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South Sudan rebel leader declines national dialogue consultations

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Exiled South Sudanese rebel general Thomas Cirillo poses for a photograph inside his hotel room in Addis Ababa, on April 17, 2017 (Reuters photo)
July 21, 2017 (JUBA)-The leader of the National Salvation Front (NAS) has turned down a request to carry out consultation with the members of national dialogue committee secretariat launched by the President Salva Kiir.

Gen. Thomas Cirilo Swaka said the government was using the dialogue to consolidate power while committing genocide against the people with impunity.

“We would like to re-assert our view that the same government that is spearheading the National Dialogue is also intensifying killings, rapes, and destroying villages and communities all over South Sudan, despite Kiir’s unilateral ceasefire,” reads the letter dated July 18, 2017.

The armed opposition leader, according to the statement, said it was the conviction of his movement that a genuine peace could only be possible after this war is ended through a negotiated peace agreement

He further called for a new peace process as the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan is dead for all practical purpose.

“It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the national dialogue is not a credible solution but a tactical manoeuvre that enable the government to continue to remain in power while committing genocide against the people of South Sudan with impunity," the statement adds.

Swaka was reacting to the letter from the co-chair of the national dialogue committee Angelo Beda seeking when he could meet his team for consultation.

Beda had hoped a meeting takes place on July 20, 2017.

The rebel leader who is also known as Cirillo, resigned as deputy chief of staff of South Sudan’s army (SPLA) in February 2017, citing rights abuses in a war that has split the country along ethnic lines since 2013.

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  • 22 July 00:43, by lino

    National Monologue!!! All oppositions armed and none are declining.
    The Government should shop somewhere else.

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    • 22 July 02:24, by South South

      lino,

      They will come back to it soon with their feet on their shoulder. National dialogue is the only way out from current problems of South Sudan.

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      • 22 July 04:40, by lino

        Monologue doesn’t work!!! Give it another name that will include everyone. Khartoum used to play the same drum. Did they succeed! We all know the another to that question.

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        • 22 July 17:01, by Eastern

          The national dialogue organised by Al Bashir has already failed. I am wondering as to why Kiir wants to undertake what won’t yield any fruit. Angelo Beda has just has his second egg on face. Let him try Changson Chang may be!!

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          • 22 July 18:40, by South South

            South Sudan is South Sudan, and Sudan is Sudan. Problems of South Sudan are the same with Sudan problems. Those who are refusing ND will come back it soon with tails tucked between their legs.

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            • 22 July 21:17, by Eastern

              Continue posturing; the problems of the two Sudan is malfeasance in government. Go ahead with your ND in Juba republic....

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      • 22 July 07:58, by Sunday Junup

        South South,
        If ND is the way then take it to Warraf and Awaei, we don’t not need it we need peace. Let Kiirimnal Mayardit do it between him and Malong Awan.

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      • 22 July 22:04, by The Rhino

        South Sudan,
        Wake up,you jieng idiot!Your National Dialogue was an infirmity,head on.Nobody with a reasoning ability would weigh in for your putrid intentions-that is,to lure and contain the opposition at will and continue to pursue your indignant Jieng(Dinka) premature government practices.Your Dinka government is only hanging on Museveni’s shoulder with a single leg.The clock is ticking until...

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        • 22 July 22:15, by The Rhino

          ..the time comes by, where ordinary South Sudanese will embrace you scumbags with rage and final signature.

          General Thomas Cirillo Swaka was absolutely right to rebuff your bogus National Dialogue and so was Dr.Riak Machar."Too many sacrifices have been made to fall for this crap,...NO WAY! deal with it.

          This Republic of South Sudan will NEVER be a Jieng state,full stop!!!

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    • 22 July 04:55, by Marco A. Wek

      Lino, Thomas was in the same government and he like the rest before him would always complain about the government once they are not being paid. All are self centered. South Sudan has lost confidence on those crooks. Cry the beloved country for all the lost souls in vain.

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      • 22 July 09:24, by lino

        Ya Marco, I have never cheered to these crooks whether in the government or opposition. We were cheering when it was a real SPLM /A under all command of Dr. GARANG!!!
        Since the leader passed on, I have never touch down in that mess. You guys cheered for this authority and so you deserve suffering.

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  • 22 July 03:50, by Kush Natives

    That’s totally fine, your are still looting, raping and killing innocent civilians on the Equatorian roads, still blaming government on your mess. That’s unfortunate. Let those who refused this ND go far away on our way. If they have no interest in peace and opting for war, then let’s do it in your interest.

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  • 22 July 05:06, by john locke

    Kush, do you really believe that kior is for peace? That man called a ceasefire and yet continues to attack us rebels and civilians.. he started this war by killing innocent nuer civilians because he feared riek machar running against him.

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    • 22 July 05:54, by Kuch

      John Locke,
      His name is Kiir & not ’Kior’. So what do you fellows think the phrase "national dialogue" means?. For all l know, these traitors, Pagan Amuom, Rebeca Nyandeng, Thomas Cirilo etc, with an exception of Riek Machar, are being held up hostage in foreign countries by their foreign masters; notably the US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their allies solely to use them against>>>

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      • 22 July 06:00, by Kuch

        the government of South Sudan & the South Sudanese people as their bargaining cards & blackmails. That is how it is fellows, it is just as plain as day & night. But the government of South Sudan must not give in to these traitors & their foreign masters blackmails whatsoever. The US, the UK, France & their gulf Arab state allies are using these same dirty intrigues in Syria, Yemen & Ukraine>>>

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        • 22 July 06:15, by Kuch

          The US, the UK, France, Israel, Turkey & their gulf Arab state allies have made an alliance with Al Qada, Al Nustra, ISIS/L & other terror groups in Syria, Iraq & Yemen are the ones killing the Syrians, Iraqi & Yemeni people, simply because the current president of Syria is a Russian & Iranian ally and the same thing is happening in Yemen. The Huthis who won the elections in Yemen are "shiites">>>

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          • 22 July 06:25, by Kuch

            and these Yemen Huthiis have some of their sympathizers in Iran & Iran is considered by the gulf Arab states & their US, the UK, France allies or protectors. Go to Europe, Ukraine; the US, the UK & their allies backed a Neo-Nazi & fascist president & toppled an elected president by the Ukrainian people because the former Ukrainian president was having a good working relationship>>>

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            • 22 July 06:32, by Kuch

              with the Russian federation. And at the start of the corporate America & some Western European poked their usual long noses into Ukraine, the people of Creamia unilaterally did their own elections & voted overwhelmingly to join Russia federation like what our Abyei Ngok Dinkas/Jiengs did in 2012>>>

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              • 22 July 06:41, by Kuch

                Well, the Creamian people cannot be bullied by any rat from the US, the UK and their creepy allies because the Russians can bloody nose the hell out of the damn evil corporate America, their UK & their creepy allies in between. But here in South though, we are considered by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & their allies to have given>>>

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                • 22 July 06:46, by Kuch

                  us, the South Sudanese people & our country birth. Hence, South Sudanese are to be corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their evils in between allies & our country must be a corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & their evil allies in between over sea’s protectorate>>>

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                  • 22 July 06:52, by Kuch

                    The whole game here in our country is because of our resources, our Nile waters and our relationship with the Chinese companies. Fellows, WW3 is going to start here in our country. The evil white Americans, English people, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their evil allies in between love affair with our country & our people has gone too far>>>

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                    • 22 July 07:00, by Kuch

                      the evils think they can use their usual dirty intrigues to crawl their evil selves into our country. But the evils do not know here in Dinka/Monyjang country, that is not going to happen under the sun. We have never ever been a fan of any evil on earth who thinks he/she can stand over our necks never ever>>>

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                      • 22 July 07:05, by Kuch

                        Fellows, this is what the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their evil allies in between are doing in our country & our against our people:http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-opium-wars-the-bloody-conflicts-destroyed-imperial-china-17212
                        http://www.historytoday.com/julia-lovell/opium-wars-both-sides-now

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                        • 22 July 07:35, by Kuch

                          For the South Sudanese people who were not born after 2005, those knowledgeable South Sudanese people might be aware of what was called *one country, two system* and the criminals who so vociferous about this bullshit idea were the British just like they did used that same dirty intrigue in Hong Kong centuries ago. Something that no South Sudanese with a brain would have/would dare entertains(ed)>

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                          • 22 July 09:17, by Kuch

                            But we have some of our South Sudanese fools who are still *rooting their evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus & some of their evils in between, in our country. But we are back fellows, there is no way under the sun. We would want the so-called *israel*, their gulf Arab states evils, White Americans, their English people rubbish>>>

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                            • 22 July 15:09, by Kuch

                              and some of their rubbish in between to toy around in our country, with our people. Simple And Plain

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              • 22 July 17:40, by lino

                Kuch, why then the Government of South Sudan doesn’t up to date recognize the Abyei People Referendum?!!! As you know Russia did recognize Creamia’s Referendum overnight!!!
                The government in Juba is being bullied by Sudan in regards to Abyei, boarders, and oil, and it was a reason their is a mess got created in the country by NCP boys in Kiir’s government.

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    • 22 July 10:51, by Kush Natives

      john locke,
      Where was Riek Machar, when those innocent civilians Nuer were massacred? It’s the same Riek Machar that who blind fools you that he have an army that supposed to protect you since day one, but felt short handed over his stupid calculated bar. Now, we’re determined to drive out unwanted parasite in the jungle of South Sudan. Keep dreaming of Riek fools!

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  • 22 July 07:35, by john locke

    Kuch, you rant about the same thing, day in and day out. Like ive said before, please get mental help. You are schizophrenic. Non of what you said is true. Its all a conspiracy theory. And last but not least, its jews, not juus.

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  • 22 July 08:04, by Sunday Junup

    Please,
    If you can reach Thomas Cirillo, remind him that he is not rebel leader but political party leader because since he run out he never captured even a single village but waiting to take advantage of Dr.Riak rebellion

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    • 22 July 11:06, by Kush Natives

      Sunday Junup,
      You fools will remain fools for good! How in a world would you still called Thomas Cirilo a political party, while he already took up arm? I bet you folks compherend how political work. And if that’s the case here, then we’re dealing or debating will the wrong elites who’re battling with the brain cells systolic.

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      • 22 July 13:39, by Sunday Junup

        Kuch Native,
        Can you tell me Thomas Cirillo headquarter and when he first launched his offensive mission against Kiirimnal Mayardit? Otherwise you don’t differentiate exiled politician and rebellion

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        • 24 July 05:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Do not mix things and see things through tribal glasses. Machar does not own a movement but South Sudanese do though Nuer people were more than others in number.

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  • 22 July 08:29, by MD from far East

    Practical the peaces talk is dead ,ND is wasting time tactics ideally meant for the fools, what do we dialogue? with who ? when it is crystal clear is political prob , which stared in SPLM unit. this ND will not archived anything at last, we are here to see. got us back to square one. since the marriage of Kiir$ Taban has not work now one year plus they are not capable 2 lead let be honest

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  • 22 July 08:35, by Ajongtar

    National Dialogue or SPLM Dialogue?

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  • 22 July 11:38, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    If ARCISS could not resolve national issues of the country so will ND too as long as long as the leader that sank South Sudan continue to preside over the country.

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  • 22 July 15:36, by gatkhor Nueri

    Government of kleptocracy

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  • 25 July 08:54, by Jongo

    Dear All Junobien
    QUESTION What do you really want? all of you, don’t rush giving answers think twice Kiir VS IO Riak,FD Bagan,DF Lam,& other Arm groups all in/out, what’s this now if you turned all this to opposite. We need to go back to fight one big dirty last fight & after we get tiered than we start talking & till then cool down ready to warm up

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