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S. Sudan president warns rebels could become regional security threat

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August 31, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has warned rebel forces allied to former vice-president Riek Machar could become a regional security threat unless the international community closely monitors their activities.

South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir (AFP)He has also called for regional and international assistance to help his administration contain the country’s rebellion.

“If they are not given meaningful and serious attention by the region and the international community involved in this peace process, I am sure that their activities would reach other countries and when this happened, the conflict will be a regional issue,” he said.

If today like they did before, they attack the oil area, they will not spare anybody. This is [a] terrorist act,” he added.

CITIZENS IGNORED

Kiir has accused his former deputy of ignoring the suffering of the South Sudanese people, who continue to be affected by the more than eight-month-long conflict in the country.

“When we signed the protocol of agreed principles, it was not because we are fully satisfied with the contents of the document, but because of the importance of peace to our people. But Riek and his group jumped up and refused to sign,” said Kiir.

“We signed the protocol because we wanted to accelerate negotiation process so that peace and stability returns to the areas which have been affected by this senseless war,” he added.

The president made the comments while speaking to a number of government officials and military officers, as well as religious and civil society leaders, who had paid him a visit at his residence to congratulate him on the signing the protocol of agreed principles.

President Kiir’s administration has been engaged in an armed struggle with pro-Machar rebels, since mid-December last year when a political dispute within the country’s ruling party (SPLM) descended into violence.

REBELS LACK HUMANITY

He said rebel forces lacked “any sense of humanity”, citing the killing of elderly and sick people as they lay in their hospital beds in Bor, Malakal and Bentiu, as well as the alleged gang rape of women.

“They do things which are inhuman,” the president Kiir said.

Machar’s rebel faction, meanwhile, accuse Kiir of exhibiting dictatorial tendencies, failing to tackle endemic corruption, poor foreign relations and tribalism, among others.

Ongoing peace talks, which are being mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, have failed to halt the violence on the ground, with both sides accusing each other of violating a January ceasefire deal.

However, Kiir said his administration was prepared to accept the outcome of IGAD-led negotiations with the rebel faction, provided it meets the desires of the general population.

SOUTH SUDAN “AT WAR WITH ITSELF”

On a recent visit to Uganda he told MPs there that South Sudan was a country “at war with itself” because certain elements within the government had attempted to seize power from him by force.

“I told them (Ugandan MPs) that the war we are fighting was imposed on our people by some of our brothers who did not want to wait [until] elections like the way it is done here in Uganda and elsewhere in the world. They wanted to get the power by bullets,” he said.

“We said ‘no, you [must] wait for elections, so that you get the power by ballots. If our people see you would be any better’, but they refused. And in December they tried to take the government by force. They used their influence in the army to divide our people. This was why Uganda and other friends came in,” president Kiir explained.

Kiir travelled to Uganda last month ahead of an IGAD heads of state and government summit on peace and security in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in which the South Sudan crisis was among the top agenda items for discussion.

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  • 1 September 08:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar, rebel leader hoping spiritual leaders Ngundeng Buoong and Dak Kueth to help him into power.

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    • 1 September 09:03, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Bravo
      Pres. Kiir Mayardit for having signed peace agreement! God knows all
      thoughts of people for peace & for war. Interests of ordinary
      citizens first & power interest later.

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      • 1 September 16:54, by Ito

        We all know that salva is waiting to die in power and he will die soon just like Gadaffi and sadam hussein. The tribally based government that is killing, raping, terrorising other tribes 24 hour is dying soon. The people have said enough is enough to this Salva and malong and opportunists government that is only serving the interest of a few rather than all. All of you who support are stupid.

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    • 1 September 09:10, by Johndumo14

      2-Salva kiir you are still the president of south sudan don’t to panic,the boss is not right but is always the boss!Any person in life when you are progessing well there is always,opposition is happening any where in the world,the enemy is not sitting by and rolling a red carpet to any person who doing well in bussines or any job you are doing,jealous,and gred is common among the s.s tribes

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      • 1 September 09:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        President Kiir, won legitimacy over Riek Machar,
        through, peaceful dialects and even other meant, congratulation Mr. President.

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      • 1 September 09:53, by michael coma

        That is true my president. Riek is now planning more attacks in Renk and Malakal. For your information,16000 has been released from Karasana and they are on their way to Renk and another unknown numbers are under training at Higlig but not town but near it.

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    • 1 September 11:16, by Daniel Deng Monyde

      Well spoken H.E. Whoever talks of democracy and really believes in democracy should wait for elections to receive the mandate of the people, because the power belongs to the people. It is useless to fight a selfish and senseless war against a democratically elected government at the expense of the people just for positions. Riek Machar has always been a traitor because of cheap lust for power

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  • 1 September 11:37, by sweettea

    Don’t start crying now Mr cow boy. You trying to involve other regional armies to get invlove in this internal affairs. Aren’t you satisfied with uganda army in south Sudan? Now u went as far as involving China, barging China to send army to protect oil in south Sudan, what happened to your spla army or u don’t have trust on your own army ? Shame on u Mr drunkard cow boy. You days are numbers.

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    • 2 September 08:48, by Makjohnson

      Crying, crying, will not help you. Salva Kiir is a pregnant of death soon. Chinese reject as Khartoum educated them of the reality of the oil’ future if China wants future investment in it. Dinka and UPDF will learn leason from mighty Nuer this time. Wait, wait, wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 1 September 13:12, by wang

    This idiot lady so called Mrs. Kiir M7 is out of line….how dare a someone that has had signed her deaths at Addis Ababa calling the very real people in this country as a regional threats. By the way, which regional does Kiir was talking about? How long Kiir’s legitimately will hang on, while she has no single support from South? Will Chinese really risk their life fighting for Kiir?

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  • 1 September 13:35, by Daniel Deng Monyde

    These are voices of frustration, hopelessness and failure. Riek Machar wasted time visiting IGAD countries hoping they would support him, but it was just a waste of time because his record is clear since 1991 that he betrayed the people of South Sudan and has failed politically, militarily and diplomatically. Even the west has turned against him because he is only fighting selfishly for power

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    • 1 September 14:00, by Bentiu Sudan

      Salva Kiir is the most world foolish and liars president. You started the war so the election could be postponed indefinitely. You have already brought in other countries in South Sudan fighting against the rebels. what regional war are you talking about foolish Dinka failure chief.

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      • 1 September 14:48, by Daniel Deng Monyde

        If it was not for this traitor called Riek Machar, who betrayed the pepole of South Sudan, misguided his poeple and stabbed the liberation struggle in the back, South Sudan would have attained Independence, long time ago during the 1990s. Since Anyanya 1 when Salva Kiir was still a young man, he has been struggling for the cause of the people of South Sudan, not because he wanted to be President.

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  • 2 September 00:25, by dinkdong

    You should have thought of "regional security" before you let this mess started last December. Good luck!

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  • 2 September 06:31, by Thyinka

    This war will forever be called a Senseless War. A war of greed for power of Nyigat and traitor Riek Machar. May his soul burnt in hell.

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