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U.S. officials expected in South Sudan to assess dialogue process


President Salva Kiir (R) embraces Taban Deng Gai after his swearing-in ceremony as FVP at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, July 26, 2016 (Photo Reuters Jok Solumun)
February 20, 2017 (JUBA) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will dispatch a delegation to Juba this week to assess ways to end the war and bring peace in the troubled east African nation, South Sudanese officials disclosed.

The U.S. officials will meet key government officials, including President Salva Kiir to assess for themselves and to understand the circumstances under which the national dialogue was declared and whether it is inclusive and restorative.

A top level South Sudanese diplomat told Sudan Tribune Monday that the purpose the visit is to see how best they could work with the government to support the national dialogue initiated President Salva Kiir in December 2016.

“The new US administration is for peace, they are not for regime change as it is being propagated by some quarters of our society," said a diplomat who requested anonymity.

"The new administration is for peace and they believe that the only way to resolve political differences is not through violence but through peaceful dialogue like what President Salva Kiir has done,”. he further said.

The three-member delegation would arrive Thursday in South Sudanese capital, Juba.

The South Sudanese diplomat welcomed the visit saying it demonstrate the willingness of the new administration of the United States towards South Sudan.

On 14 December 2016, President Kiir called to hold an inclusive national dialogue process. In a speech before the national legislative assembly in Juba he said that the political process led by eminent statesmen that are "trusted, genuine and credible".

However, on 20 December he appointed a 30-member committee known for their support to his government. On the other hand, observers pointed that to the absence of the SPLM-IO factions or other opposition groups.

Opposition groups point to the need for a genuine peace before to engage in the proposed political process. Others, contested that the process be chaired by the president himself and called to hold it outside the country to allow the participation of all the armed groups.


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  • 21 February 2017 00:16, by john akeen

    Welcome to South Sudan Mr. president Donald J Trump we believe you will make the world great again because you’re the president of the great nation and because of your great and wise administration we believe 100% with your support to us, we will achieve peace for our great nation and because of you, we will make South Sudan great again, if our brothers understand SS is our freedom land

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    • 21 February 2017 02:25, by Akook

      The US visiting delegation need to be truthful, look at Juba officials in the eye and tell them, we know you have been the ones invoking war in desperate attempts to avoid real democracy in the SPLM party and in the country.
      That, this is your mess. You caused it! Here is how we think to resolve it peacefully. Not through futile military offensive that increases civilians risk of death & displaced

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      • 21 February 2017 02:33, by Akook

        US visiting delegates must be careful not to fall into Juba’s cheap tricks and propaganda of sovereignty. Because it is the USA through UN who is holding burden of Juba political madness through shouldering absolute care of millions of innocent civilians paying price as IDPs in their own or as Refugees in neighbouring countries.
        Tell them what they must do to end suffering and they will do it!

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        • 21 February 2017 06:17, by Eastern


          Your’s is an EXCELLENT & MEASURED response and observation. The kleptocrats often dilly dally on pertinent issues by invoking non-existent legitemacy which they don’t weird and sovereingty which they have effectively lost by the mass exodus of South Sudan into neighbouring countries.

          Thanks Akook for your response!

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    • 21 February 2017 06:23, by jubaone

      John Akeen,
      You can talk all your jienge bullshit as you wish, there is no peace without involving the IO, period. Kiir´s attitude stems from his cultural background that understands no rules. His are jienge rules that DONT go with the rest SS. IGAD brokered the ARCISS 2015, he refused it and wants his own version of peace. He thinks he owns SS. Either we share alltogether or we spoil it, Simple.

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      • 21 February 2017 07:43, by john akeen

        I want you to go back and read what I have wrote and I want you to understand it before you respond ok, in my commen, I didn’t say anything about any tribe and if you are south sudanese, you should respect my comment and I am not reble or a government I’am a civilian, so you need to stop attacking civilians ok, yes I’m dinka yes I’m nuer yes I’m all the tribes of SS and yes I love SS and

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        • 21 February 2017 07:44, by john akeen

          do you have problem with that?

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          • 21 February 2017 08:30, by jubaone

            John Akeen,
            If you failed to take advice from sister countries of IGAD, how would Trump who has low regards for Blacks in USA have regards for Black Africans so far away? You believe the White man will solve your problems? Some o you jienges have accused the US, Troika, and Norway for wanting a regime change. Now you want help from the very people you accuse. How disgusting, it simply sucks!

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            • 21 February 2017 09:04, by South South


              Why are you running around and attacking anyone who want peace in South Sudan? You should be talking about sharing it together, you have good point there, but when you talk about spoiling it, it shows that you are a bad guy with heart full with hatred toward one tribe in South Sudan. The good news is that you are powerless, nothing you do other than internet war.

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              • 21 February 2017 14:56, by jubaone

                South South,
                Kiir has brought disgrace and shame to all of us in SS. He has caused millions of our people to flee the country, millions today are starving and dying silently all over the South. Schools, hospitals, roads and services have collapsed even in jienge states without war. The only thing that functions is the -jienge army, who rob, rape and kill. Is that peace? He is the problem.

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            • 21 February 2017 18:03, by john akeen

              I think I’m wasting time reading you dumb articles, what did I IGAD do for African? and what do for Somalian and Congolese? IGAD they don’t have any power any where they only do what UN tells them to do OK. If they have power then why we have UN in Africa land? Anyway you tell me who is protecting reafgieis or civilians in your own country right now? It is a white man world

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    • 21 February 2017 08:20, by doot

      A high level engagement with U.S.officials, south sudan government doesnot reject it.Assessment will do no harm;however,it will lift the ties of two government to the next level.Next level promises us with peace than this current level. Therefore,our expectation that U.S. OFFICIALS will asses dialogue process is deep.

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    • 21 February 2017 08:38, by Sadam Kuikoy

      Trump,s administration need to study the so call government in south Sudan before they jumped into so call national dialogue.
      How come they talk of national dialogue when there is no peace?

      they need to know the root-cause of the problem in the first place and acquainted themselves with premature/tribal politics of Jieng as a tribe, not a government at all.

      First pressurized the so call Dinka government to accept peace as it was signed in 2015, implement it fully and the national dialogue will automatically come by itself.

      No peace in the first place No national dialogue period.
      Secondly, it should be an inclusive national dialogue which should include all warring parties and other political parties
      NOT JIENG COUNCIL OF ELDEST ALONE nominated by kirr based on his interest.

      Trump ’s administration please give yourself a time to study the situation in south Sudan and take concrete action against Dinka government otherwise, his soldiers will be continuing raping American ladies has you might have heard of Terent hotel incidence in 2016.

      We need inclusiveness where 64 tribes of south Sudan should be equal otherwise Dinka kingdom will never be allowed to continue.

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    • 21 February 2017 08:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      If U.S need durable peace in the Republic of South Sudan, then let 7 organization blacklist Riek Machar,
      UN, EU, AU, IGADD, JMEC, US and Troika condemn Riek Machar career in politics.

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      • 21 February 2017 11:18, by Eastern


        Dr Riek Machar is "grounded in South Africa, like a broken down car" as El Tsbani said. Leave him out of the current mess. Why don’t you as yourself this simple question: why can’t the Kiir-Taban alliance, blessed by these 7 organisations not bring peace to South Sudan if the alliance is genuine and inclusive? Stop being naive!

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      • 21 February 2017 15:06, by jubaone

        Ayuiu Makuach,
        It is such jienge attitudes that we shall not compromise. Riak, Kiir each can contest freely in democratic and peaceful elections but NONE should dictate who should and who should not. The SS is not your father´s luak. Either we all accept ourselves as SS or we blow it up. We have reached a Point of no return to Business as usual; jienges cant freely talk to Nuers, Equatorians or ..

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        • 21 February 2017 15:13, by jubaone

          ..other nationalities from WBG, Upper Nile etc. There is so much hatred and the only thinkable option is for us to go separate ways.Kiir has established 32 states and each one must go back to his/her state. Transfer the capital city from Juba, take the dollars, oil even today to Ramciel. We Equatorians DONT care and are better off without all these.

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    • 21 February 2017 12:44, by Lokoli

      Let them come and see everything with robots. It’s a shame for president who was not even elected by South Sudanese. The voting was mean for yes or no to remain in Sudan. Unfortunately the semi-illiterate believes that they were elected. Who did he compete with??? Elected, elected, elected rubbished. Trump will get hell out of you, if you don’t know who is Trump.

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  • 21 February 2017 03:51, by Atemjak

    I believed that the Government has learned a lesson that building of a nation is not easy and require inclusiveness and also i believed that arms opposition has also learned that you don’t need to take arms and make destruction in order to correct government, you can not allow yourself to be use to destroy you country which you claimed you love that is not supposed to be. Take this opportunity and

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    • 21 February 2017 04:18, by barbayo

      you are right, Raik Machar want become president by shortcut and he failed some other they ran because of accountability of public resources and joint rebels lead by Raik who failed from shortcut, now other option is National dialogue give pave to those who hold arm against his or her own country

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      • 21 February 2017 06:31, by jubaone

        Your elders of the jienge criminal enterprise (jce) have talked this "coup" shit into your heads to the point your thinking is screwed by default. What shortcut? Kiir foolishly thought that democratic elections in the SPLM in 2013 was itself a coup? What national dialogue? If ARCISS failed, why should the ND succeed wher there are NO independent observers, monitors, freedom and security?

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        • 21 February 2017 07:29, by Theallseeingeye

          you have to understand that most of the minority don’t give a shit about Riak machar cuz he used to be part of game too. they are following his movement because its a little bit inclusive and they want to survive extinction. because JCE literally want to wipe them away... just look at what happen in Wau recently, cows escorted by heavy army be grazed in your farm and you not have to say...

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          • 21 February 2017 07:34, by Theallseeingeye

            anything, but went you open your mouth, you are in trouble, when you fight back, the government without any shame would go on media claim that you have rebel against.. then what do you expect from them?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

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        • 21 February 2017 13:03, by barbayo

          I know you can understand,but this reality , Raik Machar was did shortcut to eyes of South Sudanese, is it new story, i heard that last week you requested ticket from Thomas Cirlio proved to Ethiopia as to appoint you as spoke person of Equatoria movement ,

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          • 21 February 2017 18:41, by jubaone

            First write proper English for me to understand you, or at best try "thokjienge" if you cant. Anyway, I am a proud Equatorian and support Thomas Cirillo in his views just as you support your jienge criminal elders jce, or Kiir for promoting jiengeism. We are now at war, an eye for eye and tooth for a tooth and to hell with peace. No national dialogue, no peace. That is jienge crap

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  • 21 February 2017 03:54, by Atemjak

    Burden your arm struggle to allow peace to take a chance.

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  • 21 February 2017 08:05, by Acra Genesis

    The new administration of US under Donald TRUMP is welcome to these war tone country to find ways of bringing an end to war,but the question is,are they confident of bring the only one,His Excellence RIEK Machar back to the country for the dialogue they are talking about.

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  • 21 February 2017 08:43, by James

    I wonder why many of the South Sudanese are so innocent that they don’t learn from history! The US policy towards South Sudan can’t be changed with the new Trump Admin. The first question we need to ask is who fueled the crisis in South Sudan? US is already in South Sudan. Who do you think UN work for? In history, no crisis has been solved by US!!

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  • 21 February 2017 08:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    World leaders are not angered on South Sudan destabilization, because it is a project where they getting resources.

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  • 21 February 2017 08:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Obama administration has finished South Sudan, yet Donald Trump administration want a complete destruction because they are allowing Riek Machar activities to be the against regime and against the citizens of country.

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  • 21 February 2017 08:55, by James

    The Trump delegation is coming with its agenda, if you people are waiting for a solution from US, time will tell you. America First!!! what does that mean? Do you think US will put South Sudan First? Tell me if US has achieved peace in the following nations Somalia, Iraq, Libya, DRC, CAR, Syria, Bosnia, Palestine, Sudan, Yemen....etc.


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  • 21 February 2017 09:03, by James

    US formula is very simple : CREATE A CRISIS AND COME WITH THE CRISIS MANAGEMENT TOOL, so thats what the Trump admin. is coming with.

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  • 21 February 2017 10:20, by Kush Natives

    Stupid Negros(dead) Dance till your thigh gets soured! The man’s delegations will be here to reviews the long terms assistant that RoSS have been getting from his predecessor, and the states. Your orphanage nation is done! Mr. president Kiir should primarily starts looking for another country to lead. We’re completely done, but not done!

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  • 21 February 2017 11:10, by Tharjiath

    Rotten Government in Juba they have respond very fast they thought that it’s Obama administration, very soon the people of South Sudan will free from JCE Council since Kiir and his rotten government press on behave of America in juba

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  • 21 February 2017 17:47, by Nationalist

    I love some comments here, i think we SS are already defeated with running our country’s affairs. You can’t invite hungry tigers & lions to come and mediate between goats & sheep. If those who have authority to manage the affairs of our country have failed & they cannot leave the realm let us divide the entity into three portions. We shall know who are the best managers.

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  • 21 February 2017 20:35, by lino

    Dr. John Garang once said Sudan will never be the same again after the CPA signing, and thus the prophecy is still rolling. We have the big Sudan divided leaving both parts with infighting.
    Now South Sudan is divided in ethnic groups which will bring the country down, and Northern Sudan will follow the same line!!!

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