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South Sudan’s Kiir says one-sided ceasefire cannot stop war

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President Salva Kiir attends a session during the 25th Extraordinary Summit of the (IGAD) on South Sudan in Addis Ababa March 13, 2014 (Reuters Photo)
July 10, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir says some armed opposition faction fighters have been integrated into the national army and have accepted to respond to the unilateral ceasefire he declared while launching the national dialogue initiative in May.

"I am glad to report to you that some of the armed rebel groups across the country have accepted our call for peace through the National Dialogue and have largely abandoned rebellion. In response, the government has accepted to integrate these forces under the framework of the 2015 Peace Agreement,” said Kiir.

The South Sudan leader said the nation’s citizens needed to be given the opportunity to live in peace and to be productive economically.

“This can only happen when all parties to the conflict accept and honour the ceasefire”, he added.

Kiir called on the armed groups to reciprocate the ceasefire, which his government has declared and respect the cessation of hostilities agreement and allow for achievement of a permanent ceasefire.

“We will continue to call upon those who are still carrying arms and persuade them to respond. It is no longer justifiable to fight on as this only leads to loss of innocent lives, the destruction of properties, and delays in building our country. War is not an option,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, minister of electricity and dams said independence will remain for generations, though the current situation has frustrated many citizens, a majority of whom are angry with the current leadership for failing to meet expectations.

“I know many South Sudanese are annoyed by the situation that engulfed our country but let us remember that the independence is there to remain for generations to come and tomorrow will be brighter, and after all many rising nations passed through this rough road. Be optimistic compatriots”, said Wol.

South Sudan has, for two years in a row, failed to commemorate its independence anniversaries, owing to the economic crisis that the young nation is currently facing.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million displaced in South Sudan’s worst violence since it gained independence from neighbouring Sudan in July 2011. The vote in a referendum was a key component of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

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  • 11 July 00:07, by john locke

    Kiir is a very confused man.. how can you declare a cease fire yet continue to threaten the capture of pagak? I mean his forces may have the weapons, but they cannot ,atch our forces fighting power

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    • 11 July 15:25, by Mopedi

      Hello everyone
      If all of us are South Sudanese and we want to build peaceful, democratic, and prosperous country. Its time for us to close our eyes and turn our back to Kiir,Dr. Riak and all those troubles our peaceful coexistence. Kiir like any other politicians in the Country is not the foundation neither the country’s foundation is laid upon them, why should we hate ourselves if SS is for us al

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      • 11 July 15:33, by Mopedi

        Why should we hate or love one more than other tribes? why should we wipe- out our own, why should we make others starve. even though Countries who under gone though such has seen what is happening now in our country under SPLA whatever affiliations. Is that purpose of a leaders we want to have in South Sudan?

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        • 11 July 15:44, by Mopedi

          The current suffering overshadowed all the past sufferings, better Arabs than our own " South Sudanese petitions to God" men are holding guns for months without money, civil servants starve in the hand and because of their own choice they made during 2011 election.Is Kiir a blessing or a curse to South Sudanese? the same to everyone pointing guns at his own ones. better to die than living hearing

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          • 11 July 15:51, by Mopedi

            and witnessing people being killed in the name of unknown gunmen yet are believed to be some element of national security of Kiir, why should a dinka, a nuer or equatoria be killed because of where they comes from. your these unknown gunmen/women you are sons and daughters of this beloved nation which your own hands is destroying god is counting on your killings you will pay for it

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            • 11 July 16:02, by Mopedi

              Con... The international community has started implementing trusteeship indirectly by providing all short of service delivery in all the refugee camps, then followed by integration of refugees and asylum seeker in those host countries this will draw everybody out of SS just because we’re traditional thinkers in term of Dinka, Nuer or Equatoria but not as South Sudanese.

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              • 11 July 16:13, by Mopedi

                Conclusion if all those who are holding guns could listen to my advice collect all the guns and return them if you support Kiir give to Kiir,give back to Taban , the same to Lam Akol, Dr. Riak, or Cirilo. let the them come and fight while we watch can they take more than a day fighting? can people suffer this much? can the economy collapse to way no it us contributing to out failure let stop now

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                • 11 July 16:27, by Mopedi

                  If we all stop supporting, Kiir, Taban, Lam Dr.Riak,Cirilo or if those holding guns stop fighting in support of their boss, during engagement they should sit down and discuss- soldiers- soldiers dialogue, instead of exchanging fire, stop propaganda of victory on one side that this or that has happened, meet and discuss daily find out as soldiers new way of restoring peace back in South Sudan.

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  • 11 July 00:37, by Roxay Andy

    Mr.John please digest your words sometimes how do you feel when everyone wants to be in freedom and you are the one still preaching hatred and division.
    If you feel you cant contribute something developmental here its better you stay with your words of division.

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    • 11 July 04:25, by dinkdong

      Andy,
      Are you sure Kiir was preaching peace and reconciliation? Was it to "Internet warriors?" And what kind of peace was he preaching when the army he is in charge of ie stepping up their operations on the rebels held positions? Stop deluding yourself. There’s no peace in South Sudan.

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  • 11 July 00:40, by Theone

    Who told president Kiir that the hotel addicted Machar want peace, The Khartoum money depend of war

    Do people of South Sudan really think Riek will abandon North Sudan money?

    Riek will finish with the Nuer first before blood money.

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    • 11 July 07:01, by Malakal county Simon

      Theone/black Arab

      You’re such a nuckle head based on your reasoning!!!! Since you don’t like the failed president Kiir, maybe you should start going to street and protest against him and see if it’s will work instead writing nonsense arguments.... Who said Kiir want election?? Please stop bullshit for God sakes!!!!

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  • 11 July 00:52, by john locke

    Peace will only prevail when kiir leaves power and faces justice for the thousands he killed in juba and comtinues to kill. Peace will prevail when the 74 tribes of south sudan turn against the jiangs and the tables turn.. only than will i smile and feel that peace has prevailed.

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    • 11 July 06:39, by Kush Natives

      john locke,
      When confused rebels elements rushed into everything that they have no clue of start commenting childishly. Where have you got that an aceeded number? There’s no 74 tribes in South Sudan, unless if you are hopelessly think that we’re an Ethiopian. Get the fact first and foremost before you comment here next time! You’re wasting your time for what you don’t even know.

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      • 11 July 07:18, by Newsudan

        brother Kush natives
        Forgive John Locke, he is just graduated from kindergarten to enrolled for primary 1. I don’t understand him at all,he speak pidgin, a mixed of little English and Thok Nas

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  • 11 July 03:24, by Newsudan

    Mr.President, ceasefire can’t hold becos Khartoum mercenaries are fighting for their master El Bashir. all border areas of Sudan are front line so far.

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  • 11 July 03:26, by john locke

    Newsudan.. so you support what kiir is doing to the country? What positive thing has he done for our country? Hes been killing non dinka and committing genocide against the nuer

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    • 11 July 03:38, by Newsudan

      John Locke
      am not wholely supporting Kiir, but If I may ask you,what are you Riek io terrorists group fighting for? Riek position is it? Violence is not only way of changing regime at present time. we have other means such as:
      1.peaceful election 2018
      2.popular peaceful street protest n strike although people are held hostage at gunpoint all over the country
      3.International pressure on the govt

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  • 11 July 03:33, by Sunday Junup

    Please joint hand with peace lover to resuscitate this peace agreement. How can you keep Taban who can not help in building the nation. Dhiew Mathok, you are among those positions looking opportunies. We will call for Kiir to step down or no peace negotiations

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    • 11 July 04:20, by Newsudan

      Sunday Junup
      are you drunk? or which weed are you smoking, every time ur singing Riek, Riek is done deal, he will not see South Sudan again. Just fold your antennas and put tail between your legs and joined peace wing of STD.

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  • 11 July 04:24, by john akeen

    Peace, peace will come to South Sudan by any means
    Peace, peace will come to South Sudan by any means
    Peace, peace will come to South Sudan by any means
    Peace, peace will come to South Sudan by any means
    national dialogue is the only way. Please abandon rebellion and come back home and accept peace if you love your nation South Sudanese people

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  • 11 July 05:17, by john locke

    Newsudan.. i find it funny that you believe that riek is never coming back to south sudan. How can youre kiir pay to keep kiir in exile? Yet continue to run back to him to plead with him to join a fake dialogue. Kior should step down.. taban will step down soon to. He has no troops. All kiir and taban do is buy sudanese mercenaries to fight their war. Your troops are finished

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  • 11 July 06:26, by Eastern

    Kiir and cohorts are reasoning like villagers! Ceasfires are NEGOTIATED WITH ENEMIES.....You don’t just declare ceasefire as if you are in 100% control of South Sudan. Let morons see the futility Kiir is pursuing!

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    • 11 July 06:41, by South South

      Eastern,

      I find it very hard to believe that you have good education because you think like a baby. When Kiir announced ceasefires from one side he know exactly what he is leading himself to. He knows that IO of Riek will continue fighting, but Kiir has won. No single one in regional or internationally can point fingers at him right now. Fighting a war can not be won by guns alone man.

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      • 11 July 07:51, by Eastern

        South South,

        Is that how those chest thumping to have some education reason? Kiir has commited more heinous crimes to be ignored! You and Kiir are living in utopia where Kiir’s in control 100%. You have quickly and half heartedly belived the fallacy that a ceasefire ordered by Kiir will absolve him from the crimes he’s committed because those fighting him have not reciprocated? We have morons!

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        • 11 July 09:55, by South South

          Eastern,
          Morons are those who say to public that they have very good education, but struggle to think or write simple sentences in English, they are real morons, right? Ceasefires from one side was not meant to avoid crimes committed, again this show us you are very stupid. If someone committed crimes, then announce ceasefires, how could that clear the crimes committed? Oh God helps us Eastern!!!!

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          • 11 July 10:43, by Eastern

            South South,

            If you want us to trade barbs, we will walk down that lane. Kiir is obviously playing to the gallery and his actions are applauded by lowlives like you. Kiir committed war crimes; Kiir massacared Nuers in Juba, Kiir looted UN warehouse in Juba, Kiir raped foreign women in Juba for which Kiir is standing trial. By Kiir declaring ceasefire, as if he’s in 100% control of the country....

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            • 11 July 10:47, by Eastern

              ...you morons think the regional and international community will hold Kiir in high esteem. The most painful decision Kiir must make is to cede power or South Sudan and South Sudanese will have to live with the burden in the person of Kiir. Case closed!!!

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              • 11 July 14:10, by Eastern

                You have 54% ceasefire in the security arrangement already implemented, why are you worried the little remaining if you believe in what Kuethpiny is saying?

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                • 11 July 15:02, by South South

                  Eastern,

                  I am so happy you are avoiding the claim you used to post everyday about having good education. You are moron and you have fake degree. How do I know? horrible mistakes you make everyday when you write in your mother tongue, English. Kiir is our president, sit with it like that or start crying moron and stupid.

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  • 11 July 06:35, by john locke

    John akeen. I am from Southern Sudan in nasir in uppernile state

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    • 11 July 09:43, by john akeen

      Oh okay Mr. John Locke I told you go to say you’re from Nuer not from Southern Sudan. Thank you and continuing on saying that, thank you again

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  • 11 July 06:42, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President, I urge you to implement your side, worry less about the other side, because the other side are on the darkness of the earth, they even know for sure what peace mean. They’re labeled as terrorists organizations.

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    • 11 July 07:52, by Eastern

      Continue pursuing fallacies.....The armed rebellion requires political settlement; nothing more, nothing less....

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    • 11 July 14:54, by Mopedi

      Kush Natives.
      Kiir has declared war on his own citizens and has decided to declare ceasefire what is wrong with that? let him implement both war and ceasefire as he want,now we see he is being detained under Juba arrest by the situation. I hate pretenders supporting what Kiir is doing, they contribute towards our people’s sufferings, lets change please

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  • 11 July 07:21, by quiz

    Big Lie you are, whose opposition accepted ND you claiming? The strong freedom fighters force under vision leader Dr.Riek are still strong and opposing ur ND. why U are confusing the citizens? UR ND with Tabanist will not yield fruits forever. Opposition forces under Dr.Riek will cease struggle even you keep Dr.Riek in South Africa for live. Mark my words

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  • 11 July 08:09, by Lenin Bull

    It is uncharacteristic for the head of a sovereign state to complain about gang of core criminals of not reciprocating government good will for ceasefire. No government in world not in our near region or farther afield shares territories with gangs of core criminals. Stop complaining and do what is expected of sovereign state deserving respect in the community of independent states or resign.

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    • 11 July 09:26, by Eastern

      Not that Kiir is whining without doing anything, the Mathiang Anyoors have been stretched thin all over South Sudan trying very hard to contain the various armed rebellions. Kiir was not strategic in choosing to wage a war of attrition whose only outright victory is pyrrhic!! Daniel Awet Akot better go back to the drawing board...

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      • 11 July 19:45, by Kuch

        Eastern, you want the big boys like Daniel Awet Akot to play to your *play your dirty game in our county?* Be very careful chap, *eastern*. The battalion of ’Kuei, of Muor Muor is from Daniel Awet Akot country, of greater Rumbek country, Makuoor Aliau, Mr. Panhom of Yirol >>>

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        • 11 July 20:02, by Eastern

          Kuch,

          We still have the skulls of those Mour Mour casualties with the distinctive Bahr el Ghazal dinkas in my village. Those cattle camp folks were mowed by the machine guns of the jalaba in the early 1980s...Not that I rejoice over that catastrophy, Kiir needs to change tact...

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        • 11 July 20:02, by Kuch

          Eastern, when the boys of "KUEI battalion and other battalions" were released by the SPLM/A’s of Daniel Awet Akot from Jebel Bongo, the so-called ethioipa, they went and walked over Rumbek. And that was purposely to get rid of *you cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan out of country*>>>

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          • 11 July 22:01, by Eastern

            Kuch,

            There’s a grave yard of these KUEI folks near my village; I have heard about that story countless times....

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