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U.N, regional partners call for immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan


January 29, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) – The U.N, African Union (AU) and regional partners have reiterated calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan, urging the parties to ensure an inclusive political process, both in the proposed national dialogue and in implementation of the 2015 peace accord.

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South Sudan’s Salva Kiir at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa (goss/Kenneth Thomas)

At Saturday’s meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa on the margins of the 28th AU summit, the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the U.N, held a joint consultative meeting on South Sudan.

Those who attended meeting, a joint statement noted, expressed their deep concerns over the continuing spread of fighting, risk of inter-communal violence escalating into mass atrocities, and dire humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

The participants at the meeting also reaffirmed their continued and collective commitment in the search for lasting peace, security and stability in the country.

Reiterating earlier calls for a political solution to the conflict, within the framework of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the AU, IGAD and U.N emphasised their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and urged the parties to ensure an inclusive political process, both in the proposed National Dialogue and in the implementation of the peace deal.

The AU, IGAD and the UN reaffirmed their commitment and determination to further enhance their cooperation in support of the South Sudan peace process.

At the meeting, those in attendance reportedly commended the work of the Joint Ministering and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) chairperson, Festus Mogae, who heads the body responsible for monitoring and overseeing the implementation of the peace deal and encouraged the AU High Representative for South Sudan to undertake active shuttle diplomacy towards ensuring the inclusivity of the national dialogue and the implementation of the peace accord, in close consultation with JMEC’s Chairperson, U.N and IGAD.

The AU, IGAD and the UN, according to the joint statement, reaffirmed their commitment and determinations to further enhance their cooperation in support of the South Sudan peace process.

The meeting, chaired by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chairperson of IGAD, was attended by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, and the new U.N Secretary-General António Guterres.

The AU High Representative for South Sudan, former President Alpha Oumar Konare, and the Chairperson of the JMEC, reportedly briefed the meeting.

War-torn South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.

However, despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of South Sudan.


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  • 30 January 2017 08:35, by Sadam Kuikoy

    If the AU and its partners need the peace to return to south Sudan, the only option is to reinstate the Aug 2015 peace dealt.That is only option not the fake Taban Deng and Kiir to blindfolded the world and the region that they are implementing the peace while the war keeps on spreading to other areas within south Sudan. UA, Troika IGAD Troika need to wake UP and see things in different angles.

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    • 30 January 2017 09:11, by Kuch

      Sadam Kuiyoy,

      You guys are crazy, the AU, the UN, Troika and IGAD are not the ones that want peace in South Sudan, but you idiots that want peace. You keep calling for peace to come to South Sudan, while at same times want other countries to bring to you? The government of South Sudan has been telling you idiots to stop your aimless rebellion and work for peace>>>

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      • 30 January 2017 09:16, by Kuch

        But your Ngundeng superstitions tell you idiots that peace without Riek Machar, your Ngundeng re-incarnate is not peace. You guys keep calling other countries and the UN bring you peace while at the same times not interested in peace. Yani, what do you idiots really think you are? Grow up guys, the world doesn’t rotates according your nonsense.

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        • 30 January 2017 09:29, by koang mi kei

          hey KUSH
          can you try to go to front line and show us your man enough to confront IO otherwise do not talk like fish if war is option some of you will leave south Sudan, but some are just talk holding bottle of alcohol and say we are at war shame on you

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          • 30 January 2017 10:55, by jengelon

            Hi Koang
            Equatoria oyee you idiot nuer/jenge what front line with whom to fight the primitive white,red or green army look we don’t talk much when we say it we delivered you tried that before KOKORA now become EQ org warning be careful other things are explosives enjoy our hospitality while keeping ur dirty mouth shut stupid nuer/jenge

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          • 30 January 2017 11:13, by Kuch

            Muster, you called me a woman? I am the who your arses out of Bor in 2014 and Malakal. I am here in Ayod pal, stop your useless armed rebellion and embrace peace. You idiots have been informed time and time again, but you idiots would once again call for the deployment of regional troops to come and enthrone into power your Riek Machar demigod>>>

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            • 30 January 2017 11:18, by Kuch

              in your wildest dream guys, that is not going to happen. Your Riek Machar demigod will never ever smell anything called power in South Sudan guys. Just swallow the bitter pills and move on. You idiots are a menace to South Sudanese people and the world at large. Your messy lifestyles isn’t being taken lightly some of these days.

              You idiots have been given your damn states to develop and manage>>

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        • 30 January 2017 10:42, by Bilpam- 2

          Mr.Kuch,South Sudan will never be divided in two due to your mismanagement.2017 is the year for Salva either to go home or to seek asylum somewhere else.

          You are calling South Sudan your country alone because you are in power.That is a tribal ideology.

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        • 30 January 2017 11:24, by Kuch

          But you idiots keep making noises about Dinkas/Jiengs this and Dinkas/Jiengs that. Tell us how many Dinkas/Jiengs are now in your Bentiu, Leer, Anasir except the soldiers, but your Nuers are in Jonglei, Malakal, Renk, Eastern Lakes state, Rumbek, Wau and Warrap. Don’t you fellows have brains to think? Tell the world what is that you fellows are fighting for?>>>

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          • 30 January 2017 11:29, by Kuch

            Mr. Bilpalm-2,

            You can try pal. You have been singing that song even before your failed coup attempt in 2013 that Salva Kiir would be forced out of power by war and yet here we are in 2017 talking about the same Salva Kiir out power by force. Try fellows, but again complain that the government isn’t interested in peace but war. Salva Kiir has called for national dialogue>>>

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            • 30 January 2017 11:35, by Kuch

              But you guys are chirping for war. Well, we know that how guys do things anyway. You always go the opposite direction of what is best for the South Sudanese people. When are you guys going to learn to do things the ways other human beings do things? How many Dinkas/Jiengs in the current government compare to other people? Why don’t you fellows put out the Dinkas/Jiengs in the government>>>

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              • 30 January 2017 11:42, by Kuch

                and post their names on the internet for whole world to see. Mister, in democracy that you guys always lecture others about, it is all about numbers, majority rule guys, always---that is what democracy is about. Minority are not trampled with either, they are also represented. Guys, you fellows are living in different universe, probably your Ngundeng Biong universe>>>

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                • 30 January 2017 11:47, by Kuch

                  Our Nuer cousins, grow up guys, stop your tantrums throwing like babies, not every time the South Sudanese people would always be fighting your aimless rebellions. Salva Kiir has not yet overstayed his welcome, but your Riek Machar useless ambition to rule South Sudanese people at all costs is what caused the current mess, but as always, you guys don’t like to take the full responsibility of your>

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                  • 30 January 2017 11:50, by Kuch

                    actions and it is always the Dinkas/Jaangs faults. You guys may even one day go to heavens, go and mess up things in heavens blame your messy lifestyles in heavens on the Dinkas/jaangs.

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      • 30 January 2017 12:35, by Sadam Kuikoy

        Kuch, you are talking like a man because of M7, JEM,Nuerwew and SPLA-N. What do you think if the war could have been Nuer-Dinka? , it Could have been 6 days war right? Wait, coward, you be defeated and uprooted any time from now and you will cry peace and especially Dr. Machar to come back to implement this peace agreement.

        You have everything tanks, gunships heavy weaponry’s money, mercenaries yet you still looking for help outside coward dinka. If I have only one tank known as machondit in your language and ragil Dinka in Arabic, I can penetrate from Wau till juba. Right or wrong Mr. Kuch.COWARD DINKA

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    • 30 January 2017 09:20, by koang mi kei

      i would like to inform IGAID and AU plus TROKIA on this matter if they need peace in south Sudan the really peace let the dismiss Taban in his position and go back to deactivate August peace. and let them not allow what happen in July to repeat itself again in south Sudan otherwise peace will not prevail, we also doubted some country like Kenya and Uganda who are also playing nonsense game.

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    • 30 January 2017 09:25, by Akuma


      Please note South Sudan August 2015 peace agreement is still valid and legitimate and both President Kiir and his FVP Taban are implementing it in good spirit. Also note SPLM-IO are in disarray after dislodging their leaders in Juba and causing insecurity across South Sudan. Please stop war and join peace path like other citizens.

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      • 30 January 2017 09:37, by koang mi kei

        foolish celebrate nothing out their mind if you guys need this thing to be man and man fight why do you sell some part of south Sudan to Uganda and Pay Kenyan to deport some south Sudanese to you in Juba please know this this time man power is gonna be equal even machinery what do you think? one IO is equal to three IG Fool what will Happen let not talk of peace who will start crying again?

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        • 30 January 2017 10:35, by Marol Wang

          Let’s keep barking on fake peace, this time on the world will know the truth between Taban and Kiir, we all know no peace but deal between the two.

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      • 30 January 2017 12:42, by Sadam Kuikoy

        Your Fake Taban will be thrown into the dustbin and Akumatok will be inclusive government.

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    • 30 January 2017 10:07, by Nationalist

      All reasonable South Sudanese need peace whether with or without both Riak and Kirr. it is the only thing that the ordinary citizens are yearning for. Splm/spla should relinquish the governorship of the country so as a neutral leader may be decided by the citizens to take over instead these bunch of good for nothing SPLM/SPLA co-horts

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      • 30 January 2017 10:31, by Bilpam- 2

        Nationalist,if you don’t want peace which include Dr.Riek,our best option is to remove Salva Kiir by force.If you don’t believe it,time will indicate.

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        • 30 January 2017 17:30, by aarai baka

          @Bilpam, question is, how u rebels removed Salva Kiir by force and u rebels are in disarray? u guys been saying the same word that Kiir will be removed by forced since 2013 and now we are in 2017 and nothing has remove him by forced. u goonies are the one staying at all the UNIMISS site in South Sudan. Remembered very well what have happened in December 15, 2013 and July 08, 2016. keep in mind.

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    • 30 January 2017 20:56, by Paul Ongee

      UN & Regional Partners,

      Thank you for the effort you’re making to ensure that the IO-Riek’s senseless war of positions has to come to an end but note that there are some South Sudanese PhD holders obsessed with holding high positions since 1991. Riek Machar and Lam Akol, all of them often failed to see the difference between college degrees and educated persons.

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      • 30 January 2017 20:59, by Paul Ongee

        They struggle to preach politics along ethnic lines, give or promote fake military ranks for destitute followers and recruits to make them look like they’re the greatest commanders, generals, politicians or presidents of our time. In essence, they preach hatred, disunity and confusion among the various ethnic groups in South Sudan to hate each other without considering heir worst political records

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        • 30 January 2017 21:00, by Paul Ongee

          Their reasoning, argument and concern are always about positions. They joined the popular movement of 1983-2005 only for positions. They formed their own factions in 1991 after breaking away from the SPLM/A in the 1990s, ended up in Khartoum, signed bogus peace agreement of KPA-1997, failed get it implemented in their presence and returned for forgiveness and reinstatement into positions.

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          • 30 January 2017 21:01, by Paul Ongee

            SPLM/A has been inclusive since 1983. Every marginalized South Sudanese and Sudanese joined the movement to liberate themselves from the oppressive regime of Islamic-based Khartoum government. If they feel that Khartoum was more inclusive than Juba, they should have remained there in Khartoum than constantly shifting allegiance, returning to SPLM/A for forgiveness and reinstatement into positions.

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            • 30 January 2017 21:02, by Paul Ongee

              They often complain and make noises since 1991 without suffering together in the bush with their fellow marginalized comrades. They want positions first and stay in expensive and luxurious hotels available in the regional capitals, and keep shuttling between them. They don’t have what it takes to become visionary leaders but they force themselves to be included in the "Hall of Fame."

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              • 30 January 2017 21:04, by Paul Ongee

                This senseless war of positions has, of course, driven a wedge between South Sudanese ethnic groups and innocent armless civilians are the one paying massive price since December 2013. And a way forward is only the National Dialogue initiated by the President H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit to make South Sudanese great again, united for a purpose and reconciled for peace-building and development.

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                • 30 January 2017 21:05, by Paul Ongee

                  And a way forward is only the National Dialogue initiated by the President H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit to make South Sudanese great again, united for a purpose and reconciled for peace-building and development, not an unimaginable speedy destruction witnessed in 2013 and 2014 in Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and other places across the country. Hopefully, 2017 will be a year of peace and development.

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                  • 31 January 2017 05:13, by jubaone

                    Paul Ongee,
                    FYI, Kiir knows that the ARCISS 2015 is dead and done, so he deliberately or foolishly initiates national dialogue. He refused this inclusivity even during the peace talks in AA. So why now? What is it that is different from the ARCISS that makes you think it will work? Just delusional and pure idiocy. Fools like dreaming intelligent people realize things.

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  • 30 January 2017 11:55, by Dean Keak Tegn

    It’s better to stop lying IDPs and those who are suffering outside S Sudan for running after peace which you do not implement. No freedom at all when we give birth to lie. No freedom at all when we hurt other persons’ rights. No freedom at all when the leader listens to gossiping. At last, we cannot walk or work because we’re free for nothing.
    – Dean Keak Tegn

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  • 30 January 2017 18:04, by Cienzhiel Lual and Lul

    stupid kush

    Malakal belong to collo or shilluk people but grabed your fuckin illiterates kiir

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