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May 3, 2017 (NAIROBI) – The South Sudanese diaspora civil society coalition has called for the resuscitation of the 2015 peace agreement, urging the peace grantors to bring together both sides for a politically meaningful gathering to discuss the way forward after the three-year conflict in the country.

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South Sudanese people take to the streets as part of a peace march organised by civil society groups in the capital, Juba, on 8 January 2014 (Photo AP/Ali Ngethi)

The peace grantors include TROIKA, African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nation Security Council.

In a joint statement signed by the Congress of South Sudanese Patriotic for Peace, Aghut Foundation, South Sudanese Peace Coalitions and the Youth Pioneers, it was stated that for real peace to be achieved, there is a need for the two leaders to iron out their grievances.

The communique went on to say that the commitment to a dialogue has to take place before the declaration of a permanent ceasefire is made.

“We the undersigned South Sudanese civil society coalitions in Diasporas have called the peace grantors IGAD, AU, TROIKA and UN Security Council to resuscitate the compromised peace agreement, allow Dr Riek Machar to come back to South Sudan and join his comrade President Salva Kiir to declare a unanimous permanent ceasefire in the nation,” the statement read.

The precarious peace agreement was signed on August 17, 2015, and was mediated by IGAD. The agreement was foiled following a renewed clash between the two warring groups in Juba on July 8, 2016.

The hostility between Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and their opposition (SPLM-IO) continues and both sides believe that a military solution will end the conflict.

“The civil societies are outraged and frustrated by prejudice decision from the peace partners for holding Dr Machar hostage in South Africa without giving any public testimonial to the South Sudanese citizens on such disturbing man- made catastrophe that detriment the country, the citizens’ rights and the national democracy,” the statement added.

The groups have demanded the immediate replacement of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairman Festus Mogae. This decision was caused by what they described as a “bias performance” and not abiding by the IGD’s principles and neutrality of international obligations toward the implementation of the peace accord, since the fighting on July 8.

“Mr Mogae failed to condemn and report to the UN Security Council all the violations of a peace agreement, as crimes committed against civilians and serious military offensive in the Upper Nile and Equatoria region, perpetuated by the two warring factions,” the statement read.

The groups also accused the former Mogae of meeting with the rebel leader in South Africa, leaving behind First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, who replaced Machar in a controversial decision in which they said was part of the move.

the official announcement went on to state that, “for the permanent ceasefire to be achieved in war-torn South Sudan, IGAD and peace partners should rationally consider and implement this national call without giving any political pre-condition or delaying tactics. The failure for regional and international partners to deliberate the magnificent weights, the South Sudanese citizens both at home and Diasporas, will forcefully conduct an open-end mass demonstration to express their enshrined constitutional right.”

The groups have welcomed the arrival of regional forces in Juba, urging the IGAD and other stakeholders to speed up the re-negotiation of peace, ending the civilians suffering.

“We welcomed the arrival of the first batch of regional troops in Juba on Sunday. We appeal to the international community to expedite the transportation of the remaining forces for the worthy return of all stakeholders who are signatories to the agreement,” the statement said.

The groups have however condemned the atrocities committed by both armies, engineering regular displacement and the aggressive killing and raping of innocent civilians that disrespected both the national and international law.

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  • 4 May 02:21, by john akeen

    Fuck you, who told you we need Riek Machar back to south sudan, we the citizen we do not want Riek Machar back and our government are not going anywhere to re-negotiate any peace agreement with anybody, just put this in mind if Riek Machar come back to south sudan again, we the citizen are the one who is going to get him kill this time and government can stay back and watch Riek dying

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    • 4 May 09:28, by Eastern

      john akeen,

      It is you WHO SHOULD BE FUCKED UP! Don’t write your comments with WE. Talk of I that’s when you can be taken seriously. Most of your dinka people are suffering because the few of you who may have access to the dwindling resources continue to believe KIIR IS RIGHT; MACHAR IS WRONG!

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      • 4 May 09:47, by South South

        Eastern,
        I would not use the same language you used above, but you people are very funny. You want to kill Dinka and chase them away from South Sudan and at the same time you want Dinka to cooperate with you to kick out Kiir. Dinka are standing with Kiir because they have been targeted by you, Jubaone and all of rebels. Your anti-Dinka will keep kiir in power for another 40 years, prepare

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        • 4 May 10:41, by Eastern

          South South,

          Those of you who want to use their blood to keep Kiir at J1 better rethink their strategy; Kiir personally doesn’t have those 40 years on his card. Just read the comment of that dinka zealot going by the alias john akeen before you react. Nobody is asking dinka to join hands with them to see Kiir’s back.

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          • 4 May 12:48, by South South

            We are with Kiir, period. Kiir will live as long as God wants, and when he leaves our world we have 2000 hawks in line to replace him. Give each one of them 20 years in power, you end up waiting for 40000 years. One more thing, if you make comparison between Kiir and those hawks, Kiir is an angel. Terrible for you Eastern.

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  • 4 May 03:37, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Well done compatriot fellow countrymen n wonen, that shows your genuine commitment towards your counterparts. In deed this man made catastrophic brutal acts end. This is also good indication to push for everlasting peace agreement though nothing is ever ending within the South Sudanese context!Let’s give this a go

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  • 4 May 06:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

    JOHN AKEEN, those aren,t civil society but wolves in sheep skin (rebel) calling renogatiation in the name civil society.

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  • 4 May 07:00, by Garang Akeen Tong

    You are wolves in sheep skin, you aren,t civil society coalition but rebel coalition, get out of here, fuck call to renogatiate and resignation of JMEC is uncalled, are you talking renogatiation or reinstatement of Riak Machar? all ACRSS is already implemented in spirit and letter.

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  • 4 May 07:28, by ayellopanyodo

    Kids just on their mouth fuck which is being pronouncing daily by the street boys,how come a human being on the earth does n,t want peace only thugs and mafia does n,t want peace,go head my country men and women we are being you together with world and the peace lovers may God bless you

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    • 4 May 07:51, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      They are sheep in wolves skins just read behind the lines and remember what the IO statements release have been all along.

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  • 4 May 09:32, by Eastern

    South Sudanese should not allow themselves to be represented by CIVIL SOCIETIES any more; it’s time to come out individually and act!

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    • 4 May 09:41, by South South

      Eastern,

      You have right to do that, I don’t see anything bad with that.

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      • 4 May 10:42, by Eastern

        South South,

        I am already doing that at multiple fronts. Stick with Kiir....

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  • 4 May 09:54, by JUNUBDA

    The So called South Sudanese diaspora civil society coalition is not clear, whether they support which side of conflict, They come to South Sudan to participate in peace National dialogue. Their called has no meaning this time.Oppositions should be the one in diaspora.I hope TROIKA,AU,IGAD should not spent their money this time for such calls by who called themselves coalition.

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    • 4 May 14:39, by Paul Ongee

      This Diaspora Group in Kenya are IO-Riek’s supporters struggling strategically to dress in civil society clothes to fool the government of South Sudan. You can see how they’re calling for what is “re-negotiation or resuscitation of 2015 peace agreement” and worst of all the call for “the return of Riek Machar” who’s addicted to using violence since August 1991, December 2013 & July 2016.

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      • 4 May 14:43, by Paul Ongee

        They themselves did not fight in any front lines before and forgot what Riek and his forces have gone through from Juba to DRC border following the third failed coup attempt in J1 last year. They have no idea how Riek was airlifted to DRC by UN and later to his usual master in Khartoum for treatment. After a few weeks of treatment, Riek organized a conference and “declared war on govt.”

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        • 4 May 14:44, by Paul Ongee

          Instead of calling for peace, he declared war on the government, knowing pretty well that he cannot win any battle, leave alone war since 1991. He cannot even win the top leadership position even if general elections were to be held today, not tomorrow. He was capitalizing on involvement of some ignorant Equatorians whom he gave them fake militarily ranks and promotions for garnering support.

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          • 4 May 14:45, by Paul Ongee

            Riek has every right to return to South Sudan but conditionally. He should first “denounce violence and accept peaceful solution” but not pursuit of military approach. The message was “loud and clear” without any zig-zag. I have no idea why those members of Diaspora group in Kenya or wherever they may be are still kidding themselves that agreement is not getting implemented under Taban.

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            • 4 May 14:47, by Paul Ongee

              Riek Machar signed bogus Khartoum Peace Agreement in 1997 (KPA -1997) with his master in Khartoum following his defeat in the battle fields in all fronts. Why did Khartoum so far fail to recognize the education of Riek Machar who keeps shifting allegiance at his own disposal, running up and down seeking only top leadership position in the bush and post-independence era?

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              • 4 May 14:48, by Paul Ongee

                The arrival of UK troops in Bentiu and or of the regional forces in Juba is not for paving the return of Riek Machar. If they believe so, let’s wait and see. Those forces are bound by the agreement and law of the Republic of South Sudan because RSS is a sovereign state, not ruled by deployment of UN forces, UK forces or regional forces. Put that in mind.

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                • 4 May 14:49, by Paul Ongee

                  If those UN forces cannot operate in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria or Somalia, what proves proves that South Sudan must be ruled by UN which RSS is a member? Being under radar is a two-way streets folks. What proves that they are deployed for genuine peace peacekeeping operations but not for transporting weapons to rebels, inciting violence & making babies in UN PoC sites….

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                  • 4 May 14:51, by Paul Ongee

                    ….that resemble Asian peacekeepers? Only time will tell. One of the commentators made good points that UNMISS is a conduit for transporting weapons to rebels when intercepted in Rumbek and the former UN Secretary-General apologized for that. Rape cases surfaced in CAR and reported for the first time in history but nobody knows what happened later to those UN peacekeepers found guilty of rape.

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                    • 4 May 14:53, by Paul Ongee

                      Of some Nuer women in Juba here in UN PoC sites nobody or UN agencies want to hear or get those Asian-South Sudanese babies reported by the media but continue blaming government as if UN peacekeepers have been clean since 1945. In addition, UN and its Agencies are operating under false impression that they’re providing humanitarian assistance while in reality doing something different.

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                      • 4 May 14:54, by Paul Ongee

                        The repeated attempts to impose Riek Machar on the SPLM/A during struggle has failed since 1991. Riek failed three (3) times in August 1991, December 2013 and July 2016. The problem is Riek got used to being forgiven and rewarded with a position. In which military world where VP would come to meet his boss with a large number of bodyguards deployed defiantly and stood facing J1 guards?

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                        • 4 May 14:55, by Paul Ongee

                          If it was not something planned in Ethiopia before his arrival to Juba, Riek’s bodyguards would have not acted defiantly to face the wrath of J1 which they will never forget in their life. The western media continued with their lie that it was not coup attempt. Then what? Why would he (Riek Machar) be killed by his boss who held Riek’s hand like a lost sheep and put him in his anti-bullet car…..

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                          • 4 May 14:56, by Paul Ongee

                            …..to go to his house right after giving press statement that everybody (President, Riek and Wani) was safe? Now, does anybody see this? James Gatdet who acts as Riek’s spokesperson, professional liar and propaganda machine in Nairobi was the one who blew the whistle in the Face Book that Riek was under arrest in J1 such that those deployed forces of Riek could defiantly start launching attack on

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                            • 4 May 14:58, by Paul Ongee

                              But when the music started about 5:04 pm things turned out ugly as usual. The devastating consequences were felt and witnessed by the survivors and the wounded rushed to the hospital and the dead collected for burial. Why do we want to go through that again as if the government is wrong but deployment of Riek’s defiant and disobedient forces around J1 were right in every military sense?

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                              • 4 May 14:59, by Paul Ongee

                                Therefore, when we make comments, we need to avoid insults and incitement of violence because it would never solve any political/military problems but take us back to square one and the country would continue to bleed and the civil population would continue to suffer and flee the country. The National Dialogue is an opportunity to identify any grievances & come up with a sustainable solution.

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