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April 1, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebel leader, Riek Machar met the head of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Festus Mogae in Pretoria, South Africa, where the two discussed President Salva Kiir’s calls for a unilateral ceasefire and a national dialogue.

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Botswana’s former president Festus Mogae (Photo File AFP)

The meeting held on 31 March, officials said, mainly focused on ways of finding meaningful solutions to the conflict in war-hit South Sudan.

Machar’s press secretary, Lam Kuei Lam confirmed the Pretoria meeting, saying it was part of finding a solution to South Sudan’s war.

“On item one, the chairman did inform President Mogae that indeed SPLM/SPLA-IO is not a war mongering but act on self-defense. On the second and three, the chairman called for initiation of a political forum for the parties to engage on the peaceful settlement of the conflict, resuscitate and review the ARCISS [Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan],” said Lam.

He added, “On ceasefire, once the forum is initiated a cessation of hostilities would be negotiated by the parties”.

Machar, Lam said, criticized the chairman of South Sudan’s peace monitoring body for failing to implement the peace as agreed upon.

Among the other issues cited as “failures” of the peace monitoring body is the continued displacement of thousands of South Sudanese to neighbouring nations and the famine that has hit the country.

This is the first meeting Mogae initiated with the South Sudanese rebel leader when the latter fled after the July 2016 clashes in the capital, Juba.

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  • 2 April 2017 09:21, by Dalta Cirea

    Ceasefire agreement is one process for the peace agreement. To declare ceasefire, initiate the political dialogue first and negotiate the ceasefire deal then see the other items as the way forward to achieve durable peace south sudan.

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  • 2 April 2017 10:01, by jubaone

    Dalta,
    Riak is NOT reinventing the wheel. He has emphasized the importance of reviving ARCISS 2015. Anything less than this us bullshit. The national dialogue is just a complementary. One thing is very important, without Riak and his group, Kiir can stick that document down his pants and shit 💩 on it.

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    • 2 April 2017 10:32, by Malakal county Simon

      Mogae should simply resign or implement SSRCA according the way it was sign other than that is rubbish....

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    • 3 April 2017 10:28, by Sadam Kuikoy

      Very funny, I said some time back that Kirr and the failed so call Mogae will be the one to look for Machar because without him peace will never prevail, how is it now? he will come back to Juba again to implemented the real peace not the fake one of Tabanist.Lol!

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  • 2 April 2017 11:00, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    it is very clwear and well known to every Africab man and woman that former pressident Festus Mogae is still poorest man in africa eventhough he was a pressident.and that is why he accepted to get a blood job to get money in south sudan.he should resign if he was not poor former pressident in a poor counrty.polease Mogea,blood money and rchness are not bless.you still remain poor as you was a poor

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  • 2 April 2017 13:38, by puok kamler

    People of south sudan call for the replacement of JMEC chairperson, Festu Mogae but IGAD still have their business in s.sudan.... the world must listen to peoples’ voices, we need the Ausgust 2015 agreement be revived, the country is at war now! we the People need PEACE!!!!

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    • 2 April 2017 14:01, by Akook

      President Mogae had failed no doubt. Let us give him a second chance to bring this country together.

      Mogae wrongly applied a very delicate professional approach which is good for intellectuals who respect what they signed! But Juba cronies are a bunch of thugs!

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      • 2 April 2017 14:08, by Akook

        Mogae’s main task is not peace implementation as they say for everybody in and out knows peace is dead and war is going on now in Equatoria and Upper Nile.

        His main duties are to mediate and bring war and mass exodus of people fleeing South Sudan to an end! Will Pres Mogae and his team for the second time fail that task remains to be seen?!!

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      • 2 April 2017 16:32, by jubaone

        Akook,
        Our people have no second chances to make as you assume. Mogae has failed and he must go, period. What second chance? All armed Opposition have made a choice to kick out the Kiirminal. He refuses, than we all go down the drain and destroy the South Sudan. The rest can come and pick of what is leftover. We did not fight the jellaba to be replaced by a jienge slave.

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        • 3 April 2017 03:21, by Dinka-Defender-General

          Mi Diit, Jubaone, and other internet warriors, please stay out of peace accord process. Machar must agree to all Mogae requests or stay in South Africa for life. Remember he cannot come back to South Sudan unless he denounces the violence and agree to the term of agreement without conditions. We, the South Sudan leaders and the world leaders agree that Machar is a murderer and he must be treated..

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          • 3 April 2017 06:26, by Eyez

            Dinka Toothless Animal
            Like it or not, R. Macher is the key to any genuine peace in S. Sudan. Mr. F. Mogae has compromised his integrity, status and position by jumping into bed with Mr. Jienge president Kiir, therefore, inorder for him (Mogae) to save his face, he must go, since he has lost his credibility as an Elder, Mediator and a Peace-Maker.
            As for you MTNs, we got something readymade!
            X1

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            This meeting shows how powerful Riek Machar is.
            There is no peace without his participation.
            The sooner we realize this the better for
            For SouthSudan as a country.

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