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Regional leaders reject direct troika role in South Sudan peace mediation

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May 20, 2015 (JUBA) – Regional leaders of the Great Lakes region have rejected direct participation of troika countries (US, UK and Norway) in the mediation in the South Sudan peace process. They also rejected United Nations call for targeted sanctions and arms embargo on South Sudan.

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Presidents (from L) Salvar Kiir of South Sudan, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda stand during a photo opportunity before the start of the extraordinary summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Kampala September 5, 2013. (Reuters)

“No UN sanctions, whether targeted sanctions or arms embargo, be imposed on South Sudan, as these would be counter-productive and only serve to exacerbate the situation,” partly reads the 18 May communique.

This came in the recently concluded international conference convened by leaders of countries in the Great Lakes region, a regional grouping of 12 countries.

The leaders said troika countries should only play role of observer but should not directly involve in the peace process mediated by the East African regional bloc (IGAD).

Held in Luanda, Angola, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGL), attended by president Salva Kiir and a number of other South Sudanese officials, also said the South Sudanese leader was an elected head of state whose legitimacy should be respected.

The leaders recognize the sovereignty and legitimacy of the government of president Kiir and resolved to designate the armed opposition force led by former vice president, Riek Machar, as “negative forces.”

“We, heads of state and government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, affirm the sovereignty and legitimacy of the elected government of republic of South Sudan, and commended the government for continuing to seriously engage in the peace talks despite continued violation from SPLM-IO rebels,” it said.

The regional leaders did not mention the fact that president Kiir’s elected term in office will end on Thursday, 21 May.

Observers note that designation of the armed opposition faction as a negative force would mean the region could be forced to wage war against the rebels in support of the government as it happened in Congo with M23.

Critics however argued that this designation appeared to have been engineered by some regional powers, specifically the government of Uganda whose forces are fighting on the government side in South Sudan. This explains why the opposition forces have been portrayed as the main obstacle to implementing the peace agreement.

But others believe that the real reasons why the war has dragged on for so long lies in the intransigence of both sides to reach consensus and make compromises on fundamental matters.

Juba and Kampala appear to have not read that while the regime under president Salva Kiir continues to claim the legitimacy. Critics and observers from the international community, specifically those from troika countries, see his administration as only one of the several competing factions, obliged to negotiate on equal terms with other parties to the conflict.

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  • 21 May 2015 04:31, by dinkdong

    Why did they rejected the direct involvement of Troika countries in the peace mediation when they have failed? Now I believe people who think the regional countries have a hand in the war in South Sudan. Shame on them!

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    • 21 May 2015 06:17, by Mi diit

      The so-called regional leaders or Great Lakes whatever are happy that through a visionless, brainless Salva kiir, they will continue to ruin South Sudan and stop it from emerging as a stable, prosperous nation. They are jealous about South Sudan’s future under another visionary leader. This is the secret behind the brainless support to Kiir.

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      • 21 May 2015 08:17, by Kenyang

        Mi diit,
        Sure these bad news will not get you into hinding again. Yes more bad news is coming start with defeat from Melut. But no, they say birds of same kind flock together. Riek, a lazy, reckless, arrogant selfish aka traitor can’t fit in that group. Look at them again, all liberators not traitors.

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        • 22 May 2015 06:38, by bianaathling

          Mapel or Mapour,donot lie here what is bad news?all those leaders their forces were sent to S.Sudan to fight rebels in 2014 and rebels have known that before and manage to defeat them together with your missing teeth Dinka bor and Dinka Bar el gazel Forces.you will hear Naath just hold on.

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      • 21 May 2015 10:40, by Mapuor

        Midiit
        Regional leaders know what your fake PhD holder is after.Dr Riek is working for Jallaba and all African countries have discovered that.

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      • 21 May 2015 10:41, by Mapuor

        Midiit
        Regional leaders know what your fake PhD holder is after.Dr Riek is working for Jallaba and all African countries have discovered that.

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      • 21 May 2015 12:34, by Muorcienggok

        Miidit. We have to be realistic, Kiir is better than Riek, he might be having some weakness as any other being but what I like with him is that he is not traitor like Riek, he loves his country and peace loving. He issued a number of amnesties to your illiterate malitia generals but they abused it several times. Riek and his group stole billions of dollars and pounds.

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      • 21 May 2015 12:50, by Muorcienggok

        Cont! He wrote to them to return the money but they instead turned against him and plotted a coup and the nincompoops decided to follow them. it is a shame and unfortunate that Riek, who is the worst traitor and a sellout I have ever seen in this World is being flaterred to be visionary, he is an hyena and an embecile who went to UK and survived on craming to earn an hyena PhD. Wen kucbenyWek.

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    • 21 May 2015 11:07, by Mayom County Boy

      I welcome the Regional leaders decision for denying Troika not to mediate south Sudan peace
      this is a good decision .
      African leaders must united them selves sit and solve their own affairs instead of Troika .

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  • 21 May 2015 10:13, by marie

    The four dudes have a lot in common. All have changed the constitution of their countries to remain.

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  • 21 May 2015 16:16, by Kim Deng

    If the people of Mekel (Tigrayan) confronted Derg of Mengistu Hailemariam for at least 30 years, why not Mighty Nuer Warriors (MNW)? It’s better to be burned down to ashes rather than being called Dinka Kingdom.

    https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/usa-says-further-damage-south-sudan-oil-infrastructure-would-be-life-long-wound

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  • 21 May 2015 16:45, by Hardlinner

    Well nuer, what ground have you got to continue your baseless/negative war as alluded by regional governments. Africans leaders knows your traitors tendencies specially your rebels leader riek. Riek is deemed incapable to rule any country . can’t you get it. Kiir will go peacefully without need for war. I hate kiir but prefer him to riek.

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