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S. Sudan youth forum urges dialogue with armed groups

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January 12, 2017 (JUBA) – A forum of South Sudanese youth issued a statement on Thursday, calling on national unity government to recognize the existence of the armed opposition in the country.

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Section of participants during the Youth peace and reconciliation workshop in Wau on 5, November, 2016 (ST Photo)

“The South Sudan Youth leaders forum calls upon the TGoNU [Transitional Government of National Unity] to recognize that there are armed groups engaged in hostilities across the country and urge the TGoNU to peacefully engage these groups in order to end was and usher in an era of reconciliation and healing”, partly reads the resolution derived at end of a two-day conference held in Kenya.

50 youth from different states of South Sudan, who used the opportunity to examine the situation facing the country through shared ideas about how this can be improved in-order to move the nation from the devastating conflict, attended the event.

Sponsored by International Growth center, United States agency for international development and the World Bank, the conference which was mainly graced by government supporters underlined the importance of the national dialogue which they see as the only means through which disputes could be resolved in the country.

It called on armed actors to declare an unconditional ceasefire and recommended that a credible, impartial and acceptable national dialogue be led by the faith based organizations, particularly South Sudan Council of Churches with the help of African council of churches and the world council of churches.

South Sudan national union chairperson, Albino Bol Dhieu and other government affiliated groups, including members and leaders of a deeply-divided Red army foundation, took part in the consultative dialogue.

(ST)

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  • 13 January 09:24, by Fair Man

    Workshop held in Kenya will not solve the problem. We in the bush will not accept partial negotiation with Taban Deng Gai or Salva Kiir or TGNU without the Dr. Riek Machar Teny. We don’t allow low level negotiations, that seek to stop the war temporarily and re-emerge later. Anyone, being a bishop, Imam, Chief that blindly reach our areas claiming peace without Riek orders, will be arrested.

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    • 13 January 09:57, by Kush Natives

      Mr. Fair Man,

      I think you are likely deciding to come back home somehow, which is totally fine with us here in Juba. Otherwise, let those who opted for low negotiations teams go ahead with their low peace deal as you said. But, you and your high level teams can wait in the bush till you decide on what you folks want! Otherwise, peace is progressing well here in Juba.

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      • 13 January 18:51, by Chong Thow

        I hope the government will realize later that they are wasting of time or money. This fake peace is not going to work. How this peace going to work? The peace without IO involving. We need peace that involve all southern sudan.

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    • 13 January 13:27, by jubaone

      Fair Man,
      Thanks. Any such gatherings that doesn’t involve youth from liberated areas or those under the opposition is mere time and resources wasting. Who do these youth represent anyway? What concrete suggestions other than bogus communique do they offer? Kiir must talk directly to Riak and not send luak messengers. No national dialogue without Riak period.

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    • 13 January 13:48, by Midit Mitot

      Smart project for you guys, I don,t think Juba government has interest of rescuing this country, anyway conduct those conferences so that you can get your cash.

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    • 13 January 15:28, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Fair Man, Jubaone, Eastern, and other gangs who promote senseless war and Machar. You are creating nothing then dismantling and manipulating peacemakers. What are you going to achieve with your rebelling against government since Machar is a prison in South Africa? Just come back to Juba with ashamed and senseless war. We, South Sudan government will welcome you back to Juba.

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      • 13 January 16:14, by jubaone

        Jienge Defender General,
        You can’t invite us to South Sudan, as if it were your father’s kraal or cattle camp, no. I am already in SS and don’t need invitation. You need permission to go through Equatoria to either Gogrial, Rumbek or Abyei unless of course you fly direct to your luak. You have peace? Then come to Yei tomorrow.

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        • 13 January 19:15, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Jubaone, coincidentally, I’m passing by Yei tomorrow afternoon with my bodyguards. We are going to Yambio. That’s specific information and I think you cannot block us. Wait for us tomorrow afternoon with your supporters and we will respect you for your brevity. Personally, we fought Arabs and we never fear of them. They knew us very well. So, wait for us tomorrow and we will see who are the men.

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          • 13 January 19:42, by jubaone

            Jienge Defender General,
            Give details: How many people coming, number of vehicles, time expected, which route? We have some food and water for you. You could be hungry and need some food. We got some goats and chicken 🍗 ready so you don’t have to loot. Beautiful young girls will be there to receive you.

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            • 13 January 22:52, by Dinka-Defender-General

              Bah, Bah, I don’t need your chickens or food. Thank you for suggestions. I can bring you some foods if you want me to Jubaone. Also, I can live for 5 days without food. So, don’t worry about us. We are cover. We want to make sure criminals or bandits are not disturbing the citizens in Yei or Yambio that is why we are going there. Therefore, come outside tomorrow noon to receive us.

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              • 14 January 11:33, by jubaone

                Jienge Defender General,
                I sent an welcome team since 11:00 am on th junction Yei-Tore road to welcome any MTNS, they called back and said our scouts have not received any signals of MTN movement so what happened?

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    • 14 January 09:11, by Mayom County Troops

      I does n,t see any side effect on this conference that took place in Nairobi Kenya in behave of South Sudan Youth forum Dialogue " for the call to urge all both two warring parties to agree to peace , but i doubt why are we wasting our time by calling dialogue with armed groups ?

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  • 13 January 10:15, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives
    Everything connected. Believe me, unless the top leadership IO led by visionary and God chosen leader, Dr. Riek Machar Teny gets involved, any other attempts are just futility in making. It helps nothing. Let us wait and see how you will move out of your towns to our areas without being touched. Bishops, Imam, pastors and all chiefs should forget any peace until we dispose off Kiir.

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    • 13 January 10:57, by Kush Natives

      I considered that as a night dreams Fair Man! Nothing will improve in your believe rather than diminish. IO is declining or regretting from blackmailing its supporters that there’s a tribal war, none or such a thing is existing here in Juba. cease from the language of victory through military means!

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  • 13 January 12:21, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives.
    Those who know the reasons that made them fight Juba, have all their energy behind the only wise leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny, that South Sudan soil has ever been blessed to have. Dr. Riek Machar Teny and IO will continue containing wild Dinka army and JCE through barrels and diplomacy. Without IO, and Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Dinka would grab people’s wives and lands as they used to.

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    • 13 January 14:33, by Eastern

      Fair Man,

      Humans with cognitive abilities do not require the type of explainations you are wasting your time to offer here. Kiir and cohorts know very well that without Dr Machar’s involvement in the persuit of peace in South Sudan, anything including the incapable TGoNU is a futility and waste of time. I would advise you don’t waste your valuable time educating morons!

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  • 13 January 16:35, by Fair Man

    Eastern
    Thank you. Except that when they rise have with their reactions, any silence may be presumed affirmative to their presumptions. It’s prudent to tell them plainly that they perceptions are wrong and the motions they are trying to advance here are immaterial. Thanks once again for your advice. But remain on their necks.

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