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August 8, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan president, Salva Kiir, has called for a homegrown solution to the conflict which has ravaged the country, saying it was now time for everyone to show commitment to help in the restoration of peace and stability in the country.

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President Salva Kiir adresses a joint press conference on 9 July 2016 (Reuters Photo)

“Peace is not a responsibility of the leaders alone. It is a collective responsible and everybody must join hands for the sake of peace and national reconciliation,” said president Kiir on Sunday.

“All communities must come together in peace, not hatred. It is time all the people show commitment to national reconciliation. Rather than looking for a solution from foreign countries we can find our own solution with which we can be proud of and present as an example to others,” he added.

Referring to the 1999 Wunlit peace initiative between ethnic Nuer and Dinka, Kiir said there was nothing impossible to stop people from coming together if they show interest to reconcile and live peacefully.

“When communities decided in 1999 to come together, nobody stopped them. They went ahead and the result was the outcome of Wunlit peace initiative. It was an important milestone,” he explained.

President Kiir said his government remained ready and committed to strengthening public service with livelihood support and the expansion of delivery of basic services as means of the solution to the problem in the country once peace and stability is restored.

The head of state was speaking to some members of Jieng [Dinka] Council of Elders [JCE] who visited him at his residence after the government delegation led by his new first vice president, Taban Deng Gai, returned from a regional summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, and briefed him of the outcome.

The IGAD regional body resolved to send a third party force to Juba to provide security for the capital.

United Nations will on Friday discuss and possibly pass a resolution on the deployment of thousands of protection force to take charge in the capital, including Juba airport.

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  • 9 August 2016 06:59, by Eastern

    The current conflict is more than Dinka-Nuer affair; the conflict has sucked in the Equatorians, Fertit, Shilluk and other nationalities - it’s a national problem which cannot be resolved using the 1999 Wunlit model where a few Bulls were slaughtered to appease Dinka and Nuer blood deities. The curren conflict requires a third party pair of hands!!

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  • 9 August 2016 07:27, by Agutthon

    The ultimate homegrown solution is for the protagonists to step aside so that SS chart a new path

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  • 9 August 2016 07:40, by dinkdong

    The same old empty words. You are so incompetence.

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    • 9 August 2016 08:49, by Malakal county Simon

      The only home solution for crisis, is for this empty head of state to resign.... Since you have failed to unite the nation, you must know people’s don’t want to see you as their president any more.......So I advise you to resign and save your little remaining legacy and let’s the citizens choose who’s they want to lead them!!!!!!

      Thanks

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  • 9 August 2016 08:08, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The solution of South Sudan nation can be found by invoking unbiased national constitutional conference in which the people of Greater Upper Nile, Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr el Ghazal sit and find a nation-state that is based on social justice, economic freedom and political independence without the involvement of sectarian organisation like Ieng Council of Elders or Nuer council of Elder

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    • 9 August 2016 08:34, by Eastern

      Jur,

      This is the best way to chart our future but those with the sense on entitlement think otherwise; the sooner South Sudanese realise the damage inflicted on the country by the sectarian JCE, the better for our future.

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      • 9 August 2016 10:11, by Akook

        Why go around the bush! Pres Kiir knows permanent solution. He needs to resign and Riek will have no space too in the new political arena that will unite our people. This needs a lot of courage from the Prezo.. to avoid our country being forcefully taken over by foreign elements.

        This country is bigger than his personal leadership. Everyone knows this but are afraid to ask for his resignation

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    • 9 August 2016 10:17, by Freedom Fighter

      Jur,

      The problem with your suggestion is that, it’s already biased against Jieng and Nuer Councils of Elders. There is already a breakthrough brought about by comrade Taban Deng and his team. Let’s stand behind it and hope for more changes to come

      Freedom fighter

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      • 9 August 2016 12:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        So-called Freedom Fighter,
        You are neither a freedom fighter nor a patriot. You like to propagate chaos otherwise South Sudanese problem can not be solved by an alliance of Dinka and Nuer with a focus to dominate the political landscape of sixty four tribes. The sooner you realised sectarianism would lead our beloved country to hell the better. No alliance can expect tranquillity with domination.

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  • 9 August 2016 10:04, by Kerem

    Jur has a very good point and it truly think if at all the group known as JCE exists, then they are the ones driving this country into disaster. It should have sounded great to have a South Sudan Council of Elders which comprises of all historical political leaders from every regional

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  • 9 August 2016 10:21, by Dengda

    To little too late. Enjoy celebrating Taban being FVP as solution to Riekphobia. I have been telling people several times, there’s no shortcut or quick solution to get Riek out on radar or in politics scene, but will be out 2018 election. replacing him with Taban, its just adds salt to the wound and that why we have seen international communities outrageous and fed up with Sudan government.

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  • 9 August 2016 13:43, by Whortti Bor Manza

    A homegrown solution when the Dinkas are the rulers and aggressors. Come on Mr. President I didn’t know you have such a rudimentary brain with no reasoning capacity.

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  • 10 August 2016 02:04, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    This is a common song Jallaba sung prior to comprehensive peace agreement between them with Dinka in 2005. Now they have taken its melody from them. Freedom fighter will put a stop to this song and institute justice, freedom and independence of the citizenry.

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