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June 5, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan former First Vice President and rebel leader Riek Machar will only be allowed to participate in the country’s national dialogue initiative if he denounces rebellion, a member of the dialogue committee said on Monday.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a press conference in his private residence in Addis Ababa, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (Photo AP/Mulugete Ayehe)

"We are not saying Machar should not participate in the dialogue. No this is not our position, we don’t determine who should participate in the dialogue and who should. We are only facilitating the dialogue by ensuring that all the stakeholders take part in a more inclusivity, transparent, open and participatory manner,” said the co-chair of the national dialogue committee, Angelo Beda.

He added, “What we emphasise is that any participation must be on non-violence basis. We want to replace violence with peaceful means".

According to the official, the dialogue committee appointed by the president barely three weeks ago is working out a mechanism aimed at encouraging inclusivity and transparency of the dialogue process.

He, however, hinted that the dialogue committee would ask President Salva Kiir to allow Machar return to the war-torn nation.

"Riek Machar is a South Sudanese. He has his birthright to return to the country as a normal citizen. This is what the committee is working on it. It would ask President Salva Kiir to allow his return to the country,” said Beda.

“And if Machar is for peace and stability of the country as this is his own country, the people who are suffering are his own people, brothers and sisters, he would accept this proposal so that this war stops and the country returns to normal functions", he added.

The national dialogue committee co-chair said the South Sudanese rebel leader is constitutionally mandated to contest for any elective post, provided peace is restored and people allowed to freely vote.

Meanwhile the committee, its co-chair said, has started communicating with armed opposition groups to solicit their views and confirm their readiness to participate in the dialogue process.

He did not, however, disclose which group had already been contacted, but said the unity government will provide protection to all armed groups, including representatives of Machar’s faction who will come to Juba to participate in the national dialogue initiative.

"This is a home based initiative. The stakeholders will have to come and participate inside here. Their security will be granted. They will be protected under general amnesty which the president will declare together with the permanent ceasefire," stressed Beda.

President Kiir officially launched the national dialogue initiative in the capital, Juba two weeks ago. 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 it broke away from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 6 June 01:24, by Malakal county Simon

    It’s should be another way around unwanted/failed president Kiir should be the one denounce violence.... If you carefully take a look at this senseless war, since from the started, President Kiir is most causative for instance, he cooked-up a fake coup and chased Dr Machar and the rests out of the country in order to deny peaceful election......

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    • 6 June 01:48, by Malakal county Simon

      Cont....

      He (unwanted president Kiir) destroyed 2015 accord by ordering Dusted fake King Paul Malong to bombs both Dr Machar house and SPLM_IO general command in Jebel..... As if you read this brilliant examples, unwanted president Kiir he is the one that need to denounce so called violence and not Dr Machar, unless we are not serious to solves this useless war through dialogue mean!!!!

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      • 6 June 13:00, by Philosopherking

        Kiir is not a president. He is a JCE chief!

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    • 6 June 03:43, by Kuch

      Malakal county Simon, "unwanted/failed president Kiir" just work for peace in our country. Riek Machar & Salva Kiir and indeed all of us will leave this world someday, but South Sudan will remain with our children, children, children.....do you fellows know that Riek Machar & Salva Kiir were at the helm of our govt since 2005>>>

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      • 6 June 03:52, by Kuch

        until your Riek Machar made another coup on the 15/12/2013. Malakal county Simon, Salva Kiir didn’t make up a coup as you fellows often claim. Your Riek Machar attempted a coup chap. Even in July last year, your Riek Machar attempted yet another coup in J1. Let your Riek Machar denounces violent & he can come back to South Sudan>>>

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        • 6 June 04:04, by Kuch

          live like everyone else if he is going to *afford* his protection from angry South Sudanese people he had messed their lives up with his incessant violent quest for power since our liberation war with our so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan. For now Malakal county Simon, let’s concentrate on building our country. Get out of the so-called UN compounds & farms>>>

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          • 6 June 04:12, by Kuch

            your own Nuer lands for food. Our people’s food if you people can. We are going to get rid of the UN, UNIMISS, their their sleazy NGOs and our enemies out of our country fellows. Malakal county Simon, South Sudanese people want to other things. We don’t want to be always bog down by you fellows with Ngundeng superstitions & your Riek Machar. Careful fellows.

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        • 6 June 06:08, by Malakal county Simon

          Kuch or slave

          You still singing the old song of unfound coup???

          instead constant arguments and blah! blah! blah!

          Please provide an evidences to your readers about 2013 coup by Dr Machar......

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        • 6 June 09:44, by Mr Point

          Kuch... Let’s stick with the facts. Your argument fails when you make up history.

          It is well documented that there was no rebellion until Kiir tried surprise attacks on Machar in Juba in 2013 and 2015. Both attacks failed - a sign that Kiir fails at war, Kiir fails at peace.

          What is Kiir good for?

          If Kiir was sincere about peace there would be no war now.

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      • 6 June 14:36, by Philosopherking

        Nodes anyone really read this idiot’s comments? What is he defending? What does he have to explain and reexplain himself if he is not lying? His names are everywhere in the comments. Go ask Kiir for a job.

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    • 6 June 08:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      That is definitely correct
      He, Machar and his supporters should be allowed when they denounce rebellion against the country regime and its people.

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      • 6 June 08:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        His being in the country or any country around the world or Africa also should be base when he denounce rebellion.

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        • 6 June 14:14, by jubaone

          Ayuiu,
          Riak is not interested in this bogus dialogue that has no agenda and objectives. It is financially unrealistic, contextually empty and politically bankrupt. It is led by blind Kiirminal who can’t see and supported by a lame duck Taban who can’t move. Only fools would believe that such incapacitated men can lead. They need Dr. Riak, Dr. Lam and other drs.not idiots.

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    • 6 June 11:34, by Midit Mitot

      Nincompoop steering committee" how would Dr Riek Machar denounce violent while in abroad, try to be vigilant and sincerely on your attempted fake move.

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    • 6 June 13:39, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

      National dialogue deserves our attention as a tool with the potential to facilitate peaceful political transformation, but it is not a magic bullet. Peace and reconciliation are paramount for our beloved country and her posterity.

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  • 6 June 02:32, by Lies Exposure

    Incredible. Urging the victim to cease violence is the biggest hypocrisy any sane individuals should excuse themselves from.
    National dialogue when war is still ravaging the country?on daily bases is the is clearly stupid

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  • 6 June 03:04, by garrak1520

    If you are receiving orders from Kiir, or running everything by him, there won’t be peace in South Sudan.

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  • 6 June 03:28, by john akeen

    Riek Machar what kind of human being are you, just denounce violence and go join national dialogue instate of you letting your rebels speaking nonsense in the internet and plus you’re in prison talking nonsense too, you need to stop bagging UN & AU to let you out, just denounce violence and get out free or you’ll never get out from prison for life

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  • 6 June 04:17, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Riel Machar and SPLA/IO are for peace but J1 is for war. At the moment they are defensively fighting off J1 aggression. It is therefore honest to tell J1 to silence its guns and not the opposite side to cross arms while they continue butchering our people. It is unfair, immoral and unjust to allow J1 continue doing what they do best and that is killing the innocents.

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    • 6 June 09:47, by Mr Point

      There would be no need for a peace dialogue if Kiir had provided good government since independence. Instead, in 2013, he tried to silence and imprison his critics in the SPLM by setting the SPLA on them.

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  • 6 June 06:31, by Ranmediit

    Angelo Beda
    South Sudan was destroyed by JEC plus so-called Angelo Beda you talking without cognition while the whole Country are facing Hunger,what kind of peace that you are dialogues, don’t waste money for your interest think careful otherwise buy foods to Boma state,Gorial,Awail,Warrap........... Also for street mothers, around Juba are bagging in Dinka language.

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  • 6 June 06:42, by Sunday Junup

    You said peace is already implemented by Taban after he said Dr.Riak is like a grounded car then why crying now! Eheheh! Chineke me ohoho! That is proposed dialogue right? So your aim to form ND is to call for your agenda of evil act right? Shame on you

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    • 6 June 07:21, by jubaone

      Riak and other political forces outside SS must initiate a so called "Clustered Nationalities Talk (CNaTa)to be held in various locations were large diaspora communities live. After all, it is safe, secure and reachable for millionsof our people. SS nationalities will first cluster prior to merging along the 10 states. The agendas will be: Ceasefire, Governance, 4R (Repatriation, Reconciliation R

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      • 6 June 07:27, by jubaone

        Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. The ND is tribal, exclusive and conditional. It is bogus and has no agenda. It is led by old and stupid old men who have not more than 5 more years to live. In the US, Australia, Europe and Canada all people must convene and use our community organizations as starting points e.g. Equatoria Community in US, Twic Community, Nuer Community etc. From there big congr

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        • 6 June 07:34, by jubaone

          Congresses will follow with clear resolutions. These congresses will send elected leaders to a parliament in exile that represents our people. Note: Those currently under the Kiirminal system are hostages and can’t freely talk their minds. All peace loving SS must understand, the Kiirminal system of the Jienge Republic is politically bankrupt, morally rotten and conceptually delusional.

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          • 6 June 07:47, by South South

            jubaone,

            "These congresses will send elected leaders to a parliament in exile that represents our people."

            What? Sending cowards to represent the country they never fought for it. Jubaone is looking for a job. HHHHHHHHHHHH. The only time you will come to South Sudan is when you put your hand down and tuck your tail between your legs.

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            • 6 June 10:22, by jubaone

              South South,
              Then you can kiss 💋 my a**. We do our things you do yours. First settle that jienge shit 💩 between the Apuks and Aguoks and whichever Wretched lots you have in Gok Kraal (Gogrial).

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            • 6 June 10:50, by jubaone

              I am neither a jienge nor a nyagat who bootlicks for a job. My education is good enough. Only fools and dropouts luke you with fake BA degrees from bogus Ugandan universities want to be ministers or directors. These are non professional jobs. Suitcase carries and bootlicking the benydut/bandit is all you can. Tell me ur luak and I’ll tell you my village.

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              • 6 June 19:46, by South South

                "Only fools and dropouts luke you with fake BA degrees from bogus Ugandan universities want to be ministers or directors."

                Someone with good education write like a baby, Hum

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          • 6 June 15:51, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Jubaone

            We south sudanse haven,t parliament in exile, and we shouldn,t be represent in exile, we are here in s.sudan to represent ourselves.

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            • 6 June 16:40, by jubaone

              Garang Akeen,
              Talk of "we jienges represent ourselves..." In the Jienge Republic other SS are just spectators. For this reason we want a 2nd Republic of SS were all are equally represented. I know jienges claim...we liberated SS and we say, this is YOUR jienge republic and NOT ours. Either we crush and create a new SS or the worthless jienge republic will swallow us. So gentlemen, it’s wartime.

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  • 6 June 07:12, by Eastern

    Kiir has recused himself from directly running the national dialogue but I can see this dead wood Angelo Beda is doing Kiir’s bidding!

    For national dialogue to mean anything, it must be led by a neutral and unbiased individual.

    At the end you need Dr. Machar, Thomas Cirilo, et al around a table discusing real issues not friends and collegues!!!

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    • 6 June 07:52, by South South

      Eastern,

      The representatives of the guys you mentioned are invited.By the way, Where is Thomas Cirilo? Is he still hiding in a hotel in Ethiopia? ND will continue for those who accepted it and for those who oppose it, they will join it later, but ND will not stop to wait for unknown people. Riek will attend it only when he denounces violence.

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      • 6 June 08:26, by Kuch

        South South,
        Where is Thomas Cirilo? Thomas Cirilo in our so-called here in our ethiopia, where this rubbish article was written:http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article62638
        Sharpen your arms Mr. South South, we are going to bomb the mighty the mighty US, the UK, the UN, their their so-called juus, their sleazy NGOs, our so-called cloned arabs North Sudan, our Gambella region>>>

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        • 6 June 08:34, by Kuch

          and our so-called ethiopia and Djibouti. Our country is being Geo-politically chess game played by our enemies. And they are here in form of their damn UNIMISS, NGOs, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their human rights business bullshits. And our Nuers & Equatorians, are our usual fools who love to worship the evils at face value>>>

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          • 6 June 08:46, by Kuch

            Look at this link Mr. South South:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mmn27
            We are considered the ’uncircumcized people’ by our enemies & that we are going to be "circumcized" by the juus, the Bantus of Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, South Africa>>>>

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            • 6 June 08:55, by Kuch

              the UN, UNIMISS, NGOs et al; by our enemies----the so-called cloned arabs of North Sudan, their backers of gulf Arab states, the US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their sleazy NGOs, gulf Arab states. War is here fellows, we are going to bomb the evils out of our country. But we have informed the Nuers, the UN, the UK, the US, their evil juus>>>

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              • 6 June 08:59, by Kuch

                and some of their evils in between to get their dirty asses out of our country in peace before we put our hands on them. Fellows, game is over.

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                • 6 June 10:28, by jubaone

                  The ND is a useless and worthless tribal gathering that has no national agenda. Kuch, SouthSouth jienge beneficiaries should go to their respective luaks and help organize their own who are savagely killing themselves without reasons. If the Kiirminal can’t settle the Apuk-Aguok chaos how can he settle the bigger SS problem? These are losers and not credible. Just hopeless.

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  • 6 June 08:23, by Chief Odili

    A dialogue without Riek Macar is void. He has to come to the country bcz he is the leader of the SPLM-O as Kiir is Leader of SPLM-R. Any meaningful dialogue would come if the CND could hear views from both side. We should distinguish between a National Dialogue and Peace Negotiation. The question is, what do we know about this conflict? My view on origin of this conflict and factors motivating war

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  • 6 June 08:38, by Chief Odili

    1. Internal inefficiencies within the SPLM due to absence of political inclusiveness 2.Leadership wrangle within SPLM based on tribal(regional) allegiance 3. Kiir incapability to hold his cabinet, party accountable and swept all powers from his VP, Riek 4. Fabricated coups labelled on SPLM key members 4. Corruption 5.violation of the constitution 6. allegiance of SPLA to SPLM party not country.

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    • 6 June 09:32, by Ikachila

      Mr. Chief Odili wise advice, if we can hear from both sides then there will be a clue of gaining peace.
      Mr. Ayuiu and Kuch: you can really force someone to nullify reputation do you realize that in you? NGOs have been existing since before our senseless war begun; aid was executed to rescuer vulnerable groups including you by then. I know you guys have no appreciation at all. Many of you’re outsi

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  • 6 June 10:34, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Well said, this is a kind of national dialogue we want.

    Dr. Riak should denounce violence and join national dialogue peace intiative.

    Thanks Hon. Beda, you made it clear to world.

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    • 6 June 13:08, by jubaone

      Garang Akeen,
      The Kiirminal is the one to denounce violence and not Riak. Apparently he has ni control over his luakjiengs who go robbing and raping. He should simply quit and go back to Gogrial. He is a total failure.

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  • 6 June 11:22, by Simon Chuol

    I appreciate the call to denounce violence. I hope the armed groups will respond positively

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    • 6 June 12:39, by Eastern

      Dr. Machar is fighting back; he is on defensive. It’s Kiir who is on all-out offensive. Ask Kiir to denounce violence first or soon your Ramciel food stores in Juba won’t have anything to sell because roads to Juba will be closed!

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  • 6 June 12:59, by Philosopherking

    Job seekers and opportunists! Everyone knows they are working for Kiir, of course they will uphold Kiir and JCE’s fears, lies and hate agenda! This so called National Dialogue committe is not independent and can not mediate any dialogue among our communities!

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  • 6 June 13:39, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    National dialogue deserves our attention as a tool with the potential to facilitate peaceful political transformation, but it is not a magic bullet. Peace and reconciliation are paramount for our beloved country and her posterity.

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    • 6 June 14:45, by Mi diit

      Little boy Deng Gai Gatluak,

      You actually are little in body and brain as well. Your words luck reasoning.
      Keep going/coming from/to Africa /Europe until you get caught.

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  • 6 June 17:29, by Fair Man

    Deng Gai Gatluak
    Stop being ignorant lawyer.We can teach you and your masters (Kiir and Taban D.G), how peace can be achievement. Don’t you feel ashamed as your legitimacy is questionable after being appointed by Taban Deng yet law prefer elections. Anyway illegal means operate under illegal system. Go ahead and look behind if you have followers. Stop imaginations and obsession without proof.

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  • 6 June 17:34, by Kush Natives

    If those failed rebels keeps turning off their deep ears on this national dialogue process, then they have a right to find country to wage their war at. Dr. Evil used to hotels live therefore, he’s not healthy any longer compherend this dialogue. National dialogue has no power sharing in it rather then lives saving. If rebels decided not to join is, they needs start building mad town in the bushes

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  • 6 June 18:22, by garrak1520

    Are you folks seeking peace ? the moron forcing you to take this position wants the country divided so that he keeps on ruling. 130000 bbls of petroleum produced daily, his target. He wants the wealth not the people nor the environment. Just see how polluted is the area. Time for you folks to take back your country, and unify around the diversity which consist your strength.

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  • 6 June 18:24, by Fair Man

    Kush Natives
    That’s where your stupidity reaches the maximum. Panya mok!!. Today, Dinka ladies are hired out as prostitutes around the world to raise hard currency (USD) to support Dinka Gov’t of Kiir which has been denied several requests for loans from international banker. This is an illegitimacy that one does not need to join its monologue aimed at reviving economy through loans to fight wars!

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