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IGAD chief calls for new meeting on peace in South Sudan


June 2, 2017 (JUBA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which mediated the 2015 peace agreement, will hold a summit this month in a new attempt to ensure its implementation and to address the devastating conflict in South Sudan.

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Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn (Allafrica)

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, in a letter addressed to President Salva Kiir on 29 May 2017, said the conflict in the country was still continuing, despite a declaration of ceasefire and re-invigoration of the national dialogue committee which the president himself proposed in 2016.

"The escalation of violence and growing hostilities are casting their shadows on the national dialogue and the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. this grave situation, thus, requires us to speak with one voice," wrote Desalegn in a letter seen by Sudan Tribune.

The summit, according to the letter, will be held in Addis Ababa, on Monday 12, June 2017.

The eruption of clashes in Juba between the two peace partners in July 2016, followed by a split within the SPLM-IO and the replacement of Riek Machar by Taban Deng Gai, destroyed the little confidence between the two parties for the implementation of the peace agreement.

Pointing to the need to reconsider the situation and to find out the best way to stop the fighting and allow humanitarian access, Prime Minister Desalegn told President Kiir that the recent unilateral ceasefire declared by his government "and attempts to reinvigorate the national dialogue, has not shown any improvement".

"Fighting still continues further worsening the humanitarian situation," Desalegn further stressed.

However, the invitation letter did not indicate the agenda of the meeting and how the regional leaders would ensure they forge a common understanding to speak one voice to end the conflict.


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  • 3 June 2017 05:32, by Kuch

    "The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, in a letter addressed to President Salva Kiir on 29 May 2017"
    SUDAN TRIBUNE as always is lying. Where is Mr. Salva Kiir response to the purported letter from Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn? What everybody knows these days is: South Sudanese people want peace & our enemy have taken our country hostage>>>

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    • 3 June 2017 08:50, by Kuch

      There will be no damned so-called ethiopia again, playing their rubbish in our country with their so-called UN, UNIMISS again. Be very careful fellows.

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  • 3 June 2017 05:47, by Kuch

    "The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, in a letter addressed to President Salva Kiir on 29 May 2017"
    SUDAN TRIBUNE as always is lying. Where is Mr. Salva Kiir response to the purported letter from Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn? What everybody knows these days is: South Sudanese people want peace & our enemy have taken our country hostage>>>

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    • 3 June 2017 06:21, by Tilo

      All Enemies of South Sudan is taking advantage of us because South Sudanese leaders has showed the world that we can not manage to rule ourselves, shame on us mean while SS has more educated and competent people who could lead SS to right direction but they were not given chance

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      • 3 June 2017 13:16, by Mr Point

        How many years have IGAD been calling for peace in South Sudan?
        People starve and die while the fighting goes on.

        Why do people think that peace must be blocked until the war is won?

        What has the war achieved?
        HOw many more years will IGAD continue to call for peace in SouthSudan?

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  • 3 June 2017 08:03, by Eastern

    Who are the enemies of South Sudan if not the primitive tribalists? Let Kiir dilly dally, the new Washington Administration has already designed a set of punitive measures that you folks will soon see at play. I have been warning you all along!!!

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    • 3 June 2017 08:28, by South South


      Some stupid people in South Sudan especially from Equatoria think that international community will fight for them to change the government in Juba, dumb idea, if you can not do it, then forget about New Washington Administration punitive measures. Stay where you are for another 2000 years before your international community starts fighting for you.

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      • 3 June 2017 09:02, by Eastern

        South South,

        There is no even ONE year for Kiir to continue with his stupid antics! Equatorians are not asking anybody to fight for them; they are already fighting Kiir throughout their region!

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      • 3 June 2017 10:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        This thing called South South is the most hopeless, thoughtless thing that has ever existed on the face of the earth. You think you will gain anything by hating, envying Equatorians for being smart. You are doomed to fail. Equatorians are tall in their reasoning. You better learn the way the handle issues. Equatorians do things by themselves.

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        • 3 June 2017 10:41, by Eastern

          Matat Jur_Likang,

          Jenge should not be allowed to decide our future, Wani. Lumoro, et al should go to where they think they belong. Equatoria is for Equatorians, El Bashir and his Arabstock got that message!

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        • 3 June 2017 11:22, by South South

          jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

          You insult Dinka everyday, I mean you, jubaone, Eastern and the rest of you do that. We have full right to fire back. This is not about Kiir. This is about a few people from Equatoria who think they will kill all Dinka in South Sudan.Coward people and useless.

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          • 3 June 2017 14:53, by Eastern

            South South,

            This is equal raction to you dinka. Why did you begin by hating non-dinka in the first place? Did you know that the non-dinkas are more than your majority dinka people in the first place? If the non-dinka people in South Sudan unite agianst the dinka, do you know what will be the result? Can you afford to go on offensive against Equatoria, Fertit, Upper Nile, etc and survive?

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            • 3 June 2017 15:47, by South South


              There are bad Dinka, maybe 1, 2, 3, 5 or more. That is not the case, the issue is there are people in SS who think they will get rid of Dinka because president is a Dinka.. I want bright future for all 64 tribes in South Sudan. The issue of majority whether Dinka or non-Dinka is SS is unknown. Fake Arabs in Sudan are 4 times than population of SS. Dinka fought them.

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              • 3 June 2017 17:33, by Eastern

                They are 4 times the population of South Sudan, did you just write that! There are more evil people among the dinka than well meaning people. Definately, we shouldn’t delude ourselves that we wan South Sudan for all when Dr. Machar, Dr. Akol, et al are out of the country because a few dinkas from the cattlecamp decide they should be sent out of the country. Equatoria won’t participate in that!

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                • 3 June 2017 19:40, by South South


                  I am laughing at you. Traitors like Machar or Lam Akol will die outside the country this time. We do not have room for betrayers. You follow them and worship them somewhere else, but not in Juba. Cattle camp is much, much better then eating monkeys and rats. By the way, Machar is from cattle camp. You wait for regional government to fight for you as mentioned today in one of your comment

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                • 3 June 2017 20:22, by Garang Akeen Tong


                  Are you killing people, to install Dr. Riak and Dr. Lam into power?
                  Dinkas tribes have no problem with them, but theirs bad record in s.sudan is against them.
                  I told you several time, accept defeat and comeback home.

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  • 3 June 2017 11:28, by Sunday Junup

    Salva Kiir,
    Don’t allow hate to Dr.Riak for personal ambition lead you to delay this golden chance of peace. You will face the wrath of SS, IGAD and international community this time if you reject peace this time.

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    • 3 June 2017 17:47, by Eastern

      Sunday Junup,

      Kiir thinks that Dr. Machar is AN INDIVIDUAL; and thats what his chief sycophant, South South thinks. Dr. Machar leads and represents millions both in the country and abroad. You may lock up Dr. Machar in South Africa but you will continue to fight Dr. Machar in the bushes of South Sudan and online. Fools!!!

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