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U.S. Congressmen urge end to South Sudan conflict, peaceful dialogue


June 1, 2017 (JUBA) – During a meeting with Prsident Salva Kiir on Thursday, a delegation of United States legislators have emphasised the importance of ending the war that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions in South Sudan.

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Members of Sub-committee on Africa Affairs in the US House of Representatives with South Sudanese leaders in Juba, June 1, 2017 (ST)

The legislators, led by Christopher H. Smith, met South Sudan President Kiir and urged the latter to also consider involving church leaders in the recently national dialogue initiative.

"We reaffirm our commitment to peaceful dialogue as the viable option to ending the conflict in South Sudan and urged the government to follow through on its pledge and to actually focus on honouring the ceasefire,” Smith told reporters in Juba Thursday.

“We also reaffirm our shared view that a negotiated political settlement and inclusive democratic future for South Sudanese, and we call on all armed groups fighting in South Sudan to stop fighting and declare a cessation of hostilities", he added.

The head of the U.S. delegation reiterated the demand of the global community, citing the need for humanitarian access to all areas of South Sudan, including those on the United Nations’ priority list, and deplored the delays and obstruction caused primarily by the parties of humanitarian deliveries to the population in desperate need.

"The devastating events in this country underscore what we have been saying for some time. The burden is on the parties to prove they are willing and able to take extraordinary steps to salvage diplomatic efforts to restore a Cessation of Hostilities (CoH), allow unfettered humanitarian assistance and create the conditions necessary for the resumption of UN-led talks about a political transition", stressed Smith.

He further said their mission to Africa was to visit Refugee camps in Northern Uganda, to know the situation of people in the camps.

South Sudan government has renewed its commitment to allowing free access and movement of relief organisations to those in need.

"The Government of South Sudan has committed itself to grand a free movement of the non-governmental organisations in order to assist those who are in need of humanitarian assistance", the cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro told reporters.

The minister confirmed that President Kiir met with a delegation from the United States of America, led by Christopher H. Smith, a member of Subcommittee on Africa Affairs in the US House of Representatives.

Lomuro said that the meeting also discussed the role of Churches in the national dialogue and how government can engage churches in order to move forward in the reconciliation and dialogue process.

President Kiir officially launched the long-awaited national dialogue initiative in the capital, Juba 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 in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since its independence.


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  • 2 June 2017 09:44, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Peace and national dialogue should work after disarment of all non authorize army personal.

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    • 2 June 2017 19:41, by Mi diit

      President J.Trump has defected to rebels Incompetent Kiir.

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  • 2 June 2017 09:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The people of the country are waiting of what will be agenda of national dialogue.

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  • 2 June 2017 09:50, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    If international community interested for South Sudan to have total peace then let them silence Dr. Riek Machar from country politics.

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    • 2 June 2017 11:25, by jubaone

      SS is neither your mothers property nor your fathers and therefore you have No fucking rights to disown anyone. Riak was born in SS and will and has every right to live and exercise his constitutional rights.

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      • 2 June 2017 11:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        These are people who have mud in their skulls. They take South Sudan, a country as it is a village of any of them. They have no wisdom and will never understand anything. It is pointless to educate them on vital national issues.

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        • 2 June 2017 11:38, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


          These are people who have mud in their skulls. They take South Sudan, a country as if it is a village of any of them. They have no wisdom and will never understand anything. It is pointless to educate them on vital national issues.

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        • 2 June 2017 20:22, by Nyesi Ta

          I rather put it correctly that they skulls are filled up with cow dunk. Their dunked brains can’t think properly. that’s why the self so called majority are stupid idiots beginning with Kirminal Kiir al Awiir.

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          • 2 June 2017 20:23, by Nyesi Ta

            I rather put it correctly that their skulls are filled up with cow dunk. Their dunked brains can’t think properly. That’s why the self so called majority are stupid idiots beginning with Kirminal Kiir al Awiir.

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      • 2 June 2017 12:29, by Garang Akeen Tong


        You are right that, Dr. Riak is a s.sudanse.

        But question is, do we have consitution, that allowed us to excrise our political activities, through violence main?
        Dr. Riak should stop using violence as a tools to get in power.

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      • 2 June 2017 21:53, by South South


        You can’t have it in both ways, to be a good South Sudanese and a traitor. You already made your choice as a betrayer and because of that. Jubaone, Riek Eastern and the rests of traitors are not welcomed in South Sudan. If you want to be welcomed, you need to come out clear and support South Sudan as a country. Born in South Sudan is not enough when you talk against it.

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    • 2 June 2017 17:20, by lino

      Ya Ayuiu,

      The problem in SS is not about one person. The prove is that since the isolation of Riek alone and handing power to Kiir and Taban, killing and fighting never stopped and it will not.
      USA, Regional Countries, and the international community made a grieve mistakes that will have a negative aspects on the country and it is people.
      When conflicts given a tribal colour, don’t expect to las

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  • 2 June 2017 11:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Now real American government is speaking that makes sense loud and clear. There should be no form of state terrorism. Peace based on justice must be built on the land of South Sudan.

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  • 2 June 2017 11:19, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The blood thirsty pastoralists must be taught to live a human life. A life of tranquility, humility, and compassion. People must live with what they earn and own but not by what they plunder.

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  • 2 June 2017 11:24, by John Majak

    Mr. Christopher! Congratulation for your speech. I heard how you spoke to army opposition on adherence to ceasefire and failure could result to measures. I want to advice you that IO of Riek are war criminal. They violate ceasefire and turn it to government side. To achieve this let observing team be present and be transparent not to support one side.

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  • 2 June 2017 11:39, by John Majak

    If the troika understand the problem of south sudan than misunderstanding it then this war will end soon. Troika since 2013 misunderstood ss problem and put blame on governance. To cure ss without envy, let peace come without machar and let ss unite first and if the system of governance is bad, we will change it through election;. Isolate machar completely he is the disunity of ss people

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    • 2 June 2017 19:41, by anyanya1

      Dr. Riak Machar is real solution for the crisis in this country, by isolating him no peace at all, hating him will never benefit you why not give him a chance to govern and let us see how his going do it, this country is not for dinkas to govern alone, I swear with this mentality this country will burn to ashes, and in the end any tribe will demand there own state, this will be the final so

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      • 2 June 2017 19:45, by anyanya1

        The final solution, cause it came true we cannot stay as one country.

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  • 2 June 2017 12:08, by John Majak

    I john Majak since CPA,s success, i have been jobless but should not blame my government because iam on check on how ss is going. During the signing of CPA,their was one article which talk about inclusion of all groups which were against each parties of the conflict so this is the disease south sudan suffers from till today because sudan was not happy about ss seccation but when failed it cause

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  • 2 June 2017 12:50, by Sunday Junup

    Garang Akeen,
    Fear for Dr.Riak political ambition is the one that let SS down. Why do you people want to Kill Dr.Riak since 2013?

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  • 2 June 2017 16:40, by 1991

    People forget what are great parents what they devoting their life for a decade. For our freedom and better liberty for our children and grandchildren. South Sudan ’.self interest or motive did not lead the country to move forward. I am not against those who are in leadership today, but they field the country to move forward and lost of vision of our people for long struggle. Now democracy is only

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