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Machar calls for an internationally brokered process to review S. Sudan peace deal


December 24, 2016 (JUBA) - The former First Vice President and leader of SPLM-IO, Riek Machar, has called on the International Community and the African Union to launch a new political process to review the agreement of 2015 and brushed aside a call for national dialogue by President Salva Kiir.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) poses for a picture after the government swearing in with his first deputy Riek Machar (R) and second deputy James Wani on 29 April 2016 (Photo Moses Lomayat)

In a Christmas Message to South Sudanese extended to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Machar said hopes for peace "evaporated" with the 8 July clashes at the State House and accused the government forces of "committing acts of genocide" in the country.

However, he rejected the call for national dialogue made by President Kiir on 14 December, describing it as an attempt to divert attention from the "ongoing genocide against the people of South Sudan, particularly in Greater Equatoria Western Bagr el-Ghazal abd Unity Stat"

Instead, Machar has urged "the (African Union) AU and the international community to support a new political process to end the war and stop the genocide from intensifying".

"The priority should be to end the war and that can only be achieved through a political process whereby the Agreement can be reviewed," he said, adding "The revived agreement would provide the roadmap for a national dialogue to be conducted in a stable peaceful environment".

The 14 December call for a national dialogue has been criticised by opposition leaders who questioned its seriousness and viability.

Lam Akol, chairman of the National Democratic Movement for Inclusive Dialogue, called to hold a new inclusive political process outside South Sudan that will provide a forum for all to thrash out the root causes of the conflict and agree on the future of the country.

The South Sudanese President Kiir on 20 December appointed 30 national figures as members of a dialogue committee that he chairs.

In addition, Kiir appointed as his advisers Abel Alier-wal Kwai, Joseph Lagu, Bona Malual Madut and Francis Mading Deng.

But the dialogue body does not include representatives of the SPLM-IO or sympathisers to the former first vice-president.

The "National dialogue in my view is both a forum and process through which the people of South Sudan can gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood and sense of belonging," said President Kiir when he announced his process on 14 December.


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  • 25 December 2016 10:54, by Son of Nuer

    Good message Sir

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  • 25 December 2016 12:01, by choldit

    Dialogue is one of the implementation modalities for the agreement. One shld wonder why kiir, Taban and JCE shld be talking about what they called national dialogue. The reconciliation is a forum or process in which the parties to reconcile have to admit wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness. President started it by saying "for give me if I committed any crime..." if I committed... that is bulshit!

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    • 25 December 2016 13:24, by South South

      Why Reik Machar is wasting his time now? The guy with one eye and other eye will follow soon should first take care of his health. His health issues alone are enough for him to make keep him quiet, let alone being in exile. Most of his leaders of SPLM?IO left him and joined Juba, why? because they see no future with Reik anymore. Talking from South Africa is very interesting to see. Peace, peace

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      • 25 December 2016 14:08, by Akook

        Dr Reik is holed up in Soth Africa by Americans and IGAD but interestingly killings especially of vulnerable civilians tripled. Why is it that there are even more deaths happening now than before and Riek is NOT in the country?

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      • 25 December 2016 18:02, by choldit

        South Sudan or whatever names are impersonating, u are missing a point becoz u are talk about Dr Machar’s health while the topic is about way forward for peace in South Sudan u are using as ur username. It never about Dr Machar but south Sudanese civilians the govt is killing on daily base.

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    • 27 December 2016 00:45, by Gatluak jal

      choldit, I don’t think Mr. President was asking for forgiveness and what I know is President Kirr and Vice President Taban Deng are working to resort the peace in the country. The leader always call for peace and forgiveness that is what leaders does. On the planet, no leader call for tribal war and same time call him a democratic reform. As I am from his home town, I don’t even understand it.

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  • 25 December 2016 14:09, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    The call fo reviewing the agreement does not have a link to the health Dr Riek call for international community to act and bridge the vacum in the peace agreement.Our people are heavily suffering and can not wait. Absence of Riek has created a damage to the progress in peace agreement.While you are, majority don’t know what will the next day be for them. Shut up your ignorance!!!

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  • 25 December 2016 17:18, by Future1

    I don’t know how many negotiations need to satisfy Riek.The agreement is always good when it brings Riek back to position. From my own observations this dialogue will be so neutral and brings lasting peace, and defines S.Sudan we want’s road map. No more renegotiation of ACRSS.

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  • 25 December 2016 17:21, by Future1

    What is wrong with this wed site since it rough out my comments since morning? Please stop or else remove my account from your site. All the comments I posted are democratic. Okay?

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    • 25 December 2016 20:14, by Eastern

      You can as well remove your account or stop spewing nonsense on this noble website.....

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      • 25 December 2016 20:51, by South South

        Sudantribune website is noble website?

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        • 26 December 2016 08:04, by Eastern

          IT is very noble; if you are unsatisfied with it, back off!

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      • 26 December 2016 07:30, by Future1

        Do you really understand what you are commenting on??? You need treatment of Trauma or else we have nothing to debate on. You cannot tell me about nobility on this site. I am responsible for what I say not for what you understand. mind your own business!!

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        • 26 December 2016 08:06, by Eastern

          Then do the self censorship or your crap will not see the light of the day on this VERY NOBLE website!!

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  • 25 December 2016 22:46, by john akeen

    You people need to stop blaming Presidnt Kiir or blaming Reik, at least president Kiir apologized to the people and Reik didn’t apologize people yet. only one thing I would like to let you know if the people of the land are not together it will be heart for you to take out any president who is running country wrong way. I would like you to see the country name (Burma) documentary or history.

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    • 26 December 2016 11:44, by Eastern

      It’s now called Myanmar; the name Burma is now obsolete...... The Junta hardliners who were in charge of the country bowed down to American pressure for reforms and now Myanmar is prospering. The same will happen to South Sudan....

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