South Sudan peoples must Go through: South Africa, Geneina Conakry, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Norway, Russia and AU. With them you will get fair mediators for PEACE in SS.

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