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SPLM-IO rejects proposed foreign troops in S. Sudan


July 20, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition (SPLM-IO) faction leaders in Juba have rejected the African Union’s proposal for an intervention force to neutralize rival forces in South Sudan and keep hopes for implementing a shaky peace accord alive.

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Head of the rebel delegation, Taban Deng Gai, attends the opening ceremony of South Sudan’s negotiation in Addis Ababa, January 4, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

“We are against this issue of third party to intervene in our affairs. The president is in control and there is no need for intervention. We have seen the repercussion of these interventions in other countries,” said the mining minister in the coalition government, Taban Deng Gai.

Taban spoke to journalists after meeting President Salva Kiir, barely two weeks after the country’s main rival forces clashed in the capital, Juba leaving hundreds dead and displacing over 40,000.

The SPLM-IO chairperson, Riek Machar was forced out of Juba after his house was bombed, and now supports the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) proposal to allow troops from neighboring nations take up Juba’s security and strengthen the capacity of United Nations peacekeepers in the country as attack forces.

The UN, which supports the IGAD and AU proposal, also wants an arm embargo imposed on South Sudan as well as targeted sanctions on individuals seen as obstructing implementation of the peace deal.

President Kiir rejects the decision to deploy foreign troops, a position adopted by SPLM-IO leaders in government controlled areas.

“We should provide our security by ourselves because there are some countries in the region, where foreign troops are deployed [and] have remained in chaos such as Somalia, Libyia,” Taban said.

He said the SPLM-IO leaders in Juba and field commanders have reached “consensus among us that is we have to continue with the implementation of peace.”

“All people of South Sudan, SPLM-IO and SPLM-In Government must stand behind the president; one community, one nation and one president," said Taban, whose allegiance to Machar has been questioned by SPLM-IO allies since the 8 July clashes occurred.

During the clashes, for instance, the former head of the rebel negotiating team called for a ceasefire even when fighting was raging at Machar’s base in Juba on July 10 and July 11.


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  • 21 July 00:34, by Mr Point

    Kiir signed a Peace Agreement that allowed SPLA-IO to have 1,300 troops in Juba.
    Next, Kiir’s 10,000 soldiers massacred the SPLA-IO troops.

    Now Taban Deng says that security should be provided by Kiir’s soldiers that massacred the SPLA-IO.

    To implement peace Taban should ask for:-
    1. Kiir to be President for Life
    2. Kiir to be head of the Catholic Church
    3. Kiir to get the Nobel Prize for Peac

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    • 21 July 05:01, by Akook

      What a big sell out?! Taban is now taking over Makuei Lueth’s propaganda position doing dirty or anus job for Salva Kiir.
      Taban, when we talk of third it is not design to come and protect u since u are already licking Salva Kiir’s ass. It is to protect innocent people dying in their thousands!

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      • 21 July 05:08, by Force 1


        I believe Riek Machar will be hiring for more SPLA-IO troops and bodyguards if he is by any chance still alive. Being online here talking against the president is not enough.

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        • 21 July 06:19, by Panda Odhie

          I believe today Taban is a true nationalist unlike Riek who always wish for bad thing in S.Sudan therefore it’s time to a raise against invasion of our country .

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    • 21 July 13:22, by Akuma

      Mr. Point,

      Please take up your guns and fight government like your Uncle Riek Machar instead of making noise in the internet. Riek has no interest for peace. All South Sudanese are against third forces intervention in South Sudan. If you SPLM-IO try to sell out South Sudan like what you did in 1990s, South Sudanese people will accept that and we are ready to defend our land....

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      • 22 July 09:05, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        All South Sudanese are not Dinka full Stop. All Non-Dinka whole heartedly welcome peace lovers in their country to rid it of despotic, uncouth Joshua and JCE with their imperialism. You are not the mouth piece of Lotuka, Shilluk, Bari, Balanda, Ndogo, Yulu, Murle etc stop your dirty game. Down with Dinka imperialism and colonialism.

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  • 5 August 02:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    And so our affairs in terms of Taban taban is to kill as many citizens as possible. Their affairs that is to deny citizens food availability. Their affairs is to rape as many female citizens as possible. Their affairs is to plunder citizens property as quickly as possible. To hell with J1.

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