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Kiir tells UN assembly Machar’s “impatience” to blame for conflict

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September 27, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, has told the world body that the current crisis in the country came as a result of “impatience” by his former deputy and political rival, Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir gestures before addressing the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 27, 2014 (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

Addressing the UN assembly on Saturday, the South Sudanese leader who battles a rebellion led by Machar said the war ignited after a failed coup by his former right-hand man who refused to wait for 2015 elections.

“My former vice-president Riek Machar was impatient. He wanted power by force and refused to wait for 2015 elections. He staged a failed coup,” Kiir said in his speech extended to Sudan Tribune.

President Kiir also accused Machar’s rebels of violating the agreements on Cessation of Hostilities since 23 January, assuring the UN body of his government’s commitment to negotiate a political settlement with the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-in-Opposition).

"My government has demonstrated its firm commitment to peace, has unreservedly honoured these Agreements, and is continuing to negotiate in good faith to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. However, the rebels have violated the Agreements too many times, and have refused to sign the Protocol Agreement, which is a crucially important document signed by the Heads of State and Government of IGAD, including myself as a party to the conflict", he stressed.

He urge the international community to exert efforts on the rebels to sign the Protocol Agreement.

NO ETHNIC CONFLICT

The South Sudanese leader also told the UN assembly that the conflict in the young nation was purely a political struggle for power and not an ethnic conflict as reported.

He further said citizens displaced by the conflict, especially in the three states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile, have sought refuge in the neighbouring States of Lakes, Warrap, Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria and in the neighbouring countries.

"These innocent victims of the conflict urgently need and deserve humanitarian assistance. We, therefore, thank the United Nations, the Government of Norway and the other stakeholders for organizing the donor conference in Oslo, Norway, in May 2014, to support our humanitarian needs," remarked Kiir.

"My government is fully committed to render humanitarian access and has taken the necessary measures to facilitate access for humanitarian agencies", he assured.

REBELS DISMISS KIIR’S ACCUSATIONS

However, SPLM-in-Opposition faction described president Kiir’s comments as “denials” which lacked “seriousness” to bring peace.

In a live interview with VOA immediately after Kiir’s speech, Machar’s spokesperson James Gatdet Dak said the speech did not deliver a new message of hope to end the war.

“Well, first I want to say his speech was full of denials and lacked seriousness,” Dak said Saturday.

The rebel leader’s spokesman dismissed the allegation, saying Machar was never impatient as alleged, adding his boss was pursuing a democratic political process in the ruling party (SPLM) before president Kiir interrupted the process by introducing violence on 15 December.

He accused president Kiir of previously rejecting requests for meetings of the ruling party (SPLM) leadership by his former secretary general, Pagan Amum, which was going to be a constitutional democratic process leading to the elections.

Dak further dismissed the coup attempt narrative saying the government already failed to sell it to the world, saying it lacked evidence and had no element of truth.

The rebel leader’s spokesperson also counter-accused the government of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement, arguing that government troops have captured many areas which were previously under the control of the rebels before 23 January, indicating that the government had been on the offensive against the opposition forces.

He however added that the SPLM-in-Opposition was committed to the peace process to reach a political settlement.

“But this should not be to endorse the status quo,” he said, criticising the IGAD protocol for trying to “endorse Kiir’s dictatorship.”

PEACE TALKS IN PROGRESS

Dak further told Sudan Tribune Saturday that there was little progress in the peace talks in the Ethiopian northern city of Bahir Dar as various committees of the parties were negotiating on proposals on security, governance and economy of the country.

He said the rebel faction was clear on how to bring about lasting peace in the country.

“On our side our negotiators are clear on a system that would apply in South Sudan in order to bring about a lasting peace, good governance and prosperity to the country,” Dak said, without giving details.

He added that a peace agreement would be reached soon provided the other party was "seriously" committed to the process.

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  • 28 September 2014 09:30, by thomas

    Lies! Your dictatorial tendencies are to blame for this conflict.

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    • 28 September 2014 11:31, by maumau

      Salva Kiir not telling the truth to the world about the coubt. The world already know that you fake the coubt to bring down your political oponents like Dr Riek Machar, Hon. Pagan Amum and others. Imagine the killings that took place after your action, destruction of property and displacement of the populations, all to keep you as the president. Think about it, you will realise your mistake.

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    • 28 September 2014 15:58, by Ankh

      Dr Riek defeated Salva Kiir politically prior to Dec 15 killings. Salva panicked and is targeting Nuer to this day. UN is not SSTV

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  • 28 September 2014 09:32, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Weldone
    President of Republic of S. Sudan! People are truely known by their
    words. Don’t ever worry b’se we’ll not accept divisive politics.

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    • 28 September 2014 14:35, by Bentiu Sudan

      Salva Kiir,

      You are the world foolish president. Even the Sudan president Omer El Bashir is much wiser than you goofy wild animal. Everywhere you go you are being lectured like baby in diaper. Now your foolishness is known worldwide. You will never escape ICC idiot black ass.

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      • 28 September 2014 15:30, by Juba Lira

        nuers in ss. are problem white say don’t allow them in military hospital and big ranks. they are nyigats

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  • 28 September 2014 17:52, by Nyesi Ta

    This bankrupt, tribalist, nepotic, drunkard, uneducated, incompetent, and above all a useless president has lied again to the members of the world body. The coup narrative he and his comic vice president has been talking about has not been bought, and will never be sold anyway. What is remaining of Kiir is to exit and allow South Sudanese to decide a new set of leadership. Period!!!

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    • 29 September 2014 08:32, by Redeemer

      No matter how much you abuse him you will still feel that pain of your own ignorance. "gun is not the solution, said Mayardit". You felt it, you are feeling it and you will continue until you say he is the president of the Republic of SSudan.

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