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Machar to attend IGAD regional summit: spokesperson

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August 22, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese former vice-president, Riek Machar, who now leads an armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In- Opposition) is expected to participate in the upcoming regional leaders’ summit of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 10 June 2014 (IGAD photo)

Sources close to IGAD in the preparations for the extraordinary summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, said the regional bloc’s heads of state and government are expected to converge on Sunday to decide on measures to take in trying to resolve the eight-month old war in South Sudan.

The meeting comes in the wake of boycott of the fifth round of the peace talks by the delegation of South Sudan’s government under president Salva Kiir, stalling the talks with Machar’s opposition group amidst renewed fighting in Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile states.

The regional heads of state, president Kiir included, are expected to deliberate and resolve on the situation in South Sudan, threatening to take measures against any party seen to be perpetuating the war.

Previously, the rebel group protested against what they said was IGAD’s “dogmatic” approach when it made decisions or passed resolutions on South Sudan in favour of one party, (government) with no presence of the other party to the conflict (SPLM-In-Opposition).

However, the rebel group told Sudan Tribune on Friday that its leader would this time participate in the summit.

“We felt snubbed by IGAD’s previous approach which seemed dogmatic,” said James Gatdet Dak, spokesperson of the rebel leader.

“We are glad to learn that IGAD is now willing to have our party represented in the summit,” he said.

Dak said the chairman of the SPLM-IO, Machar, is expected to attend the summit and present his group’s side of the story, adding this was important for IGAD to make an informed decision.

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  • 23 August 2014 06:42, by Toney Toney Matot

    James Gatdet Dak (Midiit)
    you must be a mere joker.there is no where in this world a country be represented by two leaders in one country.the regional leaders summit is not meant to include decedents and renegades as you may expect.should this happen,then all the African rebel leaders must attend the summit too.

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    • 23 August 2014 07:37, by Wicdail

      Toney Toney Matot(Kirr spokeswomen),

      Ii’s very painful is’s it? to see the verey person whom you curse to death and murdered 2% of his tribe in cool blood in the nation capital, to be seen by the world as the only solution to this crisis. LOOL. (Mr I’m elected), you better prepared for the worst.

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      • 23 August 2014 09:10, by Toney Toney Matot

        Wicdail,you are very stupid like your husband Riek.there was no war that was imposed on Nuers but the war was planned by inept renegade Riek Machar who always like to mobilized Nuer tribe to fight for his selfishness ambition and greed for power.Riek Machar and his retarded Nuer Militia will failed miserably. mark my words.

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      • 23 August 2014 12:44, by Mayom County Boy

        it is wait of time for I GAD to call a summit , by then government will not accept such a decision to be sign an time , an less through consultation process of president of south sudan

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      • 23 August 2014 14:24, by Abyei Soil

        Riek Machar had failed his rebellion, the rebellion with no objectives, who will board the broken ark to sail the other shore side? I think no body will accept to sink with boat.

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        • 23 August 2014 14:32, by AdierCien

          In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen

          Political dialogue was the solution for Machar rebellion unfortunately Riek Machar didn’t have political solution, only militarily solution, but I doubt he can do that. The force never help in all sort of ways. The war must end, we the South Sudanese are calling for peace, end the war.

          Moscow.

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  • 23 August 2014 07:59, by Madina Tonj

    Well, the Africa world have learned Riek Machar has no objective plans, he is just jumping up and down for everything only thinking for leadership which is hard for him to get it. Why this time for Riek Machar to request the participation on IGAD summit when he had refusal to respect the IGAD leaders?. Let him go for summit so that, IGAD leaders understood the man is desperately for leadership.

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    • 23 August 2014 09:09, by Malakal county Simon

      This is good idea by IGAD to allow Dr Machar to attend the regional summit, and to tells them the truth about who spark the sense-less war.

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    • 24 August 2014 19:05, by what the hell

      That is the Nuer mentality they want to be anywhere they don’t fell ashamed at all they are not human they are animal fuck them killed them all

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  • 23 August 2014 11:56, by philipdit wol

    "Rat do not dance in the Cat doorway"

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