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South Sudan’s Kiir vows to end war through dialogue

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December 26, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said the national dialogue he announced two weeks ago will end war in the world’s youngest nation.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation from the State House on September 15, 2015, in Juba (Photo AFP/Charles Atiki Lomodong)

In a Christmas message to the nation, Kiir said anyone doubting his initiative would be surprised.

"Let the sceptics be reminded that the proclamation of South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011 was perceived as a mission impossible," said South Sudan’s leader.

He reminded the South Sudanese population about the unity demonstrated ahead of the July 2011 Independence Day, which saw peaceful celebrations and surprised the world.

"Therefore if you could accomplish such a feat, why would anyone question your ability to recover from the present predicament," he said.

Conflict erupted in December 2013 between President Kiir and Former Vice President Riek Machar’s forces, causing thousands of death, displacement of millions as well as some of the worst human right abuses in the country. A peace agreement signed in August 2015, collapsed in April when fighting resumed in Juba, forcing Machar to flee.

A unity government led by Kiir, however, remains in Juba and Machar loyalists have continued to engage government forces in Equatorial and other parts of the country.

Kiir announced a national dialogue on December 14 which he said will be bottom-top approach to address local grievances and political issues. He single-handedly formed a committee to lead the dialogue, a move his critics claim could derail the process.

"The National Dialogue we have initiated shall go down in the history books as that turning point where South Sudan shocked the world in achieving total peace and unity on its own. Peace and prosperity are within our reach and I challenge all of you to unite and work together to return the good days of South Sudan," he said.

He said "This country shall emerge stronger, united and prosperous and we shall be the envy of the world" after the national dialogue. A date to start the process has not been announced by the committee.

The president, in his Christmas message, reiterated his pledge for unity and forgiveness.

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  • 27 December 2016 06:14, by Joseph Canada

    hahaha. When did you ever say something and its done exactly the way you said it? You expect people to trust you? You Killier you.

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  • 27 December 2016 06:30, by dinkdong

    It was easy to say, now implement it.

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  • 27 December 2016 06:37, by Son of Nuer

    Am so tire of Kiir, every day say dialogue, dialogue, it was now two weeks and nothings show that Kiir called for dialogue ,said by words mouth and not implemented what the dialogue is this?

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  • 27 December 2016 06:42, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Big lies to uncle Kiir alway, it is impossible to without war, they works and to hands together.

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  • 27 December 2016 06:45, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Big lies to uncle Kiir alway, it is impossible to without war, they works and to hands together. Those Rebels need to be discipline and Goss need to do their works.

    Also term limit for Governors and President of the Country.
    election in 2018 can solve it and quit the leadership of south sudan after 2018.

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  • 27 December 2016 06:46, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Big lies to uncle Kiir alway, it is impossible to without war, they works and to hands together. Those Rebels need to be discipline and Goss need to do their works.

    Also term limit for Governors and President of the Country.
    election in 2018 can solve it and quit the leadership of south sudan after 2018.

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  • 27 December 2016 07:28, by Future1

    The political land escape in South Sudan always remain negative because don’t want to face realities. Those who oppose dialogue should know that it’s the process and always takes place between the individuals, groups or parties. So Kiir is calling you, me and body to talks and have fruitful solution to these problems. Come out and tell grievances if not, kiir remains in power with all elite.

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    • 27 December 2016 11:03, by Tilo

      Future1

      Kirr need to include all his enemies in this dialogue and the dialogue will never be successful in South Sudan because most of his opposition partner are not in the country and cannot go to S. Sudan. He should call for his enemies not friends and it should be hosted outside the country.
      He need to be flexible and compromise somewhere to reach agreement.
      He shouldn’t always be Mr. Wright

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      • 27 December 2016 17:40, by Future1

        Tilo,
        Kiir is setting the platform whereby anybody with concerns comes out and express him/herself.I also believe Kiir has some problems to share the invitations are going to cover all the people. So, why are just speculate. Let us keep patience. It going to be bad when is to be politicized but if we are giving chance, it is going be different even will feel the heat.

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  • 27 December 2016 08:09, by Wantedd Kidd

    You should be Mr.fool instead of being called Mr.president, How fool are you?
    dialogue dialogue dialogue without inclusive of people’s leader Dr.Machar
    do you thing your daytime dreams will come to root.
    believe me
    No Dr.Machar
    No total peace

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  • 27 December 2016 08:17, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Has he ever said anything truthfully? As usual he is telling us lies and misinformation while he is busy sending his tribesmen to butcher South Sudanese. Never believe what he says. He does not know why is in J1!!

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  • 27 December 2016 09:51, by Jieng Nephew

    Bullshit!
    I hate this man called Kiir like I hate his kind.and i hate whoever support his imperative messages on here!

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  • 27 December 2016 09:56, by Fair Man

    Revive the ACRSS 2015 fisrt and call for dialogue. You can not dialoque in vacuum. The agreemen has died in July. Unless it is a new agreement that seek to correct mistakes in implementation of ACRSS, it must fail and had already started by wrong appointment of committee

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  • 27 December 2016 09:59, by Raven

    Ethnic motivated killing and hate speeches has been a trade mark for too long in South Sudan. It has to stop now. And any civilian deserves respect and protection. Not leaders!

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  • 27 December 2016 11:08, by Philosopherking

    Now who let this idiot open his mouth? Grassroots dialogue without a framework is meaningless! The peace agreement is the best possible platform to launch such a dialogue and he has flashed it down the toilet, even after 2 years of negotiations. How does he think dialogue with his friends (talking the same bullshit) will achieve peace? We want peace without you, mr. Incompetence!

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    • 27 December 2016 11:12, by Philosopherking

      With over 10 years under your leadership, nothing has been achieved for the people of South Sudan. Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! Why on earth do you insist? Since you were given the opportunity to lead, there have been over 10 rebellions against your ’good for nothing’ government’ , this mr. President suggests, South Sudanese do not want anything to do with you!

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      • 27 December 2016 11:15, by Philosopherking

        Shame on you, and shame on those who benefit from your loot and those who keep supporting you knowing your have been a worse disaster for South Sudan than Omer al Bashir!

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  • 27 December 2016 11:35, by Eastern

    National dialogue with self won’t end the war; doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is insanity.....

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  • 27 December 2016 12:14, by Jongo

    You guys the mean dialogue is only between the political opponents Salvatore,Riak,Lam,Bagan,Taban & Malong!!!!!& their Bitch Nunu those are the people who need to talk we the people of South Sudan we don’t have problems among us & until then Wani to run the country to 2020 when the election to be conducted but if they stop talking option B we all go to fight the last fight

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    • 27 December 2016 12:24, by Eastern

      Jongo is their name and it means ineptness, incompetence, backwardness, etc.....

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      • 27 December 2016 12:53, by South South

        We need peace in 2017, our country needs peace. We have seen what the war did to our country. Government is stronger in term of military, rebels are weak, but the suffering of our people is growing everyday. Let’s talk about the language of peace in 2017. Mr. President is right, he needs to lead for peace.

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        • 27 December 2016 14:06, by Tilo

          South Sudan

          Mr. President is talking peace but he has not initiate peace talk with his partner in crime riak Machar, How can he achieve the peace he is talking about?
          Peace talk is a process, first he should ensure that ceasefire holds and invite his opposition for peace talk.
          Peace can not come by just saying peace! Start the process
          ACTION YOUR WORDS!!!

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          • 27 December 2016 14:59, by Akook

            I don’t understand what Kiir is talking? Is joking or he means his words by saying South Sudanese will shock the world with their own PEACE?

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  • 27 December 2016 17:16, by Future1

    Guys the peace is alive. No more negotiations. Kiir nominated neutral body for dialogue and he will also be asked some questions to answer. Let us not politicize and negate everything. Whom do you prefer to initiate dialogue? Riek? Pagan? Lam? and when? Next month? Year? Please be judgemental and analyze the situations. We need dialogue strategy to tell all problems and have concrete peace.

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    • 27 December 2016 17:24, by Future1

      Kiir gives the committees duties to work out all the things just on his behalf since he can not do it by himself. We need to face each other instead of endless gossiping, propaganda and blame games. We should act intellectually this time. Those campaigning about taking ND outside S. Sudan are lying because we the grassroot population need to know what is really happening and we shall vote them.

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