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S. Sudan national dialogue body denies blocking Machar

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South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar speaks during a briefing in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa April 9, 2016 (Photo Reuters/ Tiksa Negeri)
June 12, 2017 (JUBA) - The South Sudan national dialogue committee, Monday has denied backing efforts aimed at blocking the return of the exiled rebel leader, Riek Machar, and preventing his participation in the political process.

The dialogue body in a statement released to the public described as misleading media reports claiming that Angelo Beda, co-chair of the dialogue committee was backing efforts aimed at denying the return of Machar to participate in the process.

The statement further claimed that the committee was exerting efforts to persuade President Kiir to allow the return of Machar as a normal citizen.

President Kiir and government officials say they prefer for the time being to keep the former first vice president in his forced exile and support the idea the main rebel group join the dialogue in order to make it inclusive and successful.

"The President does not intend to block Dr Riek Machar from participation in the National Dialogue since he has already welcomed the participation of Machar’s delegation," said the statement pointing that the insistence of the rebel leader on the “Armed Resistance”, contradicts the basic principles of a peaceful dialogue.

"Thus, If Dr Machar is for peace and stability of the country, he can accept the proposal for non-violence and peaceful resolution of the conflict through a credible and transparent National Dialogue (ND) and such a gesture would be highly appreciated by everyone and therefore, he would be most welcome to participate in the ND," further reads the statement.

The SPLM-IO insists on the need to hold talks between the two main warring parties to reinvigorate the 2015 peace agreement and reactivate the security arrangements including the ceasefire. The presence of the SPLM-IO faction led by Taban Deng Gai in the transitional government seemingly represents an obstacle that Machar factions intends to clear before to go to the political process.

However, the committee explained that the national dialogue initiative is both a forum and process through which the people of South Sudan shall gather to address the root causes of their conflict, redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, citizenship and belonging, as well as the restructure of the state institutions for national inclusion and stability.

The key objective is to end the conflict and usher a new era of sustainable peace, reconciliation and to prepare for a national election, the committee emphasised.

Angelo Beda, according to the statement, said that the declared unilateral ceasefire and the release of political prisoners by the President as well as other gestures of good will were significant positive steps taken to build confidence and create a conducive environment for the National Dialogue.

"In this respect, Dr Riek Machar is equally expected to take a gesture of goodwill by reviewing his earlier declaration of “armed resistance” made in Khartoum," it further stated.

The national dialogue, which was officially launched by President Kiir last month, is both a forum and process through which the people of South Sudan shall gather to address the root causes of their conflict, redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, citizenship and belonging, as well as the restructure of the state institutions for national inclusion and stability.

Since mid-December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence during its post-independence period.

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  • 13 June 06:38, by Eastern

    South Sudan is ndeed held hostage by Kiir’s INTRANSIGENCE; who says Kiir’s is ALWAYS RIGH?

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    • 13 June 07:12, by Rami Tot

      Dr Riek Machar is a normal citzen upto now! what are the criteria of normal citzen mean to you dumped minds.

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      • 13 June 07:18, by Akuma

        Rami,

        Riek Machar is criminal and he can’t be allow to return to South Sudan otherwise he will touch South Sudan’s soil in coffin as normal citizen for burial only.

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        • 13 June 08:08, by Eastern

          Akuma,

          You people lied to the world. Kiir reluctantly signed the ARCISS, lured Machar to come to Juba so that he could be killed. Your opposition to Machar was seen everywhere: Emmanuel dinka church, SSBC TV airtime allocation, killing members of his team in Juba. Yes keep Machar out of South Sudan at your own peril. Machar has now BECOME MORE THAN AN INDIVIDUAL!!

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        • 13 June 08:24, by jubaone

          Akuma,
          Riak was born b4 you and by any standards has his birth rights in SS and none even such jienge half-Mesiriya luke you from Abyei have that f*"?!ng rights to write such nonsense. Does the SS belong to your mother or father? Idiot.. We now know that Malong the fugitive has Zaghawa blood just like Rizik Hassan.

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        • 13 June 13:37, by Mr Point

          @Akuma

          How many times have you told us that Riek Machar is dead?.

          If he is dead already then what is your problem?

          Stop writing fake news and face facts.

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      • 13 June 09:51, by Kerem

        You did not understand the meaning of a normal citizen yourself. Riek has both rights of normal citizenship and a leader. However, the government wants him to forgo his leadership and return home as a common citizen

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    • 13 June 07:12, by Theallseeingeye

      allow me correct Eastern
      "South Sudan is indeed held hostage by Kiir’s INTRANSIGENCE; who always THINK Kiir’s is ALWAYS RIGH"
      so whenever they want to make any decision, speech or statement on someone or something, they must consult Kiir as if he (Kiir) possesses the PHd of everything. can’t Beda tell the public that Riak has a eright to participate in this ND despite being politician or civilian

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      • 13 June 07:46, by Eastern

        Theallseeingeye,

        Thanks. Now JEMC seems to have woken up from its deep slumber though their language is not firm enough: JEMC talked of Estranged parties including the armed opposition be involved in agreeing a permanent ceasefire. I am wondering what has come out of the GOOD WORKING RELATIONS b’tn Kiir and Taban since July 2016? Will the status quo change with Taban-Kiir RELATIONS OF CONVINIECE?

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    • 13 June 07:42, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      National dialogue should work in the present of Kiir and Riek Machar.
      This is how it is be positive.

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      • 13 June 07:48, by Eastern

        Ayuiu,

        Anything CAN, including Kiir’s national dialogue can wait the implementation of the ARCISS. Yes, Kiir and Machar, including ALL South Sudanese have to work as a team. That way, we will have a country we will call ours. Short of that, it will always be chaos!!!

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    • 13 June 15:47, by South South

      Eastern,

      Do you mean " ALWAYS RIGHT" or ALWAYS RIGH" ?

      By the way, I just got back to Juba today after touring Aweil, Wau and Rumbek. Life is normal there, everyone is farming and our country looks very green from the sky, rain is falling everyday. Kiir is a president of South Sudan with many people supporting him, please talk nice about him or you will stay where you until you die.

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      • 13 June 16:21, by Eastern

        Thats TRIVIAL, isn’t.....

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        • 13 June 18:34, by South South

          Of course, TRIVIAL for traitors and betrayers. The only two people who are correcting other people writings in this forum are Eastern and jubaone, but when they are caught making mistakes, they called it "TRIVIAL", hypocrisy . South Sudan is still there are a county to stay forever, if you don’t like it, then show us what you will do about it.

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          • 13 June 21:56, by Eastern

            South Sudan,

            FEEBLE MINDS dwell on trivial issues, REAL minds disect issues. I can choose to write RIGH for RIGHT, BU for BUT, etc. I am an advanced English language user...Are you giving me a hint that this forum is for mediocre so I should quit it! I know this forum is full of mediocre and if they let to their devices, the mediocres will poison the minds of the uninformed!

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            • 14 June 04:41, by South South

              Eastern,

              "I can choose to write RIGH for RIGHT, BU for BUT, etc."

              Maybe Nyam-Nyam English, not English we know.

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  • 13 June 07:08, by peacefor all

    who is fooling who here?

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  • 13 June 07:45, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    No need of blocking one another to national dialogue
    We need the president Kiir to allow every body to participate in the national peace property.

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  • 13 June 07:49, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    National dialogue should become positive when two leaders denounce violence against their country as well their people.

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  • 13 June 07:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    When restrictions are imposed on one of the main parties to peace then that is another form of blocking a party to the dialogue that is supposed to bring durable peace to the country. Angelo Beda who is always obedient to whoever feeds him since Nimeiri era set a condition for Machar in order to come to ND. In the condition Machar should surrender to the government that is an impossibility.

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  • 13 June 07:51, by Sunday Junup

    ND is ongoing in Northern upper Nile, as you said you don’t needs dr.Riak present. I hope now is loud and clear!

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  • 13 June 08:04, by Ranmediit

    Juba Regime keeping changed statement about H.E,Dr Riek Machar, now it’s not time for So-called ND let us achieve peace first then we can go to ND.

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  • 13 June 11:45, by Jok Min Kuol

    Dear all,

    Let’s respect national initiative for the seek of the nation.

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  • 13 June 14:27, by anyanya1

    I don’t know what is wrong with this useless Dinka president, Riak is coming back, is coming back to his position for peace to prevail if they liked it or not, let dem cry until their tongues fell out of their mouth, we don’t give a shit.....

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    • 13 June 16:50, by Redeemer

      Riek is the one who is making things hard for himself. He knows Kiir pretty well. why is he not just say stop violence and enter into the deal he longed for. When Kiir planned to parked him he thought it will never happened, he was deceiving those of Eastern and Midit that he was for treatment until they were taken by surprise when he bagged UN to help end his parking

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      • 13 June 17:03, by Redeemer

        Even Riek will not have an answer on how to handle two IOs. The argument going on now is
        1 Juba IO is his own that he brought and put them in positions, so he must rejoin them and they sort it out who is to lead. People like Midit and Eastern don’t know that Kiir is out of the game but the struggle is remaining within IO soon

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        • 13 June 17:34, by Redeemer

          What we should be thinking now as citizens of one nation is how to let 2 IOs work together because whose right should be denied from being IO? So Midit and Eastern any suggestion?

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  • 13 June 17:16, by garrak1520

    No peace will come out of this so-called dialogue if you ban Machar in participating as head of the opposition, opposition on the ground fighting the army of South Sudan under Kiir.

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    • 13 June 17:47, by Redeemer

      Garak1520
      You are right, Riek must get involve in ND but how are the two IO going to work together? That is the question flying around. Taban list is showing 50%+ Executives of IO are with him and less then 50% Executives plus 70% army are with Riek. Lets put our usual hatred aside this is real business

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  • 14 June 00:59, by john akeen

    If Riek Machar return back to South Sudan, I’ll be the first one to put my gloves and mask on, don’t blame Kiir government later on. Riek Machar is in save place now, so please don’t force him to come out from that place. thank you

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  • 14 June 13:44, by lomure

    The biggest challenge in S.sudan is of building institutions instead of building and worshiping individuals .if the national dialogue is genuine that can bring lasting peace to the country,we call upon the participation of all the opposing groups to partake in it rather than putting emphasis on individual, the problem in south Sudan is not between Dr Riek and Kiir.

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