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South Sudan’s Kiir reiterates call for dialogue to end war

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February 7, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan president Salva Kiir has insisted there was no other viable alternative to end the ongoing war in the country, apart from resolving existing differences through a national dialogue.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

“There are people who believe in war as the only way to resolve differences, I think these are wrong. War is not the viable way to end differences. War is war and you know it is very destructive. I don’t want you, the people of Yei to follow people who think the only solution to whatever issues we have in this country is through war,” said Kiir, while addressing a large gathering in S. Sudan’s Yei town.

He added, “Let us work together with our religious leaders for peace”.

The president said ending the war will be an opportunity for politicians wanting to take power from him in an atmosphere free of war so that they campaign and allow the citizen to vote peacefully.

“People who want to become of this country have to accept that they cannot become the president when there is war. They need to denounce violence and stop war. When the war is stopped anyone wants to contest whichever positions he wants will be free to contest,” stressed the South Sudanese leader.

“So let’s work together to stop the war and let the political forces sit down to organize themselves so that the parties are registered before time,” he added.
A huge crowd has gathered Yei town to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the existence of Episcopal Church in the area.

President Kiir also used the opportunity to announce the national dialogue initiative he declared in December last year, saying it officially starts in the first week of March and will run for four months.

The national dialogue, he said, seeks to end long civil war in Africa’s newest nation.

The South Sudanese leader further reiterated that said a panel of "eminent personalities and people of consensus" would guide the national dialogue process, which would involve "all the people of South Sudan" but did not say who the panel members would be.

“The national dialogue is a matter of urgency so that we see what will be the next step. Now our members of the national legislature are on recess, they will come back in the end of this month, so when they come, we will kick off the sessions of the national dialogue”, he said.

The leader of the country’s armed opposition faction, Riek Machar has, however, dismissed Kiir’s dialogue initiative, saying the process can only succeed if peace has been restored in the war-torn nation.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since violence broke out between the country’s rival factions in mid-December 2013.

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  • 8 February 06:13, by Eastern

    The chief sycophant Elia Lumoro one time said that there is NO CIVIL WAR IN SOUTH SUDAN. The lout-mouthed man went on to say what they have in the country are a bunch of bandits. Now his boss, Kiir Kuetpiny is saying otherwise......

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    • 8 February 07:00, by Akuma

      Eastern,

      You are included in President statement saying “People who want to become of this country have to accept that they cannot become the president when there is war. They need to denounce violence and stop war. When the war is stopped anyone wants to contest whichever positions he wants will be free to contest,”. You will be a President of South Sudan when you stop hate speech and warmongers

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      • 8 February 08:30, by Eastern

        Akuma,

        I don’t want to become a president not even for my small remote village. What I hate is lies and deception. South Sudanese are dying of hunger and running to neighbouring countries because of war Kiir contributed in starting. Now Kiir is already talking of elections simply to legitimise his hold on power. For more than 10 yrs, Kiir stay in power brought no good to S.Sudan.

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        • 8 February 08:34, by Eastern

          Akuma,

          Through an election Kiir will organise next year, he will certainly be "elected" because any election with Kiir as the incumbent president will not see him lose the vote. African leaders are very good at abusing general elections to impose legitemacy. Don’t buy this crap of general elections in 2018. More deaths and destructions will just increase....

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        • 8 February 12:58, by PEACE FOR ALL

          Miss Eastern.
          President Salva had been struggled for the independence of this country since 19955-2007 but nobody complain, but when it comes to his presidency, those who were backbiting him during the struggle started rebelling since 2007 up to now.
          Miss Eastern, for your information with group, who can harvest what you have not cultivated?. your master is a rebel for live

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          • 8 February 13:07, by PEACE FOR ALL

            this guy called is a curse to South Sudan, south Sudan will and can’t enjoy peace while he is alive. believe me, since 1991 up to now, how many people die because of his rebellion. My dear South Sudanese, this man is a devil, his target his target is divide all our communities in to tribal affiliation and hatred so that we become enemies to each other. lets say peace for all A men

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            • 8 February 13:09, by PEACE FOR ALL

              I mean ,this Guy called Riek Machar is a curse to South Sudan

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              • 8 February 15:00, by Eastern

                You must be stupid and very naive to think so. There was no war in Equatoria before July 2016 gunfight at Kiir’s palace in Juba. Now when Dr Machar was unceremoniously ousted his followers in Eqautoria cannot sit on their laurels and allow Kiir and El Taban to continue confusing South Sudanese. Kiir will not rule in peace!!!!

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          • 8 February 14:21, by Eastern

            I didn’t know that you are this stupid! Who sent Kiir to struggle for independence anyway? How do those who struggled and died in the bush going to reward themselves if going to the bush was meant to benefit individuals. Next time use your brain, if you have some, to reason. Moron!

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            • 10 February 07:51, by PEACE FOR ALL

              stupid Miss. Eastern, you are totally failed to understand my point,. can you read my comment first. I don’t mean this useless war. I mean liberation war fro 1955 to 2005 ya idiot

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      • 8 February 08:39, by Lokoli

        Akuma. Everybody knows all over the world that Kirr administration have wicked people and semi-iletrate. It’s a failed state because of people like you - Akuma who are direct beneficiaries of this suffering. National dialogue?? when war is ongoing! Note: SS enemy will never allow peace in SS because they are parasite.

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        • 8 February 09:36, by Sir King

          Lokoli,
          You see, You are really disturbing the real original South Sudanese. You came from that country to disturb the living population of South Sudan.

          Why do you think EQUATORIANS claim to be the most qualified people in South Sudan. Why did they gain that higher education qualifications? It is because, they are not South Sudanese and they did not struggle. They just came to gain opportunities.

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          • 8 February 09:37, by Sir King

            - Foreigners to come and gain opportunities in NEW INDEPENDENCE NATION does not mean that they are citizens of this country. Citizens are they one who are cooperating to bring up this country. Now, they term rest of the tribes illiterate, why? It is because they remained behind to fight for 21 years against Arabs and Equatorians were just enjoying their countries of Uganda, Congo and CAR.

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            • 8 February 09:39, by Sir King

              - Balanda from Western Bhar el Ghazal and part of Western Equatoria are Pigmies from Central Africa Republic and Kakwa, Madi, Logwara, Kuku etc are inhabitants of Northern Uganda while Azande of Western Equatoria are inhabitants of Northern and North Western Congo DRC. What are you talking about ya Lokoli.

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              • 8 February 12:07, by Lokoli

                Mr Sir King. You are son of those murders in Juba. who are the original people of South Sudan? Do you know History of Sudan in general? You claim to be the original people of SS.Really? who told you that?

                The worse fighting of the SPLA/M were fought in Equatoria. Do you even know who safe Kiir from Nuer in 1991. Equatorian sons!!! ask Kiir.For your information, northern Uganda, Luo-Kenya from SS

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                • 8 February 12:18, by Lokoli

                  Sir King of Jenge. There are no different between the educated and non educated Jenge because they all behave the same. I do not know whether is in blood. A mere conversation, you see a Jenge saying I am going to kill you. Most of you cannot comprehend constructive argument. I’m I lying tell me Sir King. Even you, you do the same.

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              • 8 February 12:40, by Nationalist

                Dear Sir King, remember that there is no homogeneous country in this of our planet. Regardless of the efforts exerted by your tribe to liberate South Sudan. All tribes equally participated because if your tribe can boast of their achievements where is the family of the FOUNDING FATHER DR JOHN GARANG DE MABIOR. Are they claiming ownership of SS leadership??????

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              • 8 February 13:09, by hamil

                Sir king

                Your Ancestors sold your land to the Arabs you fool we Equatorians own this land our Ancestors occupied it way before the British colonization started....where were your ancestors then? They were busy selling your lands to the Arabs in exchange for food, they were sold into slavery, abandoned their land and ran Southwards....that is just a brief highlight for you lost boy.

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              • 8 February 17:03, by Black Africa

                Sir King, I would like to educate you a little bit. Base on history, Khartoum was Dinkas land and you can see right now Abyei Dinkas are still part of Sudanese administration not S.Sudan administration.When Arab enter Sudan they rape, kill, slaugther and etc and took your land You Dinkas run down south to South Sudan whereby the people of S.Sudan welcome you as brother and sister.

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                • 8 February 19:53, by jubaone

                  Black Africa,
                  The real war has not started yet. We are simply flushing off free roaming MTNs from our KOKORA states. No MTNs, whether their children will be allowed to settle anywhere or get education in Equatoria. If we cant gun them down, then use the "kwikwindi", the secret powder against their cows and children; just spray them.

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              • 8 February 17:03, by Black Africa

                It’s a matter of time, we are going to send you Dinkas back to your master in khartoum soon, As long Sultan Kiir is still Sultan of Dinkas in South Sudan there will not be peace in South Sudan untill Kiir is gone. We are calling on non Dinkas , it’s they duty to kill anything call Dinka in your cities, towns, villages, in your house and everywhere. I don’t want peace with Dinkas. It’s time to kil

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              • 8 February 19:45, by jubaone

                Sir King,
                B4 1972, we Equatorians had absolutely no jienges except those from Bor who carried for us water to Kator, hai Kosti and Malakia as porters. Some used to tender after Bari cows and get milk in return. Chief Andrea used to insult them "aryan jienge" till we taught them how to wear the colorful pants known as "abu nandara". They use to walk naked around Nyaing & Juba na Bari.

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          • 8 February 19:40, by jubaone

            Sir King,
            Equatoria has chosen the way of KOKORA and you jienges have all the freedom to live as you wish: kill, rape, starve your fellow jienges. Ask God and he will tell you, Equatorians are just intelligent than jienges. Read the comments on jienges in the recent beauty contest in S Africa in www.nyamile.com and you understand how worthless they are

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  • 8 February 07:01, by Freedom Advocate

    These idiots are contradicting themselves.
    Today they say it’s a coup, tomorrow it’s just a group of bandits and next it’s civil war.
    They must say what is transpiring in the country.

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    • 8 February 07:35, by wacjak

      And you Mr. intelligent, what do you say about what is happening in this country? Try to understand the context of when they are referring to the issues.

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    • 8 February 13:23, by PEACE FOR ALL

      Mr. Freedom Advocate.
      when coup failed , it becomes civil war, when civil has no vision, it becomes rebellion, when rebellion loses direction, it becomes bandits. this is the genesis of this useless war. so now what is confusing you here. what freedom are you advocating here. Don’t just get a good words in English and name yourself. Each and every names must carry a meaning. PEACE FOR ALL.

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  • 8 February 07:35, by Sadam Kuikoy

    The most stupid president on earth, Who do you think to believe on your empty words? may be few Dinkas who benefiting from the mess you have created. Shame on you Gogrial village chief!

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  • 8 February 07:37, by Lou Nuer The Great

    stupid gogrial gangs

    who start the war is you
    who massacred civilian is you
    who restart july clash is you
    so you are the one who start war and call for nothing,mother fucker where are you SPLA IO as disciplined armies under his excellency Dr Machar will teach your Anyoor alesson as you already reject peace

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  • 8 February 07:46, by Freedom Advocate

    It’s really very confusing for this cowboy to rush to a national dialogue leaving behind the peace agreement dead.
    He murdered the signed accord which was supposed to address the all outstanding issues of which the national dialogue is shouting about was one of the provisions.
    Get back to the track the peace agreement implementation, do away with poor Taban, and the rest will follow automatically.

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  • 8 February 09:25, by Dr. Rich

    Hello South sudanese
    I wonder how most of the people are internet worriors always supporting Kiir and Riek but the true for the country to be in peace. this two guys needs to step aside and maybe give chance to different person whether Dinka, nuer, shuluk, or equatorians.

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    • 8 February 12:31, by Nationalist

      Dr Rich, Cong. for your well articulated message. Both Kirr and Riak and their spla/splm are the biggest problem affecting South Sudan. No tribe is bigger than a country so i do not blame any tribe but the few individuals are finishing this country in the broad day light. All tribes of SS have contributed to the suffering of their people

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  • 9 February 12:38, by Madit Magot

    Excellent move Mr president. Make sure you keep your words. We need peace!

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  • 9 February 21:14, by Dalta Cirea

    Its come to my sense that SPLM -IO Leadership has right to reject what so call National dialogue because dialogue came after peace. The big question to the President is, Is South Sudanese are living in peace now? if no, then the National dialogue is Null.

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