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S. Sudan peace monitors say ready to work with new FVP

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President Salva Kiir (R) embraces Taban Deng Gai after his swearing-in ceremony as FVP at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters Jok Solumun)

August 29, 2016 (JUBA) – The body monitoring implementation of South Sudan’s peace agreement said it would work with the controversially-appointed First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, although hopes for honouring last year’s peace accord were diminishing.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said President Salva Kiir and former first vice President Riek Machar “lack political will” to work together and implement the peace agreement.

“Although the legitimacy of Taban Deng [Gai] as First Vice President is questionable, diplomats will work with him because they don’t have an option,” JMEC chairman and Festus Mogae told the Associated Press.

Gai was appointed to replace Machar, a move described as “illegal” by supporters of the former rebel leader.

Machar fled the South Sudanese capital Juba when his bodyguards clashed with soldiers loyal to President Kiir. He is now in Sudanese capital Khartoum.

JMEC’s position to work with Gai come days after U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and regional countries vowed last week to cooperate with the country’s new vice president.

Mogae said Kiir and Machar lack the political will to work together for peace in South Sudan.

“There is no political will to implement the peace agreement. They [Kiir and Machar] are bent on a military solution, not political solution,” he said.

He said Gai’s appointment adds weight to efforts to realize peace in the country.

“I am more disillusioned or less optimistic than I was when I first came. I thought that common and logic could persuade them to do right thing,” said the former Botswana president.

(ST)

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  • 29 August 09:48, by Eastern

    I saddened by the level of ignorance of the old man form Botswana on South Sudanese political landscape. The political will to implement the ARCISS rests squarely with Kiir advised by his tribal grouping the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE). This group advises Kiir on what to do and not to do with South Sudan. Festus Mogae is very ignorant or he just doesn’t want to delve into issues which will......

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  • 29 August 09:52, by Eastern

    ....let to him being expelled from South Sudan by Kiir. From the onset of signing of the ARCISS, Kiir and JCE voiced their concerns by way of reservations annexed to the signed agreement by Kiir and cohorts. Dr Machar shouldn’t be blamed at all for renaging on the ARCISS. He moved from Pagak to Juba when Kiir still remained brooding at J1 maintaining: I must always remain the president!

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    • 29 August 11:37, by Mr Point

      "They don’t have an option" Mogae said.

      Kiir signed an internationally witnessed peace agreement dishonestly. He dishonoured South Sudan when he tried to murder his VP for the second time.

      Kiir does not follow the laws of South Sudan. He thinks he is free to murder. Citizens of South Sudan can not hold him accountable for his crimes.

      "They don’t have an option".

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      • 29 August 14:50, by Bazinguaboy

        JMEC has no option and we non-Dinka’s don’t have one as well. So let us all bow down to those born to rule us and surrender to the killing, looting, rape, corruption, etc as they figure out how best to rule us. That is unless we claim this country and tell all that enough is enough. Otherwise, shussshhh, the Dinka are ruling.

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      • 29 August 15:47, by Hardlinner

        mr point you are reason why kiir stayed on power. firstly you failed to mention the mass murders orchestrated in 1991 and again in 2013. if you don’t value the lives of innocent dinka civilians killed by Riek in 1991 and 2013 then let me remind you that Riek life is simpler than chicken life. he is also responsible for death of Nuer civilians.

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        • 29 August 19:01, by Mr Point

          You imbecile!
          An independent report by the African Union found Kiir’s government planned the 2013 violence that led to 2 years civil war and the economic collapse with 600% inflation.

          https://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/au-juba-mass-killings-were-state-policy-coordinated

          KIir had the power to provide peace and development but instead it’s war and corruption.

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        • 30 August 10:45, by Malakal county Simon

          Hardline/slave

          What about 1987 Gajaak Nuer massacre by the SPLM/A???? Or you just too tribalist to mention that!!!!

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          • 30 August 12:00, by Hardlinner

            Malakal do u know the meaning of slave?. Indeed it is you who is mentally enslaved by Riek. I’m physically and mentally a free person unlike you. Riek is criminal and kiir is corrupt. You get my point. Let me hear you condemning riek if you are not his slave.

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      • 30 August 08:05, by Eastern

        JMEC indeed does have an option; it should resign from "overseeing" the implementation of the ARCISS. JMEC and CTSAMM are two timid and incompetent bodies shielding Kiir and cohorts from the wrath of the UN Security Council. JMEC should simply resign to pave the way for another mechanism to be put in place to deal with Kiir’s intresigence!!!!!

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  • 29 August 18:56, by lino

    The fair deal is to have both principles changed. Now we have Taban El Taban and Wani El Wani should come on board as a replacement for Kiir El Mayardiit!!!

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    • 30 August 12:19, by Hardlinner

      Firstly it is not that I’m against wani, but the current government was based on quota/region. So lino if changes were to be made then another dinka person will replace kiir just riek was replaced by taban, you get the logic. To me the alternative is election. We all know that kiir, riek and former and current government officials were/are corrupt respectively.

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