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South Sudan finally accepts participation of Troika in talks

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May 1, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government has accepted the involvement of the Trioka countries, as proposed by the regional bloc (IGAD), in direct negotiations with the armed opposition faction led by the country’s former vice-president, Riek Machar.

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South Sudan’s ex-minister for foreign affairs, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (ST)

The country’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin told Sudan Tribune on Friday that South Sudan was not an island to ignore support from the international community and other organisations.

“As government, we welcome participation of Troika countries, the Africa Union, the United Nations and other members of the international community. We appreciate their role because we want this conflict to be resolved through peaceful dialogue”, said Marial.

Last month, the regional mediators proposed an IGAD-Plus arrangement, comprising of the AU, UN, the Troika nations (Britain, United States and Norway), China, Rwanda, Chad and Algeria as part of the next round of talks on the nearly 17-months conflict.

South Sudan’s deputy foreign minister, Peter Bashir Gbandi also echoed his country’s support for regional and the international players in the ongoing peace process.

“We are now a nation as a result of the support and assistance got from the international community,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“We did not request the exclusion of the Troika from the next round of talks with the rebels”, added Gbandi.

The two officials’ remarks are a complete shift from South Sudan’s earlier position, which seemed against the Troika countries’ participation in the peace talks, mediated by IGAD.

Some South Sudanese leaders wanted the Troika nations as observers, amid claims they were behind calls for targeted sanctions against those obstructing the peace process.

It is not clear what prompted South Sudan to soften its stance as critics questioned the wisdom behind rejecting the Troika nations, which financially support the peace process.

Some observers, however, viewed the Troika’s rejection as not just as lack of direction and coherent policy to control what government officials should say, but equally reflecting division over conflict resolution as some government officials fear losing their positions in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) should negotiations result into a peace agreement between the government and the country’s armed opposition groups.

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  • 1 May 2015 22:15, by Nyesi Ta

    The leaders of the gov’t in Juba are like dogs that bark with roaring voices but are toothless to deliver a bite. A politically weak gov’t like that in Juba can run its mouth for nothing when they are unable to feed their own. Kiir Al Awiir is an ailing leader surrounded by a bunch of corrupt officials of which the foreign minister is number one. He one time said corruption started in heaven.

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    • 2 May 2015 09:03, by Ahmed Chol

      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
      the centre cannot hold.

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      • 2 May 2015 09:05, by Ahmed Chol

        A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
        A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
        Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
        The darkness drops again but now I know
        That twenty centuries of stony sleep
        Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
        And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
        Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

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        • 2 May 2015 09:07, by Ahmed Chol

          Again, the centre cannot hold because things fall apart!

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  • 1 May 2015 22:15, by Nyesi Ta

    The leaders of the gov’t in Juba are like dogs that bark with roaring voices but are toothless to deliver a bite. A politically weak gov’t like that in Juba can run its mouth for nothing when they are unable to feed their own. Kiir Al Awiir is an ailing leader surrounded by a bunch of corrupt officials of which the foreign minister is number one. He one time said corruption started in heaven.

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  • 1 May 2015 22:16, by Nyesi Ta

    The leaders of the gov’t in Juba are like dogs that bark with roaring voices but are toothless to deliver a bite. A politically weak gov’t like that in Juba can run its mouth for nothing when they are unable to feed their own. Kiir Al Awiir is an ailing leader surrounded by a bunch of corrupt officials of which the foreign minister is number one. He one time said corruption started in heaven.

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  • 2 May 2015 08:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The interests of the nation and its people come first. South Sudan has had amateurish leaders for a long time. It is high time the international community come to its aid to reboot the whole political system and its institutions that are based on tribal orientation.

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