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IGAD leaders to deploy regional force in S. Sudan, back Machar’s reinstatement: Ghandour


First Vice-President Riek Machar (L) and President Salva Kiir (R) listen to the national anthem following a ceremony during which Machar was sworn in on April 26, 2016. (Phot AFP/Samir Bol)

August 6, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Leader of the East African block have decided to send a regional force to the South Sudan to protect civilians and to back the reinstatement of Riek Machar as First Vice President to ensure the implementation of a peace agreement they brokered in August last year.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) heads of state and government and the African Union Ad-hoc Committee on South Sudan, referred to as the IGAD Plus met to discuss the situation in South Sudan in Addis Ababa on Friday.

The meeting was attended by all the IGAD leaders, except President Salva Kiir who dispatched the newly appointed First Vice President Taban Deng Gai. JMEC and UNMISS chiefs were part of the meeting which was chaired by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

“The IGAD leader unanimously decided to work to stop the fighting in South Sudan and secure Juba through a regional force to be agreed by the chiefs of staff of the armies of the east African block ,” said the Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour after the return of President Omer al Bashir from Addis Abba on Friday evening.

Ghandour further said the meeting has “called for a dialogue between Kiie and Machar, agreed to work for Machar’s reinstatement as First Vice President, and to implement the security arrangements as provided in chapter II of the peace agreement in order to stop definitively the fighting and move forward towards the full implementation of the agreement”.

The Sudanese top diplomat who accompanied al-Bashir to the meeting pointed that these decisions have been adopted unanimously with the participation of Taban Deng, “who expressed his willingness to work with IGAD and its partners in order to implement these decisions”.

The Arabic service of the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported similar statements attributed to the IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim.

A detailed statement on the outcome of the meeting would be released on Saturday.

After the meeting, South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth, expressed his government support to the decisions of the IGAD summit, saying the regional force is “a protection and not intervention force”.

The South Sudanese government “will take part in the arrangements for those troops to be deployed in specific areas of southern Sudan" Lueth further said in a statement to Anadolu.


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  • 6 August 10:21, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    M Lueth still wants power in their hands so that they can continue with rape citizens, plunder their property and mass murder people. No this is not going to be a few years time. They must answer as to why all this madness came to the people of South Sudan!! Never had we thought our own military planes could rain terror on our mothers, children and fathers.

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  • 6 August 12:34, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    The IGAD resolutions are invariably brimful of conspiracies and destructive ill motives that manifest in pretext of fake agreements. They (IGAD) are never after a sincere peace in South Sudan, owing to the fact that, their actions are merely driven by hidden political agenda. We still have a mountainous ladder to climb if at all we’re still highly dependence on IGAD resolutions.

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  • 6 August 15:33, by lino

    Hahaha! The President once said: The Government of South Sudan will not allow even 1 soldier extra in the country!!! Protection or not!!!

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  • 6 August 15:45, by Kerem

    It is only visionless and mediocre south Sudanese who will just accept and celebrate this victory without knowing the inside of the IGAD stories. Wait and see what will soon happen

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    • 6 August 16:40, by Deng II

      Let wait if the changes of mind is true in president Kiir. But I can not surprised, in fact, I don’t think the president can hold on to what he said and believe in himself, he flip-flops numerous times,he is confuses. This is why the world support serial killer because they learned that the President is just holding empty head.

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      • 6 August 16:56, by Deng II

        I got to tell you folks, Kiir will sell away some subtribes of Dinka very soon to appease Taban Deng. My hopes and trusts on JCE. Taban just show his number one part of color by giving all ministers to Nuer in Great Upper Nile leaving Dinka,Murle, Anyuak, Maban and Etc, with non.

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        • 6 August 17:18, by Deng II

          Ruweng State, Eastern State ought to be super careful at this time, an exception of Jonglei State where Kuol Manyang exist. It’s become to my conscience base on what I inference the way Taban selected all Nuer Ministers in IO, and give non to nonNuer in Great Upper Nile give us a hint that Nuer are fighting desperately for all the Government position in SS.

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        • 6 August 17:28, by Deng II

          We Dinka need all States dominated by Dinkans to be leave a lone without deploying foreign forces in it.

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  • 6 August 20:13, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Khent, Barbayo, Deng ll, Dinka defender:
    Where are you my dear brothers from Dinkas. I once said, whatever Kiir rejects as red line, he will eventually accept it at the end. Please mark my words by reading the story of an Arab and his camel. The camel only wanted its ears inside the tent, but ended up eventually pushing the man out . Kiir will not reach 2017.

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  • 6 August 20:36, by Eastern

    We had a few loose canons in Kampala at hotel Protea in the persons of Dr Richard Mulla, Oyet, etc already losing their sense of direction by endorsing El Tabani’s coup at J1! Let South Sudanese who want to be taken serious follow the latest IGAD stance!

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    • 6 August 21:08, by choldit

      Easter, I don’t think Oyet have ever endorsed Taban-Lol coup. Please correct me evidentially. Dr Richard K. Mulla is a confused old man who wrongly took bad way in his attempt to keep his bread on table

      Yes, Kiir and his JCE are nothing when I come to real politics campare to Dr Machar and his team. Some of Splm-io in juba will be 4given by Machar but not by other Splm-io members.

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      • 6 August 21:43, by Eastern


        I am not going to give you the link, but check out on the archives of NTV Uganda for the aforementioned date; Oyet was indeed a loose canon. The moderator had this to say: " Oyet was brutally honest....". Just this out.

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  • 6 August 21:48, by Eastern

    ....indeed Dr Garang must be cursing in his "final resting" place: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1431974/garang-rolling-grave-oryem

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