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February 8, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan president Salva Kiir has threatened major offensives should the armed opposition continue to reject his calls for national dialogue, as the best approach and viable way to end conflict in the country.

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South Sudanese president Salva Kiir (Photo: Reuters)

“If they don’t listen to the voices which call for peace, I will declare war against them. I don’t think there is anyone of you who will blame me again”, said the South Sudanese leader.

Kiir, speaking at a public rally Tuesday, declared his intention to “exhaust all means of getting peace back to the country, citing national dialogue as one of the means.

“The dialogue I declared recently is one of the means that might bring our people back home. When our parliamentarians return from recess, that is the time we will sit down together so that we talk about how to restore peace," said the president in a speech broadcast on the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation.

President Kiir said there was no other viable alternative to end the ongoing war in the country, apart from resolving existing differences through a national dialogue initiative.

“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,” he remarked, while addressing a large gathering in South 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 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 had dismissed Kiir’s dialogue initiative, saying the process can only succeed if peace was 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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  • 9 February 06:46, by koang mi kei

    Kirr has forget this word threaten become familiar with south Sudanese is not a new thing in the ears of us all, how long will you led this nation to hell? i just want to inform south Sudanese who are loyalist to their country if Kiir choose to fight what will we gain? and if we united ourselves what will we get? we can ask ourselves such a question so that we can find solution

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    • 9 February 09:18, by Mayom County Troops

      Koang Mi Kei
      president Salva Kiir Mayardit have right to threaten those remnants who are disturbing the whole nation daily
      like what is happening in Upper Nile state Johnson forces are attacking SPLA troops always .

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      • 9 February 18:43, by Chong Thow

        For those who are saying kir has a right to threaten people who oppose his fake peace dialog. He says,he has no choice. The country is on war already. What he is talking about? There is better peace then the peace that he was destroyed last year. This time, nobody is fool again for fake peace agreemen.

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  • 9 February 07:02, by Eyez

    Kiir is the most stupid President that time has seen, because how can he threaten people with war when there is already a full scale war all over the country.

    These "bubble thoughts" of the JCE to intimidate the non-MTNs are useless and our people will not stop until the Jienge kingdom is burn down to ashes.

    We will defend our people, land with dignity until the last Equatorian standing falls.

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    • 9 February 08:51, by Akuma

      Eyez,

      Only those whom wage war to South Sudanese people will hear this concrete speech of President. Yes Mr. President South Sudanese people are behind you if oppositions forces don’t want to listen to the voice of peace. People of South Sudan will used difference forces to end the war.

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      • 9 February 10:56, by jubaone

        Akuma,
        Just say "we the jienges are behind you Mr. President" and NOT SS. Cos all other tribes are peaceful except the jienges who are causing so much nuisance and chaos. Well, I have no problems if they restrict this anarchy to their luaks. But everyhere they go (MTN), they just bring trouble. Kiir doesnt produce guns, he buys them so he cant threaten the opposition, thats jiengshit ya mayardit.

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  • 9 February 07:21, by Sir King

    Because just people don’t want Dinka, the liberators, then you are free to declare war. Although you are weak, you did not acquire your leadership through coup, killing of other tribes or Korkora, but it was a matter of slow trail of approaches until you reach the right seat. Allow us to go for genocide, otherwise, let them finish Dinka or we finish them. That is why Rwanda is in peace now...

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    • 9 February 19:58, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      You liberate yourself from idiocy then you can liberate the others, pls read the bible ya jienge kaffir. Yes, lets go for it, you jienges against the rest and we see who will remain in SS. One thing is clear, you have no friends in SS at all. You must fight it alone. You have smeared yourselves with shit and that stinks. Good luck!

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  • 9 February 07:24, by Sir King

    - This is nonsense really, even stupidest young people are writing on tribal websites that Dinka, Dinka, Dinka,....and remember this attitude will lead all of us to hell. No Dinka supports Salva Kiir but Kiir himself as a leader has his own strategies of clinking to power, then you foolishly and sheepishly here talking about Dinka. Remember, taking this power by force is the worst thing ever.

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    • 9 February 08:15, by Tilo

      The question you need to ask yourself is why other tribes preach hate about Dinka?
      To solve a problem you need to find the root cause of the problem and resolve it.
      But if we continue with this attitude south Sudanese will kill them selves and Sudan will come and take South Sudan back ... South Sudan [COUNTRY] is coming to an end.
      BE FRIENDLY AND FAIR TO OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY MAN

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  • 9 February 07:24, by Sir King

    - This is nonsense really, even stupidest young people are writing on tribal websites that Dinka, Dinka, Dinka,....and remember this attitude will lead all of us to hell. No Dinka supports Salva Kiir but Kiir himself as a leader has his own strategies of clinking to power, then you foolishly and sheepishly here talking about Dinka. Remember, taking this power by force is the worst thing ever.

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  • 9 February 07:28, by Sir King

    - If you take this power now the way you want to take it with you Fucken UN, do you think Dinka communities with their aligns will go and sit without any reprisal. The best way is to go for peace first and we go for change of leadership. Remember even most Dinka are also suffering, but basing bad leadership on Dinka will never help this nation believe me.

    Sorry indeed.

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  • 9 February 07:33, by Sir King

    - People talk of burning down Jieng Kingdom, never will it happen. Dinka remain Dinka and we are people like you. When your leader, Joseph Langu led this country, Dinka were there keeping quiet waiting for their chance. But the problem with you, EQUATORIANS is greediness, what did Joseph Langu do, he handed over power to Arabs because of food. He was lure with food by Nimeiri. Silly creatures!

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  • 9 February 07:36, by Sir King

    - Langu would still be a president now if you think you are better creatures. You are really lacking shame in this country and you are the very people destroying this country. There are season of good harvests and bad harvests, but why do you want every season to be Sunday?
    By the way, revise you attitude towards Dinka, otherwise, South Sudan will go to hell.

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    • 9 February 08:04, by jubaone

      Sir King,
      Ya jienge, dont sqeal yet. Sadam Hussein threatened with "mother of all battles" what happened? Kiir will take himself as his jienges down to hell. You may brag for now, but GOd forbid should that change, then know for sure, only revenge. Already, we have most MTN flushed out of Equatoria except in Juba. That will continue. Who is "Langu?" Oh you meant "Lagu?" ya jienge!

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    • 9 February 13:48, by Wau son

      let it go to hell because we want fuck the shit called Dinka and remove it like a cancer from our skins.We need drink your blood man.we need Rwanda to come here in What so called South Fuck Sudan.So that we see and waitness One against thirty three( 1 against 63) how will it go,who will reamin to rule this country after everybody has died.Fuck?????

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    • 9 February 15:46, by Eastern

      South Sudan is already in hell! Kiir is already waging a futile war which he is threatening to start.

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  • 9 February 07:56, by real Dinka

    I hate both Kirr and Riek to hell, leave the country alone

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  • 9 February 07:59, by Sir King

    Real Dinka,
    You are absolutely right. But why others say, they don’t want Dinka, is it correct?

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    • 9 February 08:23, by hamil

      You stupid moron sir King,

      Who told you everyone hates Dinka? It is Dinka like you that we hate, the problem in South Sudan is caused by few minority Dinka of which your own relatives could be active participants. You people of Bar-el-Ghazal destroyed this nation but you won’t get away with it. It is a matter of time.

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    • 9 February 08:29, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/S King

      Yes it is correct if you Dinkas don’t distance yourself from supporting unwanted kiir tribal government!!!!

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    • 9 February 08:35, by nuer food lovers

      Sir king .. Kiir mayardit is the useless president in the whole world. Is comfortable now with situation the country. We all know he is not a president. Malong Awan and Boma madut are running the country in their crazy way.. And ur foolish majority are running their silly mouth.

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  • 9 February 08:20, by Eyez

    Sir King!
    Its a waste of time to indulge with a brainless animal like you due to your low capacity of thinking and reasoning.

    But, before I let go, I will school you just on one thing.
    It was your kind in the form and shape of Abel Aliar who was used as a tool by the Jalaba to corrupt Joseph Lagu.

    "Never argue with a fool, people won’t notice the difference" so I will stop here, understood?

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  • 9 February 08:24, by Unionist Agent

    Those activist on Sudan Tribune preaching hate against Dinka are drunk and lost. There is a big difference between government and Dinka as a nation. Salva Kiir was not elected as president of South Sudan because he comes from Dinka nation. However, these idiots keep on talking about elimination of Dinka nation in the face of earth bse Kiir comes from Dinka. No common sense in it.

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    • 9 February 08:37, by Tilo

      Unionist Agent
      Yes there is a big difference between Dinka tribe [but not a Nation]; and the government.
      People start relating Dinka in the government since Kirr allows Jieng council of elders to interferes in the country’s affaires. Keep JCE from politics and people will avoid relating ethnic Dinka with the gov’t.
      And please learn to live in peace with other community in SS

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      • 9 February 08:55, by Unionist Agent

        Tilo,

        By all measures, Dinka can’t be leveled as a tribe, it is bigger than a tribe and hence a nation.

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    • 9 February 08:43, by nuer food lovers

      U primitive and treacherous, foolish majority of Barh el gazal are the one dragging Dinka name in the country mess headed by Kiir coz u luck common sense to convinence people of South Sudan.. Only using a Dinka as your cheap propagandas to clique in powered as you used Barh el gazal to squeezing Garang.. Ur leaders in Barh el gazal are divisional, they lack ability to brain wash people out of thei

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      • 9 February 09:00, by Unionist Agent

        Nuer Food Lovers or whatever, it is clear that you are uneducated and hence confused. Please acquaint yourself with real life issues before involving yourself in affairs that are beyond your understanding. I believe your knowledge of Bahr el Ghazal you have been insulting and South Sudan in general is very very shallow. Shame on you!

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        • 9 February 10:13, by nuer food lovers

          south sudan..country under the mercy of the madmen...am much more inform then you think..Yogalsivia in making in south sudan..we can not afford to be brutalize and rule by most primitive community in south sudan..Pagan Amum oyee..Majak Agot oyeee..Upper Nile oyeee..kiir regretting the seperation of south sudan..how mad is that!!!!he thought taking throne is like going to dancing group..John Kudusa

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    • 9 February 13:59, by Wau son

      You what so ever call yourself union or what.do you why all non Dinka are hating Dinka? You Dinka people have put yourselves into one column behind Slava that you are hated. Kiir and his Dog call Malong plus the Most triblic organization called (Jeing council of Elders) are luring you behind them in the name SPLA protecting president(Dot Ku Benje)but they taking you to your Doom and last destiny

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      • 9 February 14:12, by Unionist Agent

        Wau Son,If truly you are from Wau, then it must be one of the areas South of Wau, because that’s were some children/boys were brainwashed by Prophet of Doom to hate and wage a senseless war against the country, and in the process targeting the Dinka. If I ask you personally why you hate Dinka, some of your answers will be like; they are tall, rich, handsome, they have cows, they have chickens.

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  • 9 February 08:54, by Sir King

    nuer food lovers,
    Your prophet, Riek Machar is gone and will never appear again unless he denounces the violence. He wants the leadership but the same people he wants to finish are the same people he wants to lead. Look! He finishes Lou Nuer with intention. How can he kill people this way? Riek Machar be a bad leader and greedy at the same time.

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    • 9 February 11:03, by Lou Nuer The Great

      fuckin sir king don’t insult machar for nothing who massacre Lou nuer in juba,or whole nuer nation fuck up am here in Bieh state WAAT SPLA IO controlled area vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  • 9 February 09:34, by Kush Natives

    Riek Machar had dismissed Kiir’s dialogue initiative, saying the process can only succeed if peace was restored in the war-torn nation!
    Waaw! So, will we South Sudanese people hold ourselves hostage, because of one man? Riek Machar himself needs to come back from S Africa in order for his dismissal of Kiir’s dialogue effect! We need him here, so that he sees or witness the suffering of an innocent

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  • 9 February 11:00, by Lou Nuer The Great

    SPLA IO vivaaaaa Dr Machar vivaaaa General Simon Gatwech Dual vivaaa

    these stupid gogrial gang threat nothing we SPLA IO are ready to confront this undisciplined militia of anyoor,please south sudanese brothers and sisters time has come for SPLA IO to start offensive war instead of seldefence

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  • 9 February 11:26, by Sir King

    Lou Nuer the Great,

    You people don’t think well. We have forgotten the 200,000 Dinka Bor you massacred in 1991-1993. And we have also forgotten the over 10,000 Dinka you have massacred in Malakal, Bor, and Bentiu. Does it mean that those ones you massacred were not human beings? That is why I say, you are really half human beings!

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    • 9 February 12:18, by Madit Magot

      Salva Kiir must not let these words come out of his mouth! you can’t talk peace and walk the war! We are tired of war, we need peace and an exemplary leader who shows the way and lead the way, not a leader who talk wars and walk the wars. God Bless South Sudan.

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  • 9 February 12:21, by Freedom Advocate

    Kiir is really on crack!
    Declare war?
    OK hurry up and see where you will move you asshole.

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  • 9 February 12:45, by Nationalist

    I have been convinced beyond reasonable doubt that most people who comment on this website are either unaware of the content they are commenting on or their main motive is to spread hatred & discrimination. Kirriak are the main diseases affecting the country. There is no tribe in the world which is a nation & there is no single nation in the world which is a tribe. Stop fooling yourself guys

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    • 9 February 13:40, by Unionist Agent

      Nationalist,
      I will disagree with you on your definition and general understanding of the term ’’nation,’’ but so far in the whole world, there is no such big tribe as Dinka, and which qualifies it as a nation. By the way, don’t confuse Country with Nation, they are very different! I wish I should lecture you on that beautifully. Dinka is a nation, not tribe, RECOGNIZED.

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      • 9 February 16:23, by marie

        Union or whatever your name. Our problem in South Sudan we do not educate ourselves despite all the resources out there. How can dinka be the biggest tribe in the World when the population of South Sudan is ten million and Ijo the smallest tribe in Nigeria is ten million. I still hear people saying South Sudan is bigger than East Africa. Please my brothers get out of the box and reason.

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  • 9 February 14:09, by Wau son

    even you yourselves who called yourselves nation ,can you tolerate Dinka pagam or Pakuaj with your so called nation? Can you people of your nation Apellang in Upper Nile,Dinka Malwal in Aweil?Apadang in Fashoda.nonsense that one is a fake nation. We will give what you want and stand to see how form your. If you don’t kill each other everyday.in the name of revenge killing and cattle theft

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    • 9 February 14:24, by Unionist Agent

      Wau Son,
      How can South Sudan and Dinka in particular be in peace when all you do, day in day out is preach hatred, fear, war and all sorts of evils? You need to come back and love life, our President has declared national dialogue, come tell us your problem, if you rebelled bse I impregnated your uncle’s daughter, I will account for that, and do the needful. You seem to have been bewitched, idiot.

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  • 9 February 14:53, by Uncle J

    Keep your words Mr. president, very soon our jet fighters will rain on them in Fagak-the rebels head quarter. Don’t worry about sanctions Sudan survives American sanctions for 20 years

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  • 9 February 18:32, by nuer food lovers

    the coming war is a war of survival..not Nuer or Dinka war.50000000 starving, 450000 cross the border for refuge. Aldo Ajou one of the notorious JCE today..s.sudan is only 13 millions which mean the whole nations on death row..primitive community are preaching tribal hatred , sir king and unionist agent.fool must put in mind ,European were driven out by the African with their deadly machine>>>

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    • 9 February 18:38, by nuer food lovers

      make sure that fake slogan of Dinka being target will not longer work..Riek must isolated and we take new strategies to deal with kiir and malong Awan with their villages boy mathiang Anyor.kiir and malong family living in luxuries in Livington and kampala are not the future of south sudan.

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  • 9 February 21:03, by Dalta Cirea

    President Kirr Threaten of War is not new. people of South Sudan Still fighting till today.

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  • 9 February 23:01, by john akeen

    Will some Nuers the don’t understand anything else then war and kill, so tell me what do you want president Salva Kiir Mayardit to do for you to let the war goaway from SSUDANESE land, if he refuse to accept resignation or to step-down because of you?

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  • 9 February 23:32, by Black Africa

    Right now the problem of South Sudan is Sultan Kiir and JCE but let me remain you the followers of Sultan Kiir and JCE supporter if you look farther you will feel it that your life is in danger, just look at Africans Dictator when they are overthrow from the government what happen to their supporters they have to leave the country for good.

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  • 9 February 23:32, by Black Africa

    my concern is people everywhere in this world hates you guys and you guys know that better than everyone because I have seen it with my own eye.The only people who concern you guys as human being is only us but you turn against us.I am just wondering in the future if Sultan Kiir and JCE is gone, I think you will be untouchable people.

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    • 10 February 07:19, by john akeen

      SS is your country it is your choice to keep it safe or to destroy it, I just want to let you all to know that,if your house is on fire, what would you do to kill the fire?

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