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May 24, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The East African regional bloc of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) requested Sudan’s president Omer al-Bashir to facilitate the ongoing efforts to end the inter-South Sudanese conflict.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, (R) welcomes his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Hassan al-Bashir outside his oresidential office in Juba on 12 April 2013 (Reuters)

Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti disclosed Sunday that the Sudanese government accepted a demand by the regional body asking Bashir to be more involved in its efforts to bring peace in South Sudan as it prepares to launch a new mediation mechanism.

Karti who was speaking to reporters at Khartoum airport following a one-day visit by president Bashir to Qatar further said that the European Union and Norway asked to meet President Bashir for talks on the South Sudanese conflict.

The Sudanese top diplomat said Khartoum accepted the IGAD demand and vowed to undertake efforts in this respect after the swearing-in ceremony scheduled for June 2nd.

He also indicated that the European delegation will meet Bashir after this ceremony.

Sudan and Kenya are members of an IGAD mediation led by the Ethiopian envoy Seyoum Mesfin. However, Khartoum has kept a low profile fearing to be accused of interference in the South Sudanese affairs.

Following the collapse of the last round of talks in March 2015, IGAD decided to involve African Union, EU, UN Security Council and Troika countries in the mediation process which is labelled IGAD-Plus.

At the end of April Mesfin announced that Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa will be engaged in the peace process representing north, central, western, eastern and southern African regions, respectively.

Juba recently accused Khartoum of supporting the rebel SPLM-in-Opposition led by the former vice-president Riek Machar but the Sudanese government swiftly denied the accusation.

Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Ali al-Sadiq on Sunday vowed that his country would exert the necessary efforts to prevent further deterioration of the security situation in South Sudan, pointing it would help stop flow of new refugees.

"The stability of the South means stability of the situation in the North. It also means reducing the flow of southerners refugees and prevents any security threat to the country’s border with the South" he said.

Sadiq further stressed that his country has no interest to intervene militarily in South Sudan. But he expressed the readiness of his government to evacuate Sudanese from the neighbouring country if the security situation continue to worsen.

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  • 25 May 2015 04:07, by Akol Liai Mager

    Asking Fugitive Bashir to facilitate a Resolution on S. Sudan’s conflict is just asking a Lion to facilitate Animals’ conflict. The call comes a surprise even to Fugitive himself. The question is, will the lion be fair and peaceful enough to host antelopes’ peace in his home? Bashir has taken six South Sudan’s territories by force and would like to see South Sudan drawn in the Sea of Violence.

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    • 25 May 2015 05:32, by Ahmed Chol

      Europe exports mess!

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      • 25 May 2015 05:46, by Mi diit

        Wow! Very interesting. Back to the basics.

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    • 25 May 2015 07:39, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Bashir, is like Riek Machar, for the South Sudan government.
      Yes, correct, Bashir, will be receive as enemy number one.

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  • 25 May 2015 04:19, by lino

    Hahaaaa! We told you boys and girls that Bashir of Sudan hijacked SPLM who governs South Sudan since July, 2013.
    Now Bashir has become the superior ruler of South Sudan!!!

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  • 25 May 2015 04:57, by Uncle J

    Asking Umar Bashiiiit to facilitate for peace is more like asking the rapist man to guard the ladies cell. I think IGAD is not serous about bringing peace to South Sudan. Bashir is a man of interest most wanted by ICC how could IGAD give him that responsibility????

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  • 25 May 2015 05:49, by Dengda

    Well! the question is who are going to blame, others who involved whether fairly or unfairly or our who fail to handle our brotherhood conflict? Bashir dream is coming to be true that South Sudanese are not capable of governing themselves! what they know is sound of gun. Kiir already slept on wheel and not family conflict invites unwanted neighbours. He should take courage and take leader role!

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  • 25 May 2015 06:37, by Kenyang

    National islamic Front directly bombs South Sudan, harbors and supply Riek rebels. They are direct party to going conflict. How can they be neutral? NiF occupies South Sudanese territories and technically at war with South Sudan. Juba should suggest President Museveni of Uganda do mediation.

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    • 25 May 2015 17:45, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Bashire will agree to stop supporting militias as he is now aware of power of the lion king. SPLA mission will be over soon as rebels who refuse to receive their death certificates are running for their dear lives. They abandoned Malakal for the fear of total annihilation. SPLA took for free, next will be Akobo and we call this rebellion a gone case.

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  • 25 May 2015 06:50, by Kumbo

    Mii diit I like the way you comments each and every time I read your comments it makes sense
    yes we are back to square one again due to this South Sudan barbaric Government which tribal and useless Dinka is governing shame to all Dinkas

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    • 25 May 2015 07:22, by Uncle J

      But Dinka are not so blind like Nuer people who claim they are fighting for freedom as if Dinka are invaders from different country. There will be no peace at all if Riek ousted Salva Kiir militarily of which I believe it will never happen even when Ngundeng resurrect with his demonic powers.

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  • 25 May 2015 06:53, by Kumbo

    Mii diit I like the way you comments each and every time I read your comments it makes sense
    yes we are back to square one again due to this South Sudan barbaric Government which tribal and useless Dinka is governing shame to all Dinkas

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    • 25 May 2015 06:58, by Mi diit

      You are welcome brother Kumbo. This incompetent tribal leadership of Nyankiir misguided by criminal dictator Museveni of Uganda has brought irreversible mess to our country. He advised Kiir to become dictator like him. He advised Kiir to fight his political opponents. He promised military support. Now the war has taken over one year, no victory, rebels remain in tact. President Bashir is back!!!

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      • 25 May 2015 07:36, by Rommel

        Mi diit:

        Bashir will not be ’mediating’, under any circumstances. This laughable proposal will be rejected, for obvious reasons. Your master is already involved in another capacity — supplying the rebels, and so he cannot involve himself in a mediation capacity.

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        • 25 May 2015 08:21, by Mi diit

          Rommel,

          You are like a dog that barks at innocent person. Where did I approve of president Bashir’s mediation in my comments? As usual, you have Mi diit-phobia.

          But your master Museveni is the one responsible for the mess. Look he shamefully takes care of your corrupt leaders in Juba (airport) and Bor town. Shame on you people.

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          • 25 May 2015 09:04, by Rommel

            Mi diit:

            You are not innocent, and I didn’t ’bark’ at you. I merely stated the facts... Bashir was your master. How can I have a phobia toward something that I routinely destroy in arguments? Museveni is not my master. His involvement in this conflict is illegitimate, and I would love for his forces to withdraw. He is here to defend Salva Kiir — someone he can control...

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            • 25 May 2015 09:24, by Rommel

              Salva Kiir is a weak, myopic, caterwauling fool. He has managed to alienate the vast majority of the Dinka tribe, relying primarily on one clan from his father’s side in Gogrial and another clan from his mother’s side Aweil. He has shamefully augmented this small force by involving the Ugandans as yet another layer to defend his fragile and pathetic excuse of a ’Presidency’.

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              • 25 May 2015 09:26, by Rommel

                People think they’re fighting the Dinka in this war. That’s not the case. They’re fighting select clans from only two [2] of the fifteen [15] Dinka sections. I want Salva Kiir to leave, immediately, but he cannot be replaced by a *traitor* like Riek. I despise Salva Kiir for the shameful alliance that he has made with Uganda. There is no justifying this terribly dishonorable alliance.

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          • 25 May 2015 13:34, by Mayom County Boy

            South Sudan government rejected bashir to mediation talk between government and rebel of riek machar
            Rommel don,t waste your important time because of argument with Mi diit about mediation of south Sudan peace talk
            as we are south sudanese citizens together with our government we rejected Bashir not to mediate our peace with rebellion of reik machar with is group .

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            • 25 May 2015 16:54, by Rommel

              Mayom County Boy:

              Bashir will not be getting involved. IGAD and the Troika have lost their minds for even suggesting it. I want Salva Kiir and Riek to leave the people of South Sudan to their own devices. I really do hate these two ’men’. For how much longer are we going to be fatigued by men in military fatigues?

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        • 25 May 2015 08:25, by Eastern

          Rommel,

          There can never be a single proposal that could be acceptable to both belligerents. The economy is crumbling or has crumbled, famine is looming, there are defections here and there. SPLA-Riek won’t accept Museveni and SPLA-Kiir see Bashir as another enemy. With this intresigent attitudes, South Sudan would continue to remain at war.

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          • 25 May 2015 09:53, by Rommel

            Eastern:

            You are absolutely right, neither side will accept the involvement of their respective enemies in a ’mediating’ role. I’m surprised that this issue has been raised. Salva Kiir should show some leadership and resign, and in his wake, a Bill should be written prohibiting the political participation of people guilty of having committed human rights violations at any point in their lives..

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            • 25 May 2015 09:55, by Rommel

              If Salva Kiir truly loves this country more than he loves being in control of it... he would resign immediately — to salvage any vestige of respectability that he may have, and *maybe* [just maybe], leave behind a *legacy* that isn’t entirely farcical. This ’country’ is in desperate need of deep, comprehensive and far-reaching political, social and economic reforms...

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              • 25 May 2015 10:05, by Rommel

                ..Permanently excluding Salva and Riek [and anybody else] guilty of human rights violations from the political environment would undoubtedly be met with widespread support domestically, regionally and internationally. If I was Salva Kiir, I would hand by self over to the ICJ and allow them to determine whether or not I ordered the mass killings of civilians on a tribal basis...

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                • 25 May 2015 10:15, by Rommel

                  ..And allow them to determine as to what degree I am ultimately culpable. This noble act would salvage what little remains of his legacy, and it would allow our people some respite and the opportunity to heal. Tens of thousands of people have died [and more will die], millions have been displaced, are hungry and suffering... and Salva Kiir can end it all.

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                  • 25 May 2015 12:45, by Eastern

                    Rommel,

                    I couldn’t agree more; moving forward, we need sober headed persons with solid leadership who’s able to bring the masses together. Such an individual (s) should be able to look at South Sudanese not through tribal lenses, that way we can have peace and a stable country.

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                    • 25 May 2015 16:14, by Rommel

                      Eastern:

                      Why is it that we understand what is required while people in their 60s do not? The thieves in Juba don’t want transparency, accountability, economic development and the development of a national identity. A national identity would make it exceedingly more difficult for them to divide and rule.

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  • 25 May 2015 11:45, by Mapuor

    Midiit
    The government has already defeated you Nyagats and its implementing all its programs. You are the losers, you lost jobs, land for farming etc. You have destroyed your towns and villages. You displace your people in thousands. Is Dr Riek quest for leadership worth it.Can you sell a plane and order to buy a bicycle. Tribal tugs will never rule this country come what may.

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  • 25 May 2015 11:49, by Thyinka

    Rommel, I like the fact that you like to base your arguments on facts. However, asking Salva Kiir and Riek to be excluded from political life of South Sudan under the current circumstances is more idealistic than realistic. I don’t see conditions on the ground that would lead one to such conclusion. In an ideal world, the forces of Riek and those of Kiir would arrest them and tell them...contd

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  • 25 May 2015 11:58, by Thyinka

    ...Tell Riek and Kiir that you are destroying the country and we need new leadership. Both leaders are the cats in their territories and the multi-billion dollar question that is destroying South Sudan is who will bell the cat? Any attempt to criticize the status quo will be interpreted as rebellion.The only hope for ordinary South Sudanese is for these two leaders to make peace so that...

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  • 25 May 2015 12:06, by Thyinka

    ...so that ordinary South Sudanese can continue to live their lives in quiet desperation albeit in peace while the leaders continue to loot the country’s resources as they have been doing for the last 10 years instead of visiting untold suffering on poor South Sudanese and using them as pawns in their war games and quests for political power.

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    • 25 May 2015 16:35, by Rommel

      Thyinka:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words. You have pretty much summed up the entire scope of the tragedy that we’re in. I agree that what I outlined was pure idealism; I’m under no illusions... I understand that the scenario I presented will not materialize. Our people have endured the effects of corruption, nepotism and incompetence for years, but this war is too much to bear.

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  • 25 May 2015 17:28, by Thyinka

    Thank you brother Rommel for your reply. We don’t need to blindly support our current crop of leaders because of their tribes. You call out those who blindly support Riek as a potential replacement for Kiir by highlighting his dark past and express Kiir’s weakness where necessary. I know you are an intelligent guy and your opinions are well considered but I don’t agree with you on everything.

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  • 25 May 2015 17:43, by Thyinka

    For example, the presence of Ugandan troops must have been necessary during the initial days of the rebellion when the rebels had momentum and threatened to overrun Juba but whether their continued presence is necessary is still out there. I appreciate your views and I encourage you to continue to espouse them. They say dreams come true. So while we commiserate about how things will never change

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  • 25 May 2015 18:00, by Thyinka

    ...we still need a vision for the ideal situation in our country as you put it. In fact, what you proposed came up at some point in the mediation as I followed the news but it died because of the practicalities of implementing it. What we do here may be termed as internet chatter and may not change anything on the ground but it should not stop us from expressing ourselves. Peace.

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  • 25 May 2015 21:11, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    African Union encourage Arab to infiltrated Africa and through south Sudan gain. Impossible this time for Afo-Arab mercenaries to come south in this days. Their is numbered to be kick out of Africa. fool African Union leaders. Go hell this time if any one attempt come to south Sudan.
    Good luck those asking Bashir evil Arab.
    Long Live Africa
    Long live SPLA
    Long live Mighty Nile River.
    Kuc Land

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