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South Sudan rebel leader backs AU calls for end of conflict

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January 31, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar has strongly supported calls from the African Union, the East African regional bloc (IGAD) and United Nations for an end to the country’s conflict.

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South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)

Machar, who currently lives in South Africa, however, disagreed on the advocacy for an inclusive national dialogue in the young nation, saying it cannot be achieved in the absence of peace and stability.

Calls for both dialogue and an inclusive dialogue were made in a joint statement issued by AU, IGAD and the U.N during consultations on the South Sudan crisis at the sidelines of the just-concluded AU head of states and governments summit in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.

The South Sudanese official said outcomes of the summit contradict the U.N Security Council approach to South Sudan’s ongoing crisis.

“The joint statement by the AU invigorated IGAD and the U.N seems to interpret the national dialogue declared by President Salva Kiir to invigorate peace process that was declared by the UNSC. The national dialogue we believe cannot replace the process aiming at reviving the agreement and ending the war,” explained Machar.

He said for a meaningful dialogue to take place, there was need to first end the war so as to create conducive environment and a safe space for the people of South Sudan in order to achieve inclusivity and enable people to express their views minus fear or favour.

“Our vision of the national dialogue is a participatory process inclusive of grassroots, refugees, internally displaced, victims and perpetrators of atrocities,” stressed the South Sudanese rebel leader.

Last month, the UNSC president called for a new invigorated inclusive political process to restore the agreement on the resolution of South Sudan’s conflict and end renewed fighting in the country.

Machar, however, insisted the new mechanisms adopted in Addis-Ababa at the sidelines of the AU summit, instead blessed president Kiir “self-made” national dialogue, which, he said, contradicted what the UNSC president said in relation to the South Sudan crisis.

“A national dialogue will not work as war continues across South Sudan. Dialogue comes after meaningful peace is achieved,” he said, urging the regional and international partners to instead dedicate their commitment a peace process that will end the war.

The South Sudanese rebel leader welcomed the appointment of Alpha Konare’s as the new AU envoy to South Sudan, vowing to closely work with the latter for peaceful resolution of the conflict.

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  • 1 February 09:45, by Fair Man

    UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres started his job with wrong approach aimed at appeasing Kenyans by returning their defenseless soldiers to South Sudan and earn salaries in US. Dialogue is possible when there’s peace. Unless it’s aimed at discussing current economic difficulties facing Juba, in the absence of peace, dialogue is impossible. 40 days almost finished and committee did nothing!

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    • 1 February 12:04, by PEACE FOR ALL

      Fair man, you can’t sleep with your wife today and expecting her to give birth tomorrow, even a rat can takes 14 days to give birth. president has called for national dialogue and idiots are still fighting and you expect changes/peace by miracles. Peace is initiate and implement by human my. your are expecting changes and on the other hands you are fighting senseless war. lets call for peace.

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      • 1 February 13:39, by koang mi kei

        i think we are not talking of what brought war this time, IO just give international community,AU,IGAID a chance to do some thing if they fail do. do not start cry again look back what you guys did when Dr Riek went to Juba. some of you start killing our officers and also try to assassinate C-in-C himself now no more comprise let see who is man to fight?

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        • 2 February 09:09, by Mayom County Troops

          Dr Riek Machar will not forget to tell public that he is the cause of the crisis ,conflict that destroy the whole country
          Our being here not to create war , we are here to elevate our people suffering from this crisis .

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          • 2 February 10:35, by Sadam Kuikoy

            @ Mayom county troops.
            You are absolutely wrong if you still believe that Dr. Machar was the one who caused this war unless you are speaking Taban Deng’s language.The fake coup which was fabricated by your Godfather Kirr in order to eliminated Machar was rejected by the whole and the region according to AU report.

            Do you still believe on the fake coup or it,s just escape goating in the pretext of the fake coup? your motive should be different,
            (bloody money).

            But, that is not new as it is the only language all Nuer wew can speak.Why don,t you eat your bloody money quietly my brother? where is the peace that you are talking about with your Taban? there is a fighting everywhere in the country now and your Taban is not controlling it as he claims to be IO C-IN-C? LOL!

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            • 2 February 10:37, by Sadam Kuikoy

              I mean by the whole world.

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      • 1 February 14:19, by jubaone

        Peace for All,
        It’s not how long it takes to get a child, but why you want one in the first place, animals do that too. Kiir is a hopeless father who does not know what to do with the child. SS has been born, but has failed to raise and nurture it. It is crippled and weak cos the father is weak.Kiir has given us stones instead of bread. Read the bible.

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        • 1 February 15:39, by South South

          Jubaone,

          People like you are making it very difficult for South Sudan. People are suffering and we need to support peace. People who choose internet to talk to talk and refuse to walk to walk are destroying South Sudan. Tell us your reasonable quick solution of South Sudan problem instead of talking

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          • 1 February 17:18, by jubaone

            South South,
            Kiir is fully responsible for this mess and he alone must sort it out. IGAD tirelessly worked on the ARCISS 2015 and Kiir broke it: introduced 28 states, faked a coup and illegally installed Taban contrary to the peace deal. He broke the rules and comes with a national dialogue. He is the referee and player at the same time, how? Get Riak back and things will get better.

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            • 1 February 18:23, by nuer food lovers

              jubaone... you are another hopeless Nyamnyam.. like Riek machar.. your preaching hatred always is meaningless to us..the dogs bark the camel goes his way..your noise are mosquito sound..

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              • 1 February 19:54, by Eastern

                Who is preaching hatred here by calling others nyam nyam if not you? Stupid! Do you think you Dinka tribal government supporters will be in peace if you want to fight the South Sudanese? Do you think you can do that camel? The mosquitoes will certainly continue to give you sleepless nights!!!

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              • 1 February 19:55, by jubaone

                Nuer Food Lover,
                Not surprising that your love for food makes you a light target for manipulations. I also understand that as a hopeless jienge, hungry 😋, wretched and starving you lose cognitive capacity and ultimately stupid. I suggest you go to a feeding center, that is where you belong and leave politics to me cos I put SS first and not food, you hungry scoundrel.

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            • 1 February 18:25, by South South

              Jubaone,

              You are calling for more sufferings and more death of people of South Sudan because you want one man, one person to be forced to power. Riek is done for good and future of South Sudan can’t stop because of one person, never. Kiir is a referee and he call for dialogue, he should be given a chance. We are looking for the best interest of South Sudan, not one man.

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            • 1 February 20:52, by barbayo

              Jubaone
              President is South Sudanese by heart and spirit , me personal i done not support National dialogue , how can you dialogue with criminals , militias, and animals they need to be crush them by all mean, some you now they test it

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              • 2 February 07:04, by jubaone

                Barbayo,
                I didn’t understand your English perhaps you need some training. I guess teaching a white man’s dog 🐶 is easier teaching such jienge dull-skull 💀 like you. It remains to be seen who is the animal. The best you can do now is start crawling on your fours cos you still have to undergo evolutionary process to become human and share with us Equatorians a place. Cheers 🍻

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                • 2 February 08:41, by barbayo

                  Jubaone
                  it is very difficult to understand it bcos you are born under wine randeya Equatorians the just well known for wine, you are a pest , you learn from other tribes of South Sudan Nuer will teach you people should not drink wine.

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    • 2 February 07:28, by jengelon

      You stupid Unfair Man how can peace be presents & you keep opposing bullshit giving your selves name IO FYI There is a time frame for the national dialogue the committee is working on it & by the way 90% of South Sudanese agreed the idea it’s only the hiding rats like you & your BOSS Now we are waiting you to come out of the bushes & start talking or else

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    • 2 February 20:20, by General

      @fair man.
      your rebelion is actually had a no-go direction because you fall so many times,please get adonation troops that to get ride of it

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  • 1 February 16:10, by Fair Man

    South Sudan
    Whoever caused the problem to South Sudan should be the one to fix it. The 2013 crisis was preventable had it not appeared that SPLM wanted to destroy South Sudan. They created problems among themselves, the common citizens took up the chance to mess up everything. Everywhere is taken up by lawlessness. If u want to stay in peace, don’t incite citizens to turn against you. In 2016?

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    • 1 February 17:35, by victory john

      south sudan shuold be in peace when the AU,IGAD,and UN call apeace agreement againe instead of national dealoguo that was called by president Kirr in the country last two months up to now.let me tellyou this, those who commant on sudantribune,please don,t comment abuot the trible insultion you can comment abuot the issui that can bring apeace in our country i thing now you are educated,think deepl

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      • 1 February 21:02, by barbayo

        Victor John
        what do you mean by AU,IGAD and UN to call peace agreement again? peace is now in South Sudan ,those who made them as criminals there is no comprise them just people follow what they chose,my correction to you is that a word ’’again’’ you thinking like if some criminals are not in South Sudan there is no peace

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        • 2 February 08:35, by Tilo

          barbayo
          Let us not deceive ourselves man, There is no peace in South Sudan, If you love SS, please speak out the truth. We all have known that T. Deng has failed to bring peace and he has no control over IO. If we really love SS we should bring the right persons on board and implement real peace. There is fighting in/around Malakal and poloch at the moment. So please let be Honest buddy

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          • 2 February 08:56, by barbayo

            Tilo
            Thank you so much ,you are real South Sudanese love his country , and my question is why IO fighting for and for what and be come what ? Raik Machar now is watching Nigerians moves in South Sudan he got share ,and those are Malakal criminals need be crush out by all mean. Taban Deng with those who peace in South Sudan and i put you in my list those who are nationalist, who love South Suda

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            • 2 February 09:06, by barbayo

              Raik Machar is watching Nigerians moves in South Africa ,free he got share ,those who are in bushes of South Sudan are robbers

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    • 1 February 18:29, by South South

      Fair Man,

      Let’s stand together to fix our problems. They are already made by our leaders and we need to fix them because they touch each family in South Sudan including your immediate family, right?

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  • 2 February 07:35, by john akeen

    What is that idiot REIK MACHAR talking about, first he need tof release that his name is dying from SSudanese mouth, I believe nobody in south sudan right now is talking about REIK MACHAR only the government, but soon government will stop wasting their time talking about REIK, and that is exactly what it suppose to happen. Government should not talking about REIK any more I mean no more attention

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  • 2 February 13:31, by Nasir

    If he the fake FVP aka Taban and his father kiir Mayar wish people of S.sudan to live in peace, why they instead use gunship to target civilians at villages in Equatoria, Jonlei, and from upper nile.....Rhetoric!
    where are the IGAD countries....they’re running for their interest and chairs. WAKE UP!

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