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S. Sudan’s Kiir vows to expedite peace implementation

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July 28, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir on Thursday met his two deputies in the coalition government, during which he expressed willingness to expedite implementation of the peace deal.

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President Salva Kiir meets SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, in Juba, December 22, 2015 (ST Photo)

The three leaders, a statement from the presidency noted, agreed to undertake measures to "strengthen the protection of civilians”.

“The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, today met with his two deputies, to discuss some of the issues on peace implementation and some current developments in the country. The three leaders have agreed to undertake measures to expedite the implementation process of the peace agreement so that the country can move forward with reconciliation, healing and forgiveness”, partly reads the statement Sudan Tribune obtained.

“The president has made it clear that he will cooperate with the new first vice president and the vice president to ensure that priority would be given to resolving key problems that have caused strong protests by the people. A new spirit is emerging from the presidency, the spirit of cooperation, consensus and willingness to implement the agreement so that the country can move forward,” it added.

President Kiir on Monday appointed the armed opposition’s former chief mediator, Taban Deng Gai as the country’s First Vice-President replacing Riek Machar, who left the capital following recent clashes.

More than 270 soldiers, officials said, died when forces loyal to Kiir clashed with pro-Machar soldiers before a ceasefire was declared.

According to the statement from the presidency, a number of things have been agreed to be resolved, including accepting that the deputy speaker’s position be nominated by the armed opposition.

“These nominations will speed-up the establishment of a new parliament incorporating members of the SPLM/A-IO, and enabling the parliament to function as normal, enacting laws and aiding in the establishment of institutions prescribed by the Compromise Peace Agreement 2015, including approving the new Constitution of the Republic, leading to the next census and elections”, it stressed.

Officials at the presidency told Sudan Tribune that many of the details of the peace proposal were already known, including, among others, commitment to observing a permanent ceasefire, implementing the security arrangement by disbanding and integrating members of armed opposition into different institutions of government under one command and protecting the civilians.

Observers, however, say it is unclear how the leaders intend to implement the deal and how members of armed opposition and the international community would react, if the accord is compromised.

It is also unclear what exactly the leaders have agreed to do as the first thing in the implementation of the peace agreement and how long they have collectively intended to achieve their objectives.

(ST)

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  • 29 July 01:29, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This should not be a surprise at all. Kiir has already killed the path to democracy, all forms of freedom, and above all federalism. His soldiers are maiming, raping, plundering citizens. Imposed 28 states, mono tribal institutions. Peace agreement on his own terms for the benefit of the Dinka people is not peace at all. Cosmetic solutions to country’s problem is a recipe for disaster.

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    • 29 July 01:39, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Kiir with Jieng Council of elders (JCE) planned to assassinate Riek Machar with a hope to water down the peace agreement that sets a benchmark for just peace and all forms of freedom in the country. They failed in their plan. The fight at J1 and attack of Riek’s residence clearly show what they were up to. Almighty God forbade that because evil cannot conquer the power of God that is always good.

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      • 29 July 02:51, by Khent

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Yeah the man that had his forces burn children alive in front of their parents and killed tens of thousands of civilians at the heels of his defection to the enemy is a paragon of virtue and celestial holiness. Riek will eventually be reaped if he continues to insist on staying in the political environment.

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        • 29 July 04:42, by Akook

          Peace agreement and all reforms that were to be done are absolutely dead. The world is silence esp the US who helped succeeded from Sudan. Evil Susan Rice Obama’s security as friend of Salva Kiir and his Juba tribal death squad had finally succeeded!
          But the country towards a very dangerous round of serious war...

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        • 29 July 05:33, by choldit

          We shld be ashame to be led by pple who can put empty statement one air like that. There shld be concerts msg of how they will do it this time. Taban Deng Gai is there to join the show. How could he get nueri out of POCs to be kill by Dinka tribalistic govt. What is new this time that Dinka JCE told him that will make Dinka soldiers not kill nueri. Taban Deng is a shame to nueri.

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        • 29 July 06:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Mr Khent,

          The duel between Dinka and Nuer is their petty issue. The nuer paid back what the Dinka did. Remember Samuel Gai Tut died in the hands of Dinka!! A nail on those who vied for independent South Sudan was hammered by Dinka!! I know all what is happening is a payback to Nuer because killed the people of Aweil, Gogrial and Rumbek when they trekked to Bilfam Ethiopia, but why Balanda, Equats

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          • 29 July 07:16, by Khent

            jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            The killing of Samuel Gai Tut was not tribally motivated and I’ll provide evidence from impartial third party sources. It was an unfortunate concomitant of a power struggle between two different camps, with two different ideologies and varying conceptualizations of the strategies required for the struggle.

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            • 29 July 07:17, by Khent

              Have you forgotten the fact that Garang also targeted Akuot Atem De Mayen, a fellow son of Twic east, and wanted him dead too!? Samuel Gai Tut was one of our sons [from Dinka Hol and Twic east] whose family migrated to Nuer territory in recent memory for reasons I cannot pinpoint. We still have some of their families with us in Duk Padiet and Panyagor. It was not tribal.

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              • 29 July 07:17, by Khent

                The split in the leadership was thus based on ideological and personal differences, not tribal, since both Akuot Atem and Garang were Twic Dinka from Kongor district, and there were Dinka and Nuer commanders ranged on both sides. (The Root Causes Of Sudan’s Civil Wars: Peace Or Truce, Douglas H. Johnson)

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                • 29 July 07:18, by Khent

                  Is the historian that I have just cited above lying? The very same historian that was instrumental in retrieving Ngundeng’s dang from the British and restoring it to its rightful owners? You took something that wasn’t even remotely tribal, and killed thousands of young, unarmed patriotic Dinka recruits in cold blood. You started this senseless and vicious cycle of revenge.

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                  • 29 July 07:29, by Khent

                    Why do you people brutalize the Anyuak and the Burun if your only enemy is the Dinka? You have stolen a hundred times more land from these tribes than the Dinka have stolen in Equatoria. Please explain yourself.

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                    • 29 July 08:04, by Khent

                      The Dinka were victims of massacres before they responded in kind. The killing of hundreds [possibly thousands] of Dinka civilians during Kokora happened before the SPLA had even arrived in Equatoria. The Dinka lost 5, 000 unarmed patriotic recruits [civilians at this point] to the Nuer. This happened before the Gajaak massacre.

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                      • 29 July 08:05, by Khent

                        Heavily armed by the Sudan, the Anyanya II attacked SPLA recruits on their way to the training camps in Ethiopia. In May 1984, more than three thousand recruits from northern Bahr el Ghazal were ambushed and massacred in the area of Fanjak, and in 1986 over two thousand were massacred in the Lou area. (Playing Different Games: The Paradox of Anywaa and Nuer Identification)

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                        • 29 July 08:06, by Khent

                          Correction: 3, 000 Dinka civilians [recruits] died before the Gajaak massacre and another two thousand died after it. We didn’t start this cycle of hatred and we certainly haven’t uniquely benefited from this government. We lost more people than all the tribes in Sudan combined; our lands provide over 85% of the oil, but all the infrastructural development projects are concentrated in Equatoria.

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                          • 29 July 12:11, by jubaone

                            Khent,

                            That´s why Equatorians strongly advocated for Kokora so that all the oil wealth should go to jienge heartlands for development. Sadly, no single jienge wants to go back to their areas to develop them. Reasons are: no skilled people, so many illiterates, disorder and anarchy, unfrienldliness, blank rudeness and stupidity, hostile investment environment and the list is long.....

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                            • 29 July 22:16, by Khent

                              Jubaone

                              I suspect that I would be flattering you if I called you stupid because only an idiot would want to replicate costly mistakes of the past. How did Kokora work out the last time it was tried? Sure, hundreds [possibly thousands] of Dinkas died, but it didn’t end well for Equatoria either, did it? You lost more people in the aftermath.

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                              • 29 July 22:18, by Khent

                                South Sudan doesn’t produce enough food on its own, even to feed Equatoria. Virtually all of South Sudan’s food comes from Uganda, Kenya and other East African countries... and because of Juba’s strategic position and its access to East African markets, people are understandably lured to it. Equatoria was also the place where international aid agencies set up shop during the war...

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                                • 29 July 22:20, by Khent

                                  .Upper Nile and Bahr el Ghazal were utterly destroyed because that’s where the movement derived its soldiers from. Large battles were fought in Equatoria [mostly by non-Equatorians], but you people were never Khartoum’s target and so your people and your region came out of the war virtually unscathed, and now you wonder why people flock to Equatoria?

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                                  • 29 July 22:29, by Khent

                                    Juba has been our capital for decades and was already comparatively well established when the CPA was signed and was further developed by international aid agencies and this pathetic excuse for a "government". The fact that some Dinka live there has nothing to do with some some innate yearning by these people to move away from home. The opposite is true...

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                                    • 29 July 22:33, by Khent

                                      The "government" should resolve to develop each region equally instead of concentrating on the capital, as so many third world governments seem to be fond of doing. This isn’t unique of the Dinka dominated "government". What Kiir’s "government" is doing is at odds with what Garang proposed...

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                                      • 29 July 23:11, by Khent

                                        ..Now, if the Dinka are a monolith [as you so desperately want to believe] why is this criminal ’government’ not implementing any of the plans that Dr. John Garang drew up? Garang wanted to take the cities to the people and develop every area equally. He even rebuffed the ridiculous false claims by the Dinka that Malakal belongs to them.

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                                        • 29 July 23:16, by Khent

                                          The vast majority of people in South Sudan in general are illiterate and unskilled, so you’ll definitely have to come up with a better attempt at denigrating others — preferably one that doesn’t also apply to you. LOL!

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        • 29 July 08:58, by jubaone

          Khent,

          Your good English language skills does not exonerate you as a jienge from your collective loath and paranoia against Riak. Kiir has just had "political masturbation". An easy way out to have Taban Gai, who of course is less smarter than Riak. It’s inferiority complex. Without Riak as signatory to this peace, nothing will happen.

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          • 29 July 23:23, by Khent

            jubaone

            Allow me to return your back-handed ’compliment’ with a direct and unmistakable insult... you’re completely retarded and really should seek psychiatric help. Do you even know what paranoia is? Paranoia is the unwarranted belief that someone is out to do you harm...

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            • 29 July 23:26, by Khent

              Now, I’m not sure if you’re suffering from early onset dementia in addition to your many mental afflictions, but Riek did murder tens of thousands of our civilians, allied himself with the enemy in an alliance that claimed hundreds of thousands of Dinka lives, so it’s not paranoia, is it?

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              • 29 July 23:26, by Khent

                This is what Riek said to a journalist-historian in the wake of the 1991 split:

                He discounted tribalism as “from a different age”, though boasted that he has “not seen a Nuer who doesn’t support me.” In the same breath, he added, “if there is a tribal element, the Nuer would destroy all the Dinka.” (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                • 29 July 23:27, by Khent

                  "The atrocities committed are things [the Dinka] asked for”, he said. He claimed he had dictated what happened: “Fighting at Bor did not get out of control. I was in total control of how far the troops went. “(Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

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                  • 29 July 23:27, by Khent

                    Is this the same man that claims that he can unite the people of South Sudan!? How!? How will reconciliation be possible under him when he is guilty of having murdered -directly and indirectly- 30, 000 civilians!? He is a deceptive, mass murdering chauvinist. He has no genuine regard for democracy or equality. He has killed tens of thousands of civilians. He is tainted. He has no credibility.

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                    • 29 July 23:28, by Khent

                      Riek is a liar, a fraud, a traitor and a génocidaire. His well-documented record speaks for itself. He has gone on record proclaiming [with unrestrained glee] the supposed ability of his tribe to wipe out an entire tribe, following his massacre of unarmed civilians, but he soon found out that he was mistaken.

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                      • 29 July 23:28, by Khent

                        His political, economic and military alliance contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of lives and the misery of millions more. Riek was instrumental in Khartoum’s ability to not only take control of the oilfields but to secure them as part of his military alliance with the Ignaz Nazis...

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                        • 29 July 23:28, by Khent

                          ..And in doing so he enabled Khartoum to purchase billions of dollars in advanced and devastating weaponry, which was then unleashed on those that did not follow that death-deserving TRAITOR. As a direct consequence of Riek’s actions, Khartoum became infinitely stronger and their war [their Jihad on the South] intensified, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives!

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    • 29 July 08:35, by Thokidine

      Yes Peace will be implemented rapidly; in fact it has already started with the "selection" not "electing" of speaker, a move Kiir & his cohorts has been longing for and the FVP ’Machar" was critic about as no article has stipulated that it should be appointed/selected but only that it must be given to Equatorian.Kiir has the green-light from the snatcher whose interest is to make himself rich and.

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  • 29 July 07:01, by Eastern

    South Sudan has become a global embarrassment indeed! Why at the watch of the garuantors of the ARCISS must Kiir and cohorts be allowed to single-handedly manipulate things now while festering future problems which will drain resources from the developed world. Is this scenario not lending credence to the claim that African problems are opportunities to the global west?

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