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S. Sudanese rebel leader meets Kenyan president in Nairobi

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June 22, 2015 (NAIROBI) – South Sudan’s former vice-president, turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, has arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and held talks with president Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House on Monday.

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South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar (L) gives a joint press statement with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in the capital, Nairobi, on 30 May 2014 (ST)

The leader of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), according to his officials, arrived in Nairobi on Saturday from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he also held talks with a number of African and world leaders on the sidelines of the last week’s African Union’s summit of heads of state and government.

“He arrived in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday. On Monday he met with president Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya. The discussions centred on the South Sudan’s peace process and how best to achieve it,” Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune when contacted on Monday evening.

President Kenyatta is the rapporteur in the East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is chaired by the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn.

Dak said the top armed opposition leader on Monday also had consultative meetings with senior officials of the movement in Nairobi on issues of concern in promoting the peace process.

Back in Johannesburg, he said the armed opposition leader had fruitful engagement with African leaders, adding that he also distributed to the African Union’s heads of state and government the movement’s position paper on the peace process.

The rebel leader’s spokesman added that their movement was committed to the IGAD-led peace process that would now involve a number of countries and bodies beyond the African continent.

He also said there was need to address the root causes of the conflict in order to achieve a negotiated meaningful peace agreement that will ensure no future return to similar differences and crisis in the country.

(ST)

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  • 23 June 2015 07:08, by Lorolokin

    Machar,

    South Sudan is too young to be killed as you guys are doing enough is enough and come back home lets build it instead of destroying.
    There is no peace from outside,peace is within if you and Mayardit sit together. President Kiir is a peace lover but the problem is those surrounding hynas near him including information minister are the problem.
    We are tire of War ????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 23 June 2015 07:28, by Mi diit

      Lorolokin,

      Are you serious or just tired? Salva Kiir will never bring peace and development. He wasted 10 years as president doing almost nothing to develop the country. He refused peaceful reforms and transformation of party and government. He instead started the war to chase away his political opponents. Even if Dr. Machar and the rest go back to Juba, Kiir will again refuse democratic changes.

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      • 23 June 2015 07:31, by Mi diit

        Talking to Kiir in Juba will not bring peace. The best approach is to first reach a comprehensive peace agreement in Addis Ababa and people go back to Juba only to implement it, and not to beg Salva Kiir to accept reforms and democratic processes. He will never accept them in Juba. He only thinks that Pagan Amum and the rest of former detainees are simply surrendering to his authority.

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        • 23 June 2015 11:11, by Frak Cho

          Mi diit, patience pays! The SPLM-Juba and SPLM-IO/rebels are just all the same. Some people are rigid to the truth. Hate comments or speeches will never add South Sudanese any positive thing but more hatred. Finger pointing is what other people are good at. It’s a pity!!

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        • 23 June 2015 12:28, by Lorolokin

          Mi diit,

          Don’t you know that those who are dying in the bushes of South Sudan are the South Sudanese populace and not Machar family nor Mayardit family, how do you rate it? we need peace seriously Bro.
          Kinkak.

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          • 23 June 2015 14:59, by Lango2010

            midiit or mitoot
            you hatred will never again a single step to bring peace to South Sudan, it true that most South Sudanese are dying for no cost at all. and peace will not be achieved from outside but within. Pagan and is group has chosen a rightful decision than machar, but still they too, may be welcome if the give up the rebellion. Kiir and Riak are not the problem to us but your likes.

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            • 23 June 2015 15:04, by Lango2010

              because of your negative hateful comments, the war will last longer and more lives will perish, and the nation will regret at the end. impatiences of riak has destroyed is political reputation, and many innocence blood will follow him to the end, what do you have at mind that can united us not what can divide us?

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  • 23 June 2015 17:22, by Kim Deng

    Dr. Riek,

    The MNW need war equipment to defend the Nuer Nation (Greater Upper Nile) from these coward Jaang and their allies not roaming around the world with those useless talking/peace talks. You should know more than that.

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