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Thousands protest against IGAD’s peace proposal in Jonglei

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August 1, 2015 (BOR) - Thousands of people, comprising intellectuals, women and chiefs took to the streets of Bor, the Jonglei state capital on Saturday to protest against the recent Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) draft peace proposal.

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IGAD mediators and South Sudan’s negotiating teams at the signing of the ceasefire agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 23 January 2014 (Photo courtesy of IGAD/CEWARN)

Peace talks between South Sudan’s warring factions are expected to resume on 6 August in Ethiopia as mediators attempt a break through in negotiations.

In the draft proposal recently shared by the regional bloc, there is a suggestion of power between rebels, government, former political detainees and the other politcal parties, with the award of the position of first vice president to the rebel leader, Riek Machar.

However, majority of those who demonstrated argued that the proposed peace agreement meant giving out the national oil resource mainly within the Upper Nile region.

A strongly-worded petition was written to the IGAD peace negotiators. It was signed by youth representatives from the Bor, Duk and Twic counties plus their paramount chiefs.

The protest recalled the 1991 killing of Dinka Bor civilians when Machar defected from his then seat as the second in command of the armed struggle under late John Garang.

The protestors said they would not forgive those who committed crimes against humanity in 1991 and 2013.

“We have rejected the proposal of IGAD which maintain the position of first vice president to the rebel leader Riek Machar,” the petition read in part.

It also rejected surrendering of the Greater Upper Nile region to the armed opposition forces, stressing that this was likely to further escalate war in the oil-rich region.

“We reject the surrender of Upper Nile to hands of rebels, which mechanism was used by IGAD to give rebels this percentage” continued the petition, adding “That is why we rejected it at all; a government should not be based on tribes”.

They referred to the creation of two separate armies in one country and demilitarisation of Juba by foreign troops as an act of re-colonisation and abuse of a sovereign nation.

“We cannot accept that as citizens of this country, because south Sudan is an independent state with its sovereignty guide by constitution,” noted the petition.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly 2 million displaced in South Sudan’s worst outbreak of violence since it broke away from neighboring Sudan in 2011.

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  • 2 August 2015 09:28, by thomas

    "South Sudan is an independent state with its sovereignty guide by constitution,”

    Hahaha, since when? Kiir breaks it every morning. His links with ABMC. What’s Matur Choat still doing around? How is Malong having a political position plus a military one? Was creating Mathiang Anyoor constitutional? Et cetera, ad infinitum.

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    • 2 August 2015 10:15, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Many many many thanks Jonglei citizen for ur wisely concerned decision. We need no more rebellion after Riak’s ones. We also stand firm behind it by all means. IGAD is just extending its contracts.

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  • 2 August 2015 14:02, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Thanks for Jonglei People.

    if that 53% was meant to nuer in rebel by igad, then Dinka People of Greater Upper Nile(GUN)will not accept that comprise even if sun fall from the sky. how many counties controlled by rebel in GUN in order to be given that %, how did igad came up with that power sharing. or riek fooled them that oil in GUN is in nuer land. Dinka counties in GUN will not compromise that

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  • 2 August 2015 14:18, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Dinka counties in Greater Upper Nile:

    Jonglei State:

    1-Bor County
    2-Duk Count
    3-Twice East County
    4-Pigi County

    Upper Nile State:

    1-Maluth County
    2-Renk County
    3-Baliet County
    4-Akoka County
    5-Malakal County

    Unity State:

    1-Pariang County
    2-Abiemnom County
    Truth must be said, 99% oil fields fall in Dinka Counties Land of Pariang,Abienom and Maluth/Paloch;though is national resources

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  • 2 August 2015 14:28, by Padiet Deng Alony

    if igad is fooled by riek that the oil is in nuer land and he deserve that 53%, then igad have no idea about South Sudan states and Counties. this also forced HE Kiir Mayardit to make it clear during Martyrs day that all oil fields fall in Dinka Counties in Greater Upper Nile in contrast to riek propaganda that all oil field found in nuer land.Say the truth and the truth will liberate you.

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    • 2 August 2015 17:19, by Ito

      Today I have come to conclusion that Dinka have no common sense and lacks reasoning capacity. How can you talk of power sharing in uppernile as alot when you have not even given equatorians who hate your government even a percent. Power sharing must extend to equatoria and bar el gazal if peace is to come otherwise, separation into three independent states. Thank you

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