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S. Sudan unveils options to avoid armed confrontations

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July 21, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan government has unveiled two alternative as options to address armed confrontation between the rival forces in the country, arguing that the proposed deployment of foreign troops to back up the fighting and protection capacity of the United Nations mission in South Sudan will not resolve the volatile situation.

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The South Sudan government’s chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial, speaks during the resumption of peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 11 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Nhial Deng Nhial, an advisor to President Salva Kiir, who led a high level government delegation to the African Union summit in Kigali, Rwanda, likened the deployment of troops from the region to “trying to crack a nut with a sledgehammer”.

Nhial, accompanied by foreign minister, Deng Alor Kuol, led a government delegation that represented South Sudan in Kigali.

“The position of the government is very clear. We believe that there are ways in which this problem can be addressed without the need to resort to such a drastic action. We proposed that President Salva Kiir be allowed to provide protection to Dr Riek Machar and all SPLM-IO leaders”, Nhial told the state-owned SSBC Television Thursday.

“The other option is for the region to modify the current mandate of UNMISS peacekeepers to include a special unit of protection for the First Vice President”, he added.

The official further argued that the approval of regional troops as agreed by the regional bloc (IGAD) and the African Union heads of states will not resolve confrontations between the main rival factions.

DIRECT TALKS

Last week, Kiir called for direct talks with first vice-president, Riek Machar, saying he detests further bloodshed in the young nation.

President Kiir said he and the ex-rebel leader should salvage peace.

"I don’t want any more bloodshed in South Sudan," stated the South Sudanese leader.

"I have been ready to resume talks on the issues we were discussing before this thing [violence] erupted. We were left with few things to conclude the discussions so that we begin with the implementation [the August 2015 peace agreement]", he added.

The president was speaking for the first time since his forces clashed with those loyal to Machar last week, leaving more than 270 soldiers from the two sides dead, South Sudanese officials confirmed.

President Kiir also vowed he would provide protection to Machar and his forces, citing the amnesty he had issued after declaring ceasefire as a guarantee for the security of his deputy and his forces.

"Nobody is hunting for him and his forces. If he comes, I will protect him. He will stay with me if feels he is not safe staying alone", he said.

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT?

Meanwhile, Machar claimed the fighting that erupted between his bodyguards and Kiir’s forces in the capital was calculated to kill him.

He said he feared for his own life after the incident, adding he was also worried about the safety of his ministers currently inside Juba.

“We have a pending meeting, he as president and me as vice president. And also if it were a normal situation, we would meet, but the incident that took place on the 8th [July] in the State House is a very despicable incident, where there was a shootout, and a dog fight, when we were in a meeting,” Machar told BBC Focus on Africa program.

“To me that was a calculated plan to kill me,” he added.

Machar, who also leads an opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, said he was willing to return back to Juba, but after a third force is deployed in Juba to take charge, ensure safety and no return to violent confrontations.

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  • 22 July 2016 03:11, by Force 1

    SPLA-IO is no longer a formidable force against the government; therefore any leader who consider him or herself to be SPLA-IO need to report to government security personnel to be protected and we will all have peace from now on! There is no more frictions between two forces that need any foreign intervention case closed.

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    • 22 July 2016 03:54, by Reuben

      Nhial Deng
      The protection is not only for the VP but the citizens of South Sudan at Large needs protection as well from the Dinka forces. Therefore IGAD must send troops immediately to South Sudan. At least 15000 will keep peace in Juba.

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      • 22 July 2016 05:26, by Freedom Fighter

        Dinka Community is not part of this War at all, but over 3000,000 Gulweng forces are ready to defend their community against aggression of Riek Machar’s loyalists and all other anti-Dinka rebels in the across country

        Freedom Fighter

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        • 22 July 2016 06:12, by Reuben

          South sudanese population is roughly 12000000 of which dinka community is 15% which is 1800000 people. Where will you freedom oppressor find that 3000000 people.

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          • 22 July 2016 07:33, by Freedom Fighter

            That number is for the Dinka Malual alone in the Sudan census conducted in 1976. the 1800000 figure which you’ve mentioned here was also the population of the country of Kuwait in Middle East. Amiir of Kuwait, Shiek Al-sabha was so stunned that he granted Alsabha hospital to South Sudan which is currently based in Juba

            Freedom Fighter

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          • 23 July 2016 07:25, by Khent

            The Dinka were 12% of Sudan’s population prior to partition so just how do you suppose that the Dinka could only be 15% of South Sudan’s population? The Dinka are actually around 40% of the population.

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      • 22 July 2016 08:22, by Malakal county Simon

        The same government that’s want to killed Dr Machar recently in failed assassination today want have the gut and said they can protect Dr Machar?? You see the contradiction here?? Any one with common sense cannot accept such a blatant proposal..... It’s all nonsense!!!!

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  • 22 July 2016 05:43, by Bazinguaboy

    Let’s just arm each South Sudanese national so each one will protect him or herself from looting, raping and so on and there will be no need for foreign forces.

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    • 22 July 2016 08:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Bazinguaboy,

      You are right. Dinka uses the resources of South Sudan to kill citizens because of their lust for leadership and money. With weapons got in our name, they terminate us under so called sovereignty. It is high time all peace loving people of the world come to our rescue. One option of doing so is what you have suggested. Thank you.

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      • 22 July 2016 17:40, by Hardlinner

        Jur likang, you have finally realized that you can’t defeat dinka. Atleast nuer are no coming to their senses. Also stop calling other to join your quest of installing riek on power. Problem between dinka and nuer is age old rivalry. Rest should stay out of it. Nuer and dinka are equally the same except for patience which nuer do not have.

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  • 22 July 2016 08:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Dinka claims they will protect Riek after a failed assassination attempt on his life. It is even incredible to hear that after they killed Gismala of SPLA/IO and a heavy shelling of Riek’s residence and soldiers. Only a third party soldiers can protect the citizens in Juba includind Riek Machar.

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  • 22 July 2016 08:55, by Eastern

    Now who should have talked about South Sudan at the AU meeting in Kigali Rwanda, the foreign affairs minister or Nhial Deng Nhial? South Sudan is getting it wrong diplomatically. It’s a shame that guerrilla-cum national leaders are washing down the drain a new country at its infancy!!!

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    • 22 July 2016 16:48, by jubaone

      Eastern,

      FYI, the jienges were never oragnized in their luaks and so can never be organized in a nation-state. The quicker we acknowledged that it is now time for Greater Equatoria to get away from these scoundrels, the better it will be. Notorierity, chaos, anarchy, idiocy is part of their culture. Lets get ourselves organized now, otherwise we´ll be like them soon.

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      • 22 July 2016 17:49, by Hardlinner

        Jubaone. First there is no called greater equatoria in culture. Equatorians are not homogenous at all. Some are are much more closer to dinka, nuer, shilluk and annuak than they are to one another. Also why didn’t u raise the issue separation when jalaba were raping ur women by the million in equatoria. If you think dinka are not organize, how did they handled jalaba?.

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        • 22 July 2016 20:21, by jubaone

          Hardliner,

          First, half of all jienges can trace their genealogy to being bastardized by jellabas and one-third as direct descendants of jellab slave owners. Even Sadiq el Mahdi had a jienge slave mother. Perhaps you also have jellaba blood that’s why got an oppressor mentality. Whereas the jellaba was smart, the jienge remained an idiot.

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