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South Sudan peace monitor urges concrete measures for permanent ceasefire

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July 11, 2017 (JUBA)- The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for South Sudan peace on Tuesday held discussions with President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai during which he urged the two leaders to propose concrete measures for a sustainable ceasefire.

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JMEC Chairman, Festus Mogae, briefs the UN Security Council, on the implementation of the peace agreement on 31 March 2016 (ST Photo)

“The success will depend on the willingness of all parties to make concrete proposals and make compromises for the sake of peace in this country,” Festus Mogae told reporters shortly after meeting President Salva Kiir at the presidential palace in Juba on Tuesday

Mogae, who held separate talks with the two leaders, sought their viewpoints on the revitalization process and recommendations on how the process can be made to achieve the desired goals.

He gave an update on the regional consultations that led to the convening of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Extra-ordinary Summit in Addis in June.

The head of the Peace monitoring group met outlined the objectives of the High-Level Revitalization Forum, saying it needs for parties to propose “concrete measures” to restore the permanent ceasefire, return to full implementation of the Agreement and develop a revised timeline towards democratic elections.

Mogae outlined the revitalization process is not a re-negotiation of the Agreement but “a window of opportunity” for all parties and other estranged groups willing to return to or join the implementation to do so within the framework of the Agreement.

Meanwhile cabinet affairs Martin Elia Lomuro said the revitalization of the peace Agreement does not amount to renegotiation but a way to explore the opportunities to speed up the implementation of the Peace Agreement. He described the meeting as very cordial and productive.

Lomuro said foreign ministers from Intergovernmental Authority on Development member countries will on Wednesday convene a meeting in Juba for the purpose of revitalization of the implementation of peace Agreement

(ST)

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  • 12 July 00:29, by Malakal county Simon

    Maybe some one need to transilated the word revitalization to the unwanted illiterate president Kiir, and maybe that’s may help....

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  • 12 July 04:07, by lino

    What the F**K going with these African leaders? Is it Kiir and Taban fighting and thus both need cease fire, or these 2 leaders in the government fighting the rest of the country?
    Both Taban and Kiir must talk to the opposition so cease fire can come to the country.
    The government must admit that it’s tribal counter insurgency went wrong already, and they must pay big price for it.

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  • 12 July 06:42, by Eastern

    Now this is naivety of the highest order; Kiir and El Tabani Deng don’t fght. What concrete measures should the two take other than waging the current war against armed opposition? The situation in South Sudan is beyond Festus Mogae’s comprehension...

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  • 12 July 07:23, by Lenin Bull

    Hon.Festus Mogae circumventing the truth wouldn’t work. IO are on loose ordered by their demi-god in South Africa to keep on fighting and attacking government forces and civilians on roads for his release. It is either truth is told frankly and without fear or nothing is done. Begging president Kiir or FVP Taban for cease fire is like asking a hungry person whether he needs some headache tablets

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  • 12 July 07:29, by Lenin Bull

    or some seeds and tools for growing food in next year’s agriculture season. Why is it difficult for JMEC to unequivocally ask Riek and forces to declare ceasefire like the government and devise punitive measures for belligerent party that violate this order. I tend to think that the international community is playing us one against the other for their own selfish interests.

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    • 12 July 11:13, by Eastern

      Lenin Bull,

      Monitoring and enforcing any punitive action deviced will still require money from the white man. Ever heard of African problems (ineptitude, ignorance, dieseases, etc) require African solutions. African solutions will continue to hold out the begging bowl to Big Sam et al....This Is Africa, a continent of contradictions!!!

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  • 12 July 07:34, by Lenin Bull

    IO has said it loud and clear in broad day light to anyone who wants to listen that they are out there fighting and that they don’t give a damn shit to any ceasefire declared by President Kiir unless their guru is released and not only released but reinstated as the FVP for the country. JMEC is kiding us South Sudanese people.

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    • 12 July 11:22, by Majesty

      Lenin,
      Good piece, this is the way forward. Salva Kiir as president has failed and the country can’t get out of the mess until he leaves. The kind of peace Kiir is pursuing as he did in 2006 isn’t only rewarding prodigal sons, he’s punishing, betraying and blaming war on heroes who liberated and or again are defending it. Peace over and over again can’t be made on the back of others.

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  • 12 July 08:23, by Tilo

    What the hell kiir and Taban Deng need ceasefire for?, They already have good working relationship. Mogae should talk about something productive for south Sudanese not only the good working relationship sh**t.
    Mogae please tell South Sudanese when are you sending RPF, If you cannot Manage Kiir and Taban please vacate your position and allow competent person to take over. We are tired of fake peac

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  • 12 July 09:13, by Adok son

    There is no peace without the main rebel’s leader Riek Machar, unless those of Taban and Kiir needs to play with the word "Peace".
    Let there be a real third party to mediate the talk between Riek Machar and Salva Kiir so that peace can prevailed in our country instead of wasting time to seeks peace from two_timers.

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  • 12 July 19:32, by Newsudan

    breaking news:
    Pagak will fall soon

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