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September 14, 2015 (NEW YORK) – South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir will not lead government’s delegation to the summit of heads of state and government at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, raising speculations that he could be fearing to leave Juba because of anti-peace elements in his government.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir gestures before addressing the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 27, 2014 (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

His vice president, James Wani Igga, will instead attend the summit, according to foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

Top leaders of the two warring parties have been invited by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, to a summit on South Sudan by world leaders aimed to galvanize international support to the full implementation of the peace agreement signed in August by President Kiir and former vice president, Riek Machar, to end the 20-month long civil war in their country.

South Sudan’s armed opposition faction under the leadership of the designated first vice president, Riek Machar, on Sunday announced their top leader received an official invitation from the UN secretary general and that Machar will lead a high-level delegation of the opposition to the summit in New York scheduled for 29 September.

But the government said president Kiir will not travel to New York and instead delegated his deputy, Igga, to attend the first world summit on South Sudan after the signing of the peace deal.

It is not yet clear what prevented the South Sudanese president from attending such an important high profile gathering of the world’s heads of state and government.

Speculations point to his alleged fear of absence from the national capital, Juba, as anti-peace senior political and military officials may take the opportunity to derail the peace deal or cause havoc in the government, while others say he might have felt embarrassed and disrespected over his previous reluctance to sign the peace agreement, which he only did 9 days after his rival Machar did sign it.

President Kiir also failed to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to sign the agreement and rather opted that the document be brought to Juba by IGAD mediation for the same alleged fear that elements in the army opposed to the agreement could topple him in his absence.

However, foreign minister Marial appealed to the world body to recognize efforts of president Kiir in bringing peace to the war-ravaged nation even if he will not be there in person in New York to express himself.

“The international community, especially the United Nations, should really recognize the effort that the President of the republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir is doing with regards to bringing peace to his country,” he told VOA on Monday.

“I think the United Nations as such forums will understand the positions of South Sudan that they do care for their people, that they are a part of the family of nations…and that they are willing to listen to their people and to their friends…In such forums, always it is important so that they will have the patience to listen to our story,” he added.

Marial lamented that he hoped the UN summit by the heads of state and government will only discuss “positive” things and not about “punishment and negativity.”

President Kiir under heavy international pressure of threats of sanctions and isolation finally on 26 August signed the peace agreement reluctantly with reservations. His rival, Machar, was praised as peace maker for inking the deal at the peace talks’ venue in Addis Ababa, exactly on the proposed 17 August deadline, 9 days before his rival.

South Sudanese civil society organizations and eminent personalities together with IGAD regional leaders and international partners also signed the agreement on 17 August together with Machar.

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  • 15 September 2015 04:16, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    Yes, Mr. VP James Wani is welcome to represent RSS at the UN Summit not b’se of what enemies of peace claim, but for collective participation to achieve a lasting peace.

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    • 15 September 2015 05:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Why people or rebels group’s are happy when president is not able to attend UN meeting?
      Please, rebels, president has invited but he gave a chance to his deputy president Igga, to lead the government delegation for the New York meeting not the language that, the president had not invited.
      Kiirdit, has told UN SG to invite Riek, to attend the meeting to learn how peace should be around

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      • 15 September 2015 06:50, by Mi diit

        This is very serious for a so-called HEAD OF STATE of South Sudan to absent himself from this VERY important world summit of heads of state and especially on his COUNTRY.

        Kiir must have been grounded by Malong Awan and fears him to death.

        Juba is sitting on a time bomb and with a failed leadership!

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  • 15 September 2015 06:41, by Edema Darius Marcello

    Dear Comrades,

    It is head of states UN summit not vice president summit.
    It appears there is high degree of fear and incompetency in representing South Sudan by care taker President Salva Kiir.

    Your Excellency, James Wani Iga, thanks for being trust worthy for the summit but be prepared for tough questions and debate. Do not refer issues or questions to secretary not to embarrassed South Sudan.

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  • 15 September 2015 06:44, by Eastern

    Wow! The ant peace elements within Kiir’s government are becoming more real. Kiir please stick around in Juba to protect part of your seat in J1. Remember Malong, Makuei and some members of the JCE!

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    • 15 September 2015 07:20, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Is Machar going to New York as head of what state? I wonder what the mayor of Addis going to do there!!

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      • 15 September 2015 07:38, by Eastern

        Get used to the fact that Dr Macher is a co-president of South Sudan! Is there a provision for the position of First Vice President in your dump current transitional constitution? Through the just signed agreement, king Kiir has ceded some powers to Macher, get used to this!

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        • 15 September 2015 09:32, by Khent

          You are overstating the powers and clout that Riek will exercise during the interim period, Eastern. The Agreement does not afford him a great deal of power. Out of the 400 legislators that South Sudan will now have as a consequence of this Agreement, only 50 will be from Riek’s camp...

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          • 15 September 2015 09:42, by Khent

            ..And in the event of a deadlock with regards to the exercise of Executive power, the matter shall be put to the council of ministers which will require a two-thirds majority, in which the government already constitutes 53%. The government only needs to convince the former detainees [7%] and other political parties [7%]. Riek will not be needed...

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            • 15 September 2015 09:54, by Khent

              ..Which means that Riek will need the cooperation of the government but the government will not need him in the event of a deadlock. This is why Riek wanted the percentages that IGAD parceled out to both sides to be in reverse and why he wanted to be the President in the interim period. That traitor will never be allowed to exercise too much power.

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              • 15 September 2015 10:08, by Eastern

                Khent,

                You are insinuating that the former detainees and other political parties can are sympathetic to king Kiir. You are even convinced that within the 400 MPs, all are proKiir. You will be rudely awoken. Let the implementation of the signed accord begin then we shall see surprises.

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                • 15 September 2015 10:23, by Khent

                  I’m not insinuating anything, I’m being incredibly forthright with you. Riek will not be as powerful as you seem to want to believe. The government will have 332 legislators out of the 400 and the rest will have 68. Salva Kiir is a death-deserving idiot - he is no king; the man started an unnecessary and terribly costly war.

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  • 15 September 2015 08:10, by Mike Mike

    If I were the President of SS i could have not afraid in travelling to attend that UN General Assembly summit becoz of the opposition within the gov’t. He has to go and if the do conspiracy during his absent then international world community can do intervention and that will be a high chance of getting ride of them from the gov’t. James Igga may not allow that to take place.

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  • 15 September 2015 08:39, by Mapuor

    Vice president Wani Igga will represent the government. That is logical since Dr Nyagat Macar is attending as rebel leader. President Kiir is not of a Nyagat calibre.Aluta continua.

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    • 15 September 2015 10:23, by Eastern

      Mapuor,

      True, Kiir is not of Dr Macher’s calibre, he’s of very low intellect. The level of presentations and articulating issues at level in New York is way beyond Kiir thanks to Garang having kept him under wraps for all the years of ’liberation’ struggle. Wani will suffer another thorough ’pat down’ on arrival in New York. His team suffered the same last time!

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      • 15 September 2015 10:52, by Khent

        Oh please, Riek is not intelligent. The man is an absolute imbecile; this is the only thing that could possibly explain why he committed the folly of being so desperately reliant upon Khartoum’s supplies, weapons, ammunition and logistical support and seemed surprised when Khartoum completely rescinded on their commitment to his pathetic agreement with them...

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        • 15 September 2015 11:28, by Eastern

          Ok Khent, why is an absolute imbecile invited to attend a UN summit meeting at the UN headquarters? Prove to the forum beyond reasonable doubt that Dr Riek really wanted to wage war but was frustrated by lack of military logistics. Short of that, yours remain a mare speculation. The perceived 300 plus ’government MPs’ shouldn’t be something Kiir can bank on; the 20 months conflict changed people.

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          • 15 September 2015 11:44, by Khent

            Because that imbecile is the leader of an armed group in a conflict that the UN ostensibly wants to end and they would like to discuss the progress of the peace talks with him. You seem to think that anyone that is invited to meetings at the UN is automatically recognized as intelligent and wise. You do realise that all and sundry [dictators and such] have spoken at the UN?

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            • 15 September 2015 11:53, by Khent

              Where have I argued that Riek wanted to continue to wage this war if only he hadn’t been hamstrung by a lack of logistics? You seem to have misred my post; in response to what seemed to have been an attempt by you to elevate Riek’s ’intelligence’, I responded by mentioning that he’s an imbecile precisely because he signed an incredibly flawed peace agreement with Khartoum [KPA]...

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              • 15 September 2015 12:00, by Khent

                ..When he was terribly dependent on them for weapons, ammunition and logistical support. Only an imbecile would rely upon the grace of a political unit that he apparently wished to distance himself from. You cannot seek independence from someone when you’re wholly reliant upon them for every nail, every litre of oil, every platform, every box of ammunition and their logistical support.

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                • 15 September 2015 12:10, by Khent

                  Having a crack infested heap for a brain, Riek thought that Khartoum would take him more seriously the more dependent he became. Riek admitted that he got cheated when Khartoum completely tore up his pathetic agreement. But he didn’t get cheated, he’s just an idiot. Khartoum even used Matip to force Riek out of his home State despite the agreement he signed with them. He’s beyond retarded.

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              • 15 September 2015 12:04, by Eastern

                How does Khartoum come in the mess shrouding South Sudan which is entirely self inflicted by those who claim to have liberated South Sudanese from bondage in their own country. KPA has been overtaken by events (CPA, independence, etc). Why are you stuck on issues where Garang basically pushed Riek, Lam Akol, et al to react. The 1991 split gave SPLA/M a new direction and a new lease of life.....

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                • 15 September 2015 12:14, by Khent

                  You argued that Riek was intelligent and so I responded by providing examples of his complete stupidity. Nobody was forced to do anything. Riek and Lam decided to ally themselves with Khartoum and helped it to acquire control of the oilfields, which enabled Khartoum to purchase billions of dollars in weaponry that were unleashed upon the South to devastating affect...

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                  • 15 September 2015 12:20, by Khent

                    ..Far from strengthening the movement, their actions almost resulted in the complete defeat of the SPLM. We were pushed to the border with Uganda. It was only through great sacrifice and rivers of blood that we recovered from a nearly fatal wound. You [like most of Riek’s supporters] have no understanding of history and instead resign yourselves to believing in fairy-tales...

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                    • 15 September 2015 12:24, by Khent

                      ..One of which argues that Riek introduced self-determination in the SPLM, despite the fact that Dr. John Garang mentioned the importance of self-determination as far back as 1972. In a letter sent to Joseph Lagu in 1972, Dr. John Garang makes the point "that a region retains the right to secede from the federation if its interests are not adequately served by the federation."

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                      • 15 September 2015 12:26, by Khent

                        Furthermore, he said:

                        "It must be clear to Southerners that the retention of the right to secede from such a federation must be guaranteed by the federal constitution and by the existence of a physical Southern Armed Forces.

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                        • 15 September 2015 12:28, by Khent

                          Dr. John Garang understood that the people of South Sudan wanted to secede, but he also understood that ’international’ political and military support for an explicitly secessionist movement would not have been forthcoming, and more importantly, it would have completely alienated the people of the Nuba mountains and Blue Nile...

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                          • 15 September 2015 12:29, by Khent

                            .. And it would have deprived us of a means of putting pressure to bear on Khartoum in the North. Anyone who thinks that Dr. John Garang wanted to deny us the right to self-determination need only refer to his letter to Gen. Joseph Lagu. In this letter, Garang wanted to accord the right to self-determination to any region in Sudan that felt that secession would serve its interests.

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                  • 15 September 2015 12:27, by Eastern

                    With all the arsenal at its disposal thanks to the inflow of the petrodollar, there was always going to be Pyrrhic victories for Khartoum: SPLA was not going to be annihilated and the war was going to drag on. Wise men in the persons of Dr Riek, Lam and others told Garang to change course....SPLM-N is a living testimony of what Riek and Co averted!

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                    • 15 September 2015 12:34, by Khent

                      You’re not even pretending to engage me with anything of substance. In your mind’s eye allying with Khartoum was a bloody good idea; enabling Khartoum to acquire billions of dollars in weaponry was also another great idea. Riek did not convince Dr. John Garang to change course, because Garang already knew that there was a place for self-determination as far back as 1972...

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                      • 15 September 2015 12:35, by Khent

                        How many times must I inform you all that historians have affirmed, that under Dr. John Garang, the independence option was there before the Nasir declaration. You don’t like the truth and prefer to make up reasons for believing in nonsense, so you continuously pretend not to understand a word I say.

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                        • 15 September 2015 12:36, by Khent

                          On the 29th of July [one month prior to the Nasir Declaration] the SPLM/A informed the Sudanese government that Self-Determination was to be discussed for the Abuja agenda. This is confirmed by the works of scholars such as Ann Lesch.

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                          • 15 September 2015 12:36, by Khent

                            .."the independence option was therefore included in the still-united SPLM’s proposal for the Abuja agenda that was submitted to Nigerian and Sudanese government on 29th July 1991". (The Battle for Peace in Sudan: An Analysis of Abuja Conferences 1992–1993’, Ann Lesch)

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                            • 15 September 2015 12:43, by Khent

                              Here’s another gem.

                              The government benefited substantially from the split inside the SPLA. The government had encouraged the split by sending false signals that it might let the South secede. (Sudan-Contested identities, Ann Lesch)

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                              • 15 September 2015 12:43, by Khent

                                Once the split occurred, the government developed a four-prong strategy that encouraged Riek machar to fight the SPLA. It backed away from offering independence, mounted large scale offences against Garang’s forces and used the disintegration of the SPLA to facilitate its repression of the African people in Southern Kordofan, Darfur and Southern Blue Nile. (Sudan-Contested identities)

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                                • 15 September 2015 12:45, by Khent

                                  Dr. John Garang made it very clear that autonomy or independence couldn’t be "guaranteed by a few phrases scribbled on some sheets of paper stapled and bound together and christened “The Constitution”." Dr. John Garang wrote that in 1972, in a letter to Joseph Lagu, warning that the Addis Ababa Agreement would be dishonored in its entirety if the South didn’t have a truly independent army.

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                                  • 15 September 2015 12:52, by Khent

                                    Citing Dr. John Garang

                                    Self-determination is not given, one determines his future, we do have self-determination in the areas we have control, and if you believe that the Khartoum government has given you self-determination, then go back and ask Khartoum to withdraw its troops from the three capital cities of South Sudan–Juba, Malakal and Wau–and I (Garang) promise that I will not attack you..

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                                    • 15 September 2015 12:53, by Khent

                                      Your claim of self-determination of the South Sudan while in Khartoum means that you have surrendered. I also believe that when the people of South Sudan are given an opportunity to vote in the referendum, they will vote almost 100% for independence.

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                                      • 15 September 2015 12:57, by Khent

                                        Did you read that, Eastern? Dr. John Garang knew that Riek’s pathetic agreement with Khartoum was a mirage and a cruel hoax, and he challenged Riek to demonstrate that Khartoum was sincere with regards to self-determination by having Khartoum withdraw its forces from Juba, Malakal and Wau... but Riek couldn’t even get Khartoum to withdraw from Bentiu - the capital of his home State...

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                                        • 15 September 2015 13:07, by Khent

                                          ..In fact not only did Khartoum not withdraw from Bentiu, they expelled Riek and his forces out of Bentiu and Unity State in general. That is how incredibly stupid Riek is. This man is wise in your eyes? The man is an idiot. I know toddlers smarter than him. He may be regarded as ’intelligent’ by some people in Sudan because Sudanese [North & South] are mostly idiots. It pains me to say that.

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        • 15 September 2015 12:47, by Hardlinner

          Khent, it would take Riek one hour to read half a page. only idiots like rebels will priced riek ability. the guy lack communication skills.

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          • 15 September 2015 13:11, by Khent

            That’s right, Hardlinner, Riek is an absent minded fool. He completely lacks critical thinking and has no strategic depth. People mistaken book smarts for actual intelligence. They’re not virtual synonyms. Riek is a traitor and nothing more.

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  • 15 September 2015 10:30, by Redeemer

    You gays who commanded above are suffering from what to do, try your best to watch this summit, you will find our that despite being dedicated to Head of States there are may representatives, Riek happens to be the first for South Sudan in 2011 Wani also made one. There is no need to teach you but learn for yourself don’t allow egoism to drive you

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  • 15 September 2015 11:42, by Big Head

    We have all witness the killing, displacement and destruction of our properties
    After all the killings, displacement of innocent people, destruction of their household, it is right time to leave our self-ego and build the country. One might wonder why killings our themselves after fighting the war of identity (independent) but the answer is clear…power and greed plus corruption and self-ego.

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    • 15 September 2015 13:01, by Hardlinner

      Big head, you are damn right. only if none of forces backing either kiir or riek had said no to fighting, this tragic war wouldn’t have taken place.

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  • 15 September 2015 12:08, by American Missile.

    President have right to send his VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN.

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  • 15 September 2015 13:50, by Moses Kuocgoor

    Mr.Khent, you are a rising star. Everything you explained here is what earned us South Sudan nation. Some people don’t understand it because they are controlled by their own fairy tales. Thank you for your intellect gentleman.

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    • 15 September 2015 14:13, by Khent

      Thank you, Moses Kuocgoor. Those are very kind words, brother. I really do appreciate them. Some people just don’t want to learn and would rather remain in denial. I came across a wonderful quote that says that people should find comfort in truth not truth in comfort.

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      • 15 September 2015 17:10, by Awei-ngok

        Dear Dr. Khent,
        I see in you another personality of Rommel, one commentator here who has always been so positive on our history like you (Khent). Keep up the spirit. I advise you to write a book titled: Dr. John Garang De Mabior, a true separatist in camouflaged form. And detail it the way you have just done it to these short-sighted Riek’s supporters. Their silence now means you have defeated the

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        • 15 September 2015 17:28, by Awei-ngok

          ........their silence now means you have defeated them. I meant. However, we are blessed as South Sudanese to have such people of high intellectual capabilities like you and Rommel who have always devoted your times to clearly explain what really went wrong with our history in relation to local bad actors like Dr. Riek Machar and Dr. Lam Akol etc.

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          • 15 September 2015 18:01, by Eastern

            Contrary to your naivety, the silence response given this ever-face-changing fellow who first appeared under the Nom de Guerre Rommel, later Clausewitz and now Khent is to allow him continue with the well cherographed rant. The history of South Sudan that some of us know and witnessed unfolding cannot be distorted verbosity; that’s playing to the gallery!

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