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S. Sudan unveils position ahead of resumption of peace talks

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April 1, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government on Wednesday unveiled its negotiating position ahead of the upcoming peace talks with the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by former vice-president Riek Machar.

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Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn (C), South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (L) and South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar (R) attend a meeting on 3 March 2015 in Addis Ababa (Photo: AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

The disclosed cabinet resolution confirmed a previous government’s stance that led to the collapse of the peace talks on 6 March.

According to the minister of cabinet affairs, the plan seeks to narrow the gaps and to assure the people of South Sudan and the international community about commitment of the government to peacefully resolve the current crisis through dialogue rather than violence.

Cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomuro on Wednesday said the decision was reached last Friday at a cabinet meeting chaired by president Salva Kiir during which it was resolved to form a technical committee.

He added that the committee already revised previous documents and developed strategies to bridge the gaps after the last round of direct negotiations collapsed between the two principals.

“The technical committee has successfully and promptly accomplished its assignment and the report is now ready for an official presentation to the president and the cabinet,” he said in an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

He further explained that the committee reviewed all the documents and identified where consensuses have been reached so as to develop strategies to close the gaps with the rebel group.

The cabinet, he said, had agreed to the structure of the government during the transitional period, proposing creation of two vice presidents with equal status or creation of a position of non-executive prime minister under the vice president.

Rebels want a position of first vice-president or executive prime minister.

The power sharing ratio, according to Lomoro, will be apportioned in a way that gives the government 60% and 30% to Machar’s armed opposition faction while the former detainees and other political parties get 10%.

SPLM-IO however proposed a power-sharing ratio of 45/45 with the government and former detainees to get 10%.

The cabinet maintained rejection to creation of two armies during the transitional period and reintegration of the rebel fighters who were not part of the SPLA before the split in December 2013.

The rebel group proposed keeping the two rival armies under separate commands during the transitional period pending their gradual amalgamation into one national army.

Government accepts only to reintegrate those soldiers who were serving in the army before the war broke out but with the same ranks when they left.

Also, Juba rejects the SPLM-IO demand for dissolution and reconstitution of the parliament and extension of power sharing ratios to the states and counties.

The government also maintained that the elections will have to be organised by the National Elections Commission (NEC) but other regional and international bodies shall monitor or assist the process.

Minister of information and broadcasting, Michael Makuei Lueth also echoed comments of the cabinet minister on the government position at a press conference in Juba on Friday.

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  • 2 April 2015 06:31, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Is it good to turned an unfortunate incident into a rebellion and be the first to asked for peace after realizing an immanent defeat? the system was rotten to the core when they were asking for reforms,are those things resolve as they want to return to the same government? if they are not resolve,why not stay where you are and kick the bad government out by use of force to realize your dreams.

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    • 2 April 2015 07:12, by Lorolokin

      Lotodo Awino Odug,

      Bro, we want peace because those who are dying be it in the government side or SPLA-IO are all South Sudanese and they are our brothers you need to know this well,by the way have you ever been to the war-front to see it with your naked eyes the way people die? let’s come together as Southerners and say enough is enough for peace to prevail.

      Kinkak

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      • 2 April 2015 07:21, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Yes, Lorokin.I have been in many operations including the second one of Kapoeta. war is not good, but why our Nuer brothers killed people under Athor and now Riek Machar. does that mean they are the one who sees injustices all the times?.

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    • 2 April 2015 07:12, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Iam so sick of one community killing their own sons on both sides every now and then. what do you want? even if you are given half of central government and states, you still complain. are you the only better citizens to be serve only by the governments? are your big sons free from corruption and malpractices?

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      • 2 April 2015 08:56, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Victims don’t fight to change the government, ye would have asked for justice from higher authority like America. what kind of help do you need again after killing 5000 civilians from Bor,Balliat,Bentiu and looted their properties clean. how are you different from roadside robbers like Boko Haram?

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    • 2 April 2015 08:23, by Malakal county Simon

      Would be consider as a betrayal by our Freedom Fighters and those innocent civilians who were killed in cold-blood in Juba 2013 by current tribal president, if indeed Dr Machar accept the fake deal....

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  • 2 April 2015 07:24, by Eastern

    More trouble for those causing headaches to South Sudan; the U.S. has declared the current war a national security threat to America, you know what that means. They declared it before for Irag and now it’s for South Sudan. Led those who want to fight the West come out to face it now!

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    • 2 April 2015 07:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The war that is going on is not because of december 15, these are forms of revenge wars starting from that of Gordon Koang, Riek, Athor and now Riek. do you know what pains dinkas went/go through because of Nuer?

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    • 2 April 2015 08:06, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Marial Lou is not far away from Bentiu, head to the front-line if you want to change this government. America is not going to Let Obama removes Kirr even if that is what he wants.

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      • 2 April 2015 09:55, by Mayom County Boy

        my message to US government as citizen of the south Sudan
        we need peace .
        let peace be preached to us by all mean instead of war among our selves we south Sudanese citizen.

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      • 2 April 2015 14:12, by Eastern

        Lotodo,

        Do you think if America wants Kiir out of power they will fail to achieve it? Is that what you belive in? Do you know how much it has caused the Americans to craft South Sudan. Do you know how much America alone has spent on South Sudan since the start of the war? Kiir is a liability to the international community for your information.

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        • 2 April 2015 16:06, by Bentiu Sudan

          Eastern,

          Please stop advising those brainless Dinka that think Kiir is the best leader and strongly resist change. They do not know that the Western nations are the one keeping Kiir in Power. The Western Nations that the criticizes now are the one blocking Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, and Dubai from helping SPLA-IO both with military equipment ground forces.

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          • 2 April 2015 16:52, by Lotodo Awino Odug

            None of the countries you mentioned, will not waste their soldiers trying rescue their former water boys/dishwashers and shoes shiners.

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    • 2 April 2015 14:48, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      You former Arabs slaves of Equatorians, Nuer and Shilluk are the same idiots who are beaming with joy as The UN,USA and AU are trying to take away our sovereignty because of oil. We would prefer to deal with Arabs than the West if that is their real motive.

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      • 2 April 2015 15:55, by Eastern

        Lotodo,

        That is hilarious. Americans have enough oil from their land, you just need to find that out.

        South Sudanese oil is valueless - it’s sold at $10 less per barrel in the World Market. Better quality oil can be found elsewhere.

        Stop the old fashion lies of SPLA during the war that so and so needs our oil. This is cowshit! Nobody wants to grab South Sudanese oil.

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        • 2 April 2015 16:30, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          None of our oil’s money will be store in UN fucking bank accounts, we would rather store it under our matresses in of the hopeless AU to use it to pay their coward soldiers. Riek will never rule this land comes sulphuric rains of bullets from drowns on us.

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  • 2 April 2015 13:22, by hamil

    That picture is made up uneducated hoards who don’t even know advanced politics. Majority are war veterans who only know how to order people to kill because that is what they are good at. If there is any educated politician in that sitting, that would be Dr. Benjamin Marial

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  • 2 April 2015 15:35, by Kim Deng

    If the Mighty Nuer Warriors (MNW) forced coward Jaang/Slaves’ first King, Mr. Marxist-Leninist Garang from his self-claimed "New Sudan" vision to self-determination for the people of South Sudan in 1991, why not this Slava and his disciples?

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