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IGAD mediators urge S. Sudan rebels to immediately cease hostilities


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

October 30, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) special envoys have strongly condemned the fresh clashes that occurred between South Sudan’s warring parties, urging opposition forces to immediately cease hostilities.

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IGAD’s chief mediator for South Sudan peace talks, Seyoum Mesfin, speaks to the press following the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement between the South Sudanese government and rebels in Addis Ababa on 23 January 2014 (Photo: AFP)

The fresh fighting, which began earlier this week, could derail the IGAD-led peace talks, despite the recent a breakthrough to end the ongoing conflict in the young nation.

The SPLM-in-Opposition on Wednesday claimed that their forces were in control of Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, a claim a government army spokesperson dismissed.

Although the two rivals continue to trade accusations on who instigated the latest attack, IGAD mediators have pointed fingers at rebels.

“The ongoing fighting in and around Bentiu, Unity State demonstrates that the SPLM/A (In Opposition) has yet to abandon the option of war” the regional bloc said in a statement.

While urging the rebel to immediately cease hostilities, the regional mediators called on government forces to demonstrate maximum restraint and for all parties to give peace a chance.

“The IGAD Envoys renew their call to the parties to adhere to their commitments, particularly the requirements of the CoH Agreement to end the recruitment and mobilization of forces, including that of child soldiers, the acquisition of arms and ammunition, and all possible military provocation”

The latest development occurred despite significant progress in the peace talks in Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar city, where the two parties reached a breakthrough on major steps to resolve their differences particularly on a negotiated settlement on a power-sharing agreement.

IGAD’s chief envoy, Seyoum Mesfin said on Thursday that the two rival leaders agreed to meet at a regional heads of state summit, expected to held this week.

The two rival leaders, according to Mesfin, will discuss the “critical issues of sharing power in the top executive” during the transitional period.

“They will be the ones to negotiate what would be the power that they would share, or define the duties and obligations and powers of the president, the vice president, of the prime minister and deputy prime ministers, or even shatter this structure”, he said.

Some politicians, however, fear that the latest clashes could disrupt the planned meeting between president Salva Kiir and rebel leader, Riek Machar.


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  • 31 October 2014 07:02, by Mi diit

    Look at the confused IGAD mediators. They want to reintroduce structures again, talking of president, vice president, prime minister, deputies to prime minister and yet they said there was a breakthrough on only president and prime minister. These guys just want the talks to continue indefinitely.

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    • 31 October 2014 07:04, by Mi diit

      They also prematurely condemned the rebels for the attacks without first verifying who initiated the fight. This is just to appease Salva Kiir who wanted the mediators replaced and venue changed. What a gambling mediation!

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  • 31 October 2014 07:49, by mzalendo mwema

    To:Riek and his supporters,

    It is now clear to the world that Riek attempted coup and was defeated in Juba.He killed more than 30,0000 civilians in Bor in 1991 and denied it

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    • 31 October 2014 07:58, by Malakal county Simon

      mzalendo mwema

      Your claimed is laughable because it does not produce tangible evidence whatsoever......

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      • 31 October 2014 08:17, by mzalendo mwema

        There are tangible evidences to prove it.
        You cannot believe it because you are liars lovers with your leader Dr Fool.Capturing Bentiu is not victory if you think you have captured it.It is only your backyard and you still have long way to go.It will take you 100,0000 years to reach Juba.God luck hyenas

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        • 31 October 2014 14:45, by Hardlinner

          These are kind of people that think they wanna rule south sudan. Look fools government forces have never strayed outside their barracks since inception of cease fire agreement. The notion that government forces first attack rebel positions can only entertain nuer audiences not the whole world. You primitive rebels plan and executed these attacks inspite of ongoing peace negotiations.

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  • 31 October 2014 08:04, by mzalendo mwema

    No matter how long this war will take and how heavy the price,South Sudan will emerge strongly and the whole world be suprised.Mark that word! Riek has been claiming to be part of our struggle to independence.But now secret has revealed itself.Dr Fool Machar.
    There is no country for one tribe,Dr Useless or Fool Machar.

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    • 31 October 2014 14:00, by Redeemer

      The biography of this fool Dr. Says that his vision is to up lift Nuer not SSudan as a nation. Get it online bro. It is a shameful biography for a living being.

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      • 31 October 2014 14:07, by mzalendo mwema

        You are being fooled bro.Dr Fool cannot govern Leer leave alone South Sudan.There were many things he would have done apart from rebellion.One example of those was giving lectures to Juba University students.

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  • 31 October 2014 14:09, by mzalendo mwema

    Sorry Redeemer,

    I am talking to Wang and Mi diit.

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  • 31 October 2014 17:38, by Rami Tot

    Seuom mesfyn

    do not waste your time we will not sign peace agreement in present of foreign troops in our soil you work hard withdraw Uganda otherwise there is no peace, the present of Uganda mean there is no safety for south Sudan people because he taking part in killing of south Sudan people now they should withdraw for seek of peace

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