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August 14, 2014 (JUBA) – The regional bloc (IGAD) mediating peace talks between South Sudan’s warring leaders has called for imposition of tougher actions against parties blocking the process.

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African leaders at the IGAD heads of state and government meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday, December 27, 2013 (Photo: Moses Lomoyat)

The calls came during Wednesday’s extraordinary IGAD Council of Ministers meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Tedros Adhanom chaired the one-day event, where the mediators briefed IGAD member countries on the progress so far made in South Sudan peace talks aimed at ending the ongoing conflict.

“It was a successful meeting. You know that peace talks which have just resumed were adjourned at the request of the mediators for consultation with IGAD heads of state whose countries are playing an active role in the peace process,” South Sudan’s foreign minister, Barnaba Marial exclusively told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

“The main issue was the demand of the SPLM in opposition. It was first about the issue of representation and later came up demanding bilateral discussion with the government, which contravenes the June 9th communiqué of the IGAD heads of state that calls for participation of all the stakeholders in the negotiation, explained

According to the minister, the contentious issue of the representation was resolved and peace talks have now resumed.

“The ministers have agreed unanimously that the problem was caused by the refusal of the SPLM/A-in-Opposition to participate in the talks despite the agreement it had signed and they agreed that tough actions be taken against those blocking the peace process,” stressed Marial.

“On our part, we are committed to ensuring that this conflict is brought to an end through peaceful dialogue,” he further assured.

The United States secretary of state, John Kerry has strongly condemned the failure of South Sudan’s warring parties to meet a deadline to reach a peaceful settlement to end the eight-month-long conflict.

Kerry, in a statement issued on 11 August, denounced the delay of the parties to meet their commitment, saying neither party engaged in peace talks seriously.

“Along with my troika colleagues from Norway and the United Kingdom, we condemn these failures,” he said. “This is an outrage and an insult to the people of South Sudan. Their leaders are letting them down again and again,” he added.

He further called on IGAD and the African Union to take the “appropriate action” saying the African leaders have previously called for punitive measures, if the parties failed to secure peace by the agreed deadline.

We’re well past the point where enough is enough,” he further stressed.

A 31-member delegation from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday visited the South Sudan capital, Juba and met president Salva Kiir, government officials and civil society activists.

Mark Lyall Grant, the Britain’s permanent representative to the world body, clearly stated that the Security Council was ready to consider "all appropriate measures" against those undermining peace, stability and security in South Sudan.

“There would be consequences for those who try to undermine agreements that are reached in the Addis Ababa talks,” he stressed.

Grant, the UNSC president for August, also talked to opposition leader, Riek Machar via video link, but described the engagement as "disappointing.”

"We did not hear much from them that gave us hope that there will be rapid agreement,” said UK envoy, adding that both leaders had admitted there was no military solution to the country’s eight-month old conflict.

“We underlined a very strong message that there will be consequences for those who undermine the peace process that is not willing to put aside their personal agendas in the interest of the people,” added Grant.

The Security Council members also met with the IGAD ministers on Wednesday in the Kenyan capital to discuss the next possible steps to be taken.

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  • 15 August 07:14, by dinkdong

    Yeah, hit them and hit them where it hurt! Sanction on Kiir and Riek.

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    • 15 August 07:29, by michael coma

      Opposition need terrible sanction.They have made current war as project.Lots of monies are coming from unknown accounts in Europe.Their sanction is bullet rather than freezing of accounts.

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    • 15 August 07:40, by Mi diit

      If these bunches of American puppets called IGAD are serious about peace in South Sudan they should take the recommendation from Dr. Machar by imposing sanctions on South Sudan. Denying Kiir access to pipelines and sea ports would bring peace in weeks. Mrs. Nyankiir Museveni would be left with no other choice but to kneel down, begging for peace.

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      • 15 August 07:47, by Mi diit

        These so-called regional leaders should also study the situation in South Sudan. Peace will never come as long as that primitive dictator is still calling himself president of South Sudan. He is being used like a fool by Museveni to destroy South Sudan, its people and land. The best option is to kick him out and a capable leadership takes over. Not selfish opportunists like g-10.

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        • 15 August 07:52, by Mi diit

          Rebels have nothing to sanction against. They don’t have money, properties or mansions in foreign countries like Kiir & his corrupt colleagues in government. Imposing arms embargo on Kiir’s chiefdom would also spare many lives. He currently spends billions on hiring mercenaries and purchasing weapons with nobody to shoot them coz people are ALSO dying of hunger & diseases.

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          • 15 August 08:10, by Mi diit

            Some IGAD leaders are working hard for their own interests trying to sideline other IGAD countries.

            For example, Uganda is working hard to sideline Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

            I believe these targeted IGAD countries by Uganda and South Sudan will not agree on resolutions that will harm their national interests too. They must be very vigilant in this selfish dirty game. Kiir must go!

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  • 15 August 07:22, by Madina Tonj

    One thing, the UN need to know is that. Riek Machar, he does not care about people and this is why if the agreement was made for the sake of suffering people then, he doesn’t like because he is interesting only for leadership. Also UN must understand that, Riek is a criminal who has done a disasters twice and keep repeat over and over again. The ICC must indicted Riek M for his crimes committed.

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  • 15 August 07:22, by Madina Tonj

    One thing, the UN need to know is that. Riek Machar, he does not care about people and this is why if the agreement was made for the sake of suffering people then, he doesn’t like because he is interesting only for leadership. Also UN must understand that, Riek is a criminal who has done a disasters twice and keep repeat over and over again. The ICC must indicted Riek M for his crimes committed.

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  • 15 August 07:23, by Madina Tonj

    One thing, the UN need to know is that. Riek Machar, he does not care about people and this is why if the agreement was made for the sake of suffering people then, he doesn’t like because he is interesting only for leadership. Also UN must understand that, Riek is a criminal who has done a disasters twice and keep repeat over and over again. The ICC must indicted Riek M for his crimes committed.

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    • 15 August 07:51, by Malakal county Simon

      Both IGAD and International community’s need to get this point straight, That’s by imposing a murderer and unwanted president Kiir on South Sudan citizens is not the solution to the current problem. Kiir must resign and indict by ICC for Juba massacre period!!

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  • 15 August 09:25, 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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  • 15 August 09:35, by ForAll

    IGAD Council of Ministers is in CLOSED SYSTEM that is controlled by outsiders who colonized Africa.

    IGAD must find any chance to let Southerners sit together as members of big family.

    I am sure that southerners when they sit together they will solve every problem in a very peaceful and brotherly mode.

    Let’s pray for urgent peace in SS.

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  • 15 August 10:45, by ForAll

    Armed Movement: SPLA Torit faction

    Related Political Party: SPLM

    Leader: John Garang*Salva Kiir Mayardit

    Stated Goal: To assure Sudanese majority’s access to political power, wealth, cultural integrity

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  • 15 August 10:49, by ForAll

    Armed Movement: SPLA Bahr-al-Ghazal faction

    Related Political Party: SPLM

    Leader: Carabino Kuany Bol

    Stated Goal: National Unity, Socialism, Autonomy

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  • 15 August 10:53, by ForAll

    Armed Movement: SPLA Nasir fact./ South Sudan Independence Movement

    Related Political Party: SSIM

    Leader: Riek Machar

    Stated Goal: Democratic principles, human rights, self-determination

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  • 15 August 17:26, by Guandong

    IGAD has failed to reach the dealt b/n two rivals.

    - IGAD is not worried about the implementation of CoH. since it required Museveni to withdraw his troops.
    - IGAD is worried only the violation of ceasfire.
    - IGAD has failed to adress the root cause of the conflict instead jumping to the solution. How could u solve the problem without adressing its root?

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  • 15 August 17:29, by Guandong

    - The aim of IGAD is only to spoil the two leaders so that to hand our country to the UN for looting n stealing. As a result no peace could be acheived via IGAD.

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  • 15 August 17:31, by Guandong

    - Government of Kiir has violating the CoH since jan 23 upto now n IGAD failed to condemn nor to take action against Kiir. instead are blaming both parties to take responsiblity. How can both parties be responsible? Its bcoz they want to say we fail n give our country to the UN.
    - IGAD fails to denounce the arms consignment bought by Kiir from China after the western world imposed arms embargo.

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  • 15 August 17:33, by Guandong

    on south sudan.
    I personally boycotted n condemn the IGAD mediating.
    I called upon the entire world instead to impose Sanction on the IGAD as a result of their failure.

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  • 17 August 09:38, by Guandong

    I don’t know what we (Rebels) are waiting for? IGAD has failed to put the CoH into work by not pressurising the UPDF’s withdrawal. This is the important part of the agreement.
    The agreement has been violated by IGAD, Kiir n Museveni. we are not to be forced to implement some part of it while they don’t do it. If Uganda are not to withdraw then fighting will continue. Lets’ fight n we know how to

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