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S. Sudan urges region to isolate former rebel leader Machar

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August 26, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan said it is seeking assurance of support from the countries in the region that armed opposition leader and the former first vice president, Riek Machar, would not use their respective territories as a haven for hostile activities.

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Riek Machar gestures as he speaks to rebel General Peter Gatdet Yaka (not seen) in a rebel controlled territory in Jonglei on February 1, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The South Sudanese presidential advisor for security affairs, Tut Kew Gatluak, said Friday that the government commends the region for responding to concerns it raised ij regard to the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council’s authorisatio of the deployment of 4000 protection forces to the world’s youngest nation.

“As the government we appreciate the way the countries in the region have responded to our views on the resolution of the united nation security council. There are countries which are seeing the logic in our reservations and have indicated readiness to support engagement with the United Nations, the region and the international community", Gatluak exclusively told Sudan Tribune.

He added, "We also want these countries in the region to go beyond understanding our position on the resolution of the Security Council to include commitment to denying those who would not be ready to cooperate in the implementation of the agreement any support. Such people should not be given safe haven”.

The top presidential aide said they would approach the region to persuade armed opposition leader to denounce violence and try to play a positive role in the implementation of peace agreement in the interest of peace and stability of the people and to avoid returning the country to war once more.

“The region should persuade Riek Machar and his group to denounce violence and encourage them to play a positive role in the implementation of peace agreement", said the aide.

"The region should not accept to allow him use any country as launching pad to derail implementation of the peace agreement. He and his group should be denied any safe haven if they refuse to denounce violence”, he further stressed.

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  • 27 August 2016 02:13, by lino

    No one should use voilence as a mean of acurring power or clique into it!!!
    What had happened J1 must be investigated internationally!

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    • 27 August 2016 03:18, by Force 1

      Lino;

      You know the rebel or the Opposition you support attacked the J1 and everybody knows it. Who do you want to be Investigated? Why is it so hard for you to admit the mistakes your group made? you’re squarely going to be blame for the lives lost on that day and beyond; don’t look the other way.

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      • 27 August 2016 05:54, by Redeemer

        Why the world is failing to brand Riek as a warmonger as the list can tell here
        1 He defected from Khartoum to SPLM in 1985
        2 He defected from SPLM starting tribal rebellion ever in 1991
        3 He defected from Khartoum to SPLM in 2002
        4 Staged rebellion against the country in 2013
        5 He caused divisions in IO leading to many fighting groups
        6 Now he is looking for opportunities to stage rebellin

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      • 27 August 2016 13:11, by jubaone

        Force 1,

        Just another delusional jienge. Who attacked who? Please either you are an outright fool who just cant understand any folow events, or a pathogenic liar and distortionist who likes to have things his way, however wrong they are. That is being paranoid. First admit, you´re a loser and wants at least a success story against Machar.

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        • 27 August 2016 16:53, by Mr Point

          What happened in July in juba was a repeat of Kiir’s attempt in 2013 to eliminate any potential rival for future elections. All the facts suggests it was a pre planned move of dirty politics by Kiir and Malong. South Sudan needs ethical leaders, but Kiir and Malong act like drug dealing gangsters.

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  • 27 August 2016 05:57, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Isolation From war to implementation of last year peace agreement. If not then Riek Machar himself will go to isolate without someone command.

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  • 27 August 2016 08:04, by Eastern

    Any agrieved South Sudanese has the right to reble against the sitting government in Juba. Southern Sudanese were agrieved by successive Khartoum regimes and they rebled against it; no one has the monopoly to rebellion anybody and indeed everybody can do it!

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  • 27 August 2016 08:06, by Thokidine

    Where is de impl’nt of peace JCE are commenting on that Taban is doing, giving away everything to maintain his seat or pleasing Dinka to maintain their egocentric ideology? We purely know that pple dont want leaders with brilliant mind like Machar, Lumumba in Kenya...but we, de pple of SS will bring Machar by all mean to change this rotten gang groups lead by good for nothing empty head hat wearer

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  • 27 August 2016 09:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

    That is correct. We, the South Sudan needs peace and security. Furthermore, Machar needs to stay denounce violence. Remember, we are strong when we are together. There should be no Nuer, Dinka, and other tribes, but South Sudan. We suffered and we need peace and live freely. Therefore, we don’t need war, but peace.

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    • 27 August 2016 15:55, by Akook

      Dr Machar must not accept being blindfolded by the so called Susan Rice in the cover of John Kerry followed by the region.
      Reik is the hope of S Sudan masses and being told to keep quiet from waging a final liberation is fundamentally wrong and against the interest of majority. Reik is a victim of his own popularity to turn things around for the better

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      • 27 August 2016 16:00, by Akook

        Again Dr Reik must not give in, into egocentric whims and ideas and attitudes of a bribed woman called Susan Rice in America. Reik represent the legitimate aspirations of South Sudanese majority and he must be there to implement ARCISS which is currently broken and thrown into trash in his absence by opportunists. There is rebellion germinating in all parts of the country

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    • 27 August 2016 16:59, by Mr Point

      Why can’t Kiir give up on violence? his civil war has achieved nothing for South Sudan.
      Kiir’s civil war has brought us 6oo% inflation.

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      • 27 August 2016 17:14, by Redeemer

        Mr. Point you are either sick or something is wrong somewhere. Kiir waged a war against Sudan by than but not against South Sudan as a country, if no one takes up the gun and call himself a rebel who will Kiir fight. The time is coming for you to come and say I am sorry as usual

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        • 27 August 2016 20:37, by Mr Point

          Redeemer, you know nothing! South Sudan had a great leader in John Garang. He made peace with Machar so the country would have peace at last. After Garang died Machar let Kiir take the SPLM leadership so the country would have peace at last. Kiir is not as smart as Garang or Machar, tried to kill Machar, and so there is war and inflation.

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    • 27 August 2016 20:41, by Mr Point

      https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/au-juba-mass-killings-were-state-policy-coordinated According to the African Union report the mass killings of 2013 were coordinated by the state. Kiir’s coup paranoia has cost thousands of human lives.

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  • 27 August 2016 15:59, by Eastern

    This is despicable. This is how Kiir and cohorts have decided to pay the United States. Follow the link below.http://www.nyamile.com/2016/08/27/did-us-secretary-of-state-betrayed-the-americans-rape-victims-in-south-sudan/

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    • 27 August 2016 19:46, by South South

      Eastern,

      USA wants to keep South Sudan strong, not to destroy it. All what USA wants is to bring people of South Sudan together and to so, USA can be seen by those who want nothing but destruction of South Sudan as a bad guy because USA is trying to safe the country they want to destroy.The real enemies of South Sudan are many and some of them are fighting through Internet. God safe South Sudan

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  • 27 August 2016 21:33, by Ross

    I would like to assure the South Sudanese that and the government that this time it is jce and kiir who will be requested to leave South Sudan for the benefit of the Nation and Dr. Riek will take all the lead toward justice and equality.

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  • 28 August 2016 05:01, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Riek Machar is the voice of voiceless. He needs to be supported and not isolated. No amount of isolation will succeed because the power of the people is great. It is either Kiir rules without the people or someone else who is patriotic leads the country to prosperity, peace and happiness.

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