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S. Sudan’s national dialogue to include "armed opposition": official


May 30, 2017 (JUBA) - The steering committee for the South Sudan’s national dialogue said all stakeholders, including the armed opposition, will be consulted for the process in all parts of the young nation.

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Machar speaks on a mobile phone after an interview with Reuters in Kenya’s capital Nairobi July 8, 2015

Abraham Awolich, a coordinator at the steering committee secretariat said the initiation steps would take more than a month.

“In the next five weeks, the steering committee for the national dialogue will discuss with a number of stakeholders, including civil society, media, women, youth, political parties, armed groups and even the organized forces to physically solicit ideas about what people want to talk about in the national dialogue, what should be items on the agenda and how it should be approached,” he told reporters in the capital, Juba Tuesday.

The committee, at a two-day meeting held this week, appears to have maintained its inclusive approach to the national dialogue.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir officially launched the long-awaited national dialogue initiative in the capital, Juba on Monday last week.

The national dialogue initiative is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

Since mid-December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced from the East African nation.


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  • 31 May 08:41, by Midit Mitot

    Steering committee chairman is right, national dialogue without Dr Machar is red line and wasting of resources.

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    • 31 May 08:51, by jubaone

      Midit Mitot,
      Thank you. The Kiirminal cant just cook "walwal" and call Riak like an outsider to come and join him, NO. Both or all must either be involved in the preparation and cooking or not. Perhaps Riak or the rest dont like walwal anyway so what? Disbandon this bogus committee and let Riak and the rest bring in their teams in the preparation and cooking of this national food. Otherwise NO

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    • 31 May 13:08, by Eastern

      Midit Mitot,

      You need to take this latest position with some caution! Who formulated the committee and what do they have on the agenda? Who will draft the agenda? This national dialogue is a gimmick from Kiir to circumvent the ARCISS. Idon’t believe in this national dialogue of Kiir and his friends at all. Just resuscitate the ARCISS WHICH HAS PROVISIONS THAT CLIPPED KIIRS WINGS!!!!

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      • 31 May 15:55, by South South

        Rats are playing outside at night, but wait, cats just arrived. Abraham Awolich has made it very clear to the world that National Dialogue will not decide anything unless all parties come to have an agreement of what they want to talk about, period. People like Eastern can shit somewhere, smear themselves with it and smell it alone.

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        • 31 May 20:18, by Eastern

          South South,

          You are a VERY STUPID DINKA INDEED. I quote you "Abraham Awolich has made it very clear to the world that National Dialogue will not decide anything unless all parties come to have an agreement of what they want to talk about, period". Just hear your self cattlecamp man!!! Who are the ALL PARTIES if it doesn’t refer to and include those with blazing guns....?

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          • 31 May 22:09, by South South


            You are not just stupid, but dumb too. Cattle camp is more civilized than what I see in your village. You think that 1980s Kokora will come back again. No, it will not, it has gone for good. No fake Arabs in the middle to make it easy for you. Kiir has people, gunships, tanks, SPLA and friends. You can move to Uganda or Kenya or Sudan if you do not like our government. Stay in DIASPORA.

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  • 31 May 09:23, by Guor Manyiel Mayiik

    We should welcome the initiative of peace dialogue with open hearts as South Sudanese, being solely the instrument which will drive the nation into the light. The agenda of dialogue help post-conflict countries and they are enjoying the fruit of acceptance each other. What happened in Rwanda 1994? Are they still fighting now or they accept their national dialogue? Let us be mindful of future gen.

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    • 31 May 09:47, by Midit Mitot

      Guor Manyiel,
      Don,t compare Paul Kigame of Rwanda and Kiir of South Sudan,Kiir is being drive by JCE while Paul was followed the foot step of their National parliament decision, and therefore, Rwanda national dialogue was so inclusive, they never left out any one, but Kiir is not willing to include Dr Machar in to this such a dialogue, how will you guys preaching this?

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  • 31 May 11:31, by Sunday Junup

    I said it! ND can not work with out dr.Riak, who do you think can provide ideas? Now consider this. Change of Venue, Change of steering committee and to resuscitate Peace agreement. Also don’t forget to admit that peace has already dead in July 2016. Tell Kiir to denounce violent and join peace with other South Sudanese.

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    • 31 May 11:51, by jubaone

      Commander Sunday Junup,
      What is required is Riak, Lam, Bakasoro, Gen. Thomas Cirino should start their own ND in the diaspora, preferably in Kenya, Sudan or Ethiopia even in Uganda where large populations of SS currently seek refuge. Once started, they invite Kiirminal and his teams to join. Now the Opposition should convince the AU, USA, Troika that this idea will work. It is safe and convenient.

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  • 31 May 13:08, by Sunday Junup


    Thanks brother, they already sign document of understanding last month if you are not aware. They agree to work together in order to deal with Kiiriminal in Juba. Also be sure that there is no problem with multi parties. Important is objective and working together. I buy your ideas but priority is peace to be resuscitate not ND. Those IGAD and international community are dealers.

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  • 31 May 14:15, by Kat Cok

    People should differentiate between Dialogue and Negotiation.
    For Riakisms who are supporting blindly, they should know that their one-eyed leader is a gone case, let them follow Angelina as their new leader, or go to fight South Africa to freed their one-eyed leader.

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  • 31 May 14:58, by Nairobimitot

    Our much gratitude goes to the President of the nation Salva Kiir Mayardit and his two vice presidents of the republic of South Sudan. I thank you for not being afraid of Riek Machar. Let him come back to Juba because we want total Peace to be achieve. Dr.Riek Machar can be given an assignment. He can help the nation and work hard to rebuild it. There are lots of resource if Peace is achieve for

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  • 1 June 09:06, by Angelo Achuil

    As long as the armed oppositions are sidelined and their demands frustrated, while we keep busy with the "dialogue within our comfort zone" the World will continue laughing at us becoz they asking "Who is dialoguing with who anyway???"

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  • 1 June 13:24, by Ross

    Why do we need Dialogue, there is no need for dialogue which is important than what was done in Bor some years back.

    Remember ( People can forgive and they can not forget), if one get power, he/she will revenge, since still remembering how his/her family slaughtered, I suggest that let us forget but not forgive each other, that is, court should takes its place to punish those who do evil.

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