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S. Sudan dialogue body says lacks fund for exiled opposition

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June 20, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s steering committee for the national dialogue says lack of funds hindering its efforts to consult exiled rebel leader, Riek Machar and opposition politicians abroad.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda’s capital Kampala January 26, 2016 (Reuters photo)

"A committee has being formed to consult with the leader of the SPLM-IO [Riek Machar] and all [South Sudanese in the] diaspora but as you know, the government has no money and members of the international community are yet to offer their support," said Alfred Taban, a member on the information committee.

"This is serious because without money, we cannot travel outside the country to meet refugees, politicians living in exile. This is a very important step in the national dialogue," he added, shortly after a meeting of the committee chaired by Angelo Beda on Tuesday.

President Salva Kiir launched the national dialogue committee last month as parts of efforts he said will restore confidence among the local communities divided by the war. The bottom-top approach is meant to address local issues as well as national political differences that morphed into the war along tribal lines three years ago.

The armed opposition faction loyal to ex-First Vice President Machar has dismissed the dialogue as a strategy to prolong President Kiir’s legitimacy after the 2015 peace agreement collapsed last year.

International donors are also reluctant to fund the process after President Kiir said his main rival Machar should not participate in the process because "he will come and cause another trouble in Juba."

However, the national dialogue steering committee has insisted that all sides in the war must participate irrespective of President Kiir’s refusal to dialogue with his arch rival. But without fund, amid the economic crisis in South Sudan, the process is likely to further delay.

(ST)

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  • 21 June 10:40, by Mopedi

    Forget this National Dialogue will not succeed, because it’s designed to direct blames to certain group(s) of South Sudanese. It has shallow approaches, strategies, and wrongly timed, and the member’s compositions is to suit the interest of doom government. but the consequences is more blood shed if kiir refuse to go by the will of ss.

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  • 21 June 10:52, by Mopedi

    Whether there is money or not Dr.Riek and politicians abroad border less about the ND they are soon launching South Sudanese world wide Dialogue against Kiir, the committee will be form from every countries including South Sudan.In SS we are Taban,we luck everything, funds, foods,medicine,roads, Doctors, teachers,and very soon we will lack land because Kiir is edging close with business of selling

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  • 21 June 11:29, by Kerem

    Some Sociopaths are taking advantage of the current situation in South Sudan. Abuses and finger pointing shall never bring any peace and it is going to take us generations to change the current attitudes towards ourselves #Give#peace#a#chance

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    • 21 June 14:31, by Mopedi

      Karen,
      The current situation has not created itself, it’s been made my Kiir, so we are taking advantage of Kiir’intellectual deficit that has caused suffering to our people. ’Give peace a chance’ what does peace mean to you?

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  • 21 June 11:30, by Theallseeingeye

    you goons stop confusing the world, first of all you said that is a national solution and it should not involve aliens and foreigners? now you are crying that there is no fund for the bogus ND, yes we knew that before that’s why we were telling you that this ND is going to fail because of issues like these, funds, mediation, grantees, etc for me I think they just want to beg in the name of diaspor

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  • 21 June 11:35, by Sunday Junup

    I said it! No money to consult dr.Machar then you have money for what? You wanted to dialogue a lone? meaningless

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  • 21 June 11:38, by Theallseeingeye

    continue....
    thats why we have been advising you to revive the ARCSS because its cheaper, well documented, well funded, well mediated, etc

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  • 21 June 12:03, by Angelo Achuil

    I think Money is always there but only when someone’s interest’s met. Becoz of fear, nobody wants to commit his money into project you aren’t assured of success. The biggest fear of almost any good brain out there is that non of the warring principals want true peace at his expense and that each is seeking a peace that grantees him absolute power minus punishment - and such a peace is not on earth

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    • 21 June 12:52, by jubaone

      No clear objectives, poor timing, inflated nr of members without clear mandate, no sources of funding, poor organizers, inappropriate venue, lack of confidence and security for participants, foolishness in excluding Riak in the first place, greed and confusion. That is jienge style 😁

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  • 21 June 13:14, by Loch-ley Gajiok

    A cash of $40,000 was confiscated from one of your thieves just this week at Cairo airport and you are here begging the world to give you money for the already failed ND. who do you think you are fooling?

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  • 21 June 14:15, by Theone

    Just put them in a private room with a Skype.
    No money. We are in the age of technology

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  • 21 June 17:05, by Kuar Junub

    Machar must be released before is too late for Dinka criminal gang group to be toppled the war must be taken to Dinka areas like of 1991, they didn’t cry yet we want to hear their cry 1991

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  • 21 June 19:53, by Newsudan

    5 members committee of national dialogue are on the way to S.A to meet Riek, stay tuned for his reaction

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  • 21 June 21:15, by Theone

    Here I’m saying again to all Internet tribalists soldiers.
    You’re useless idiots,you are nothing in South Sudan

    You’d better stay in the western countries where they kept looters refugees like you.

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  • 22 June 07:45, by NasJuba

    this is weird.

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